Senior Director of Development - College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder's College of Music encourages applications for a Senior Director of Development. This role designs, directs and implements resource development activities for the College; works directly with the Assistant Dean and Dean of the College; is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating fundraising activities; may directly supervise advancement professionals and frequently leads matrixed work and project teams of advancement professionals. This role also manages the operating budget for designated advancement program(s) within the College.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Office of Advancement is a professional and hard-working advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the University. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the University is able to attract the brightest students, support and grow our hardworking faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future.

The College of Music Advancement Team is a collaborative group of skilled professionals who elevate the College of Music (COM) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF).

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be


  • Contribute substantially to the strategy formulation and policy-making in support of the Assistant Dean for Advancement, focusing on major gift strategy and prospect development with a particular emphasis on major gift cultivation and stewardship activity and its intersection with other program elements of the advancement operation and long-term development and engagement goals of the College of Music and Boulder Advancement.
  • Develop engagement, solicitation and stewardship plans for major gift donors and prospects to the College of Music, CU Presents and Artists Series and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival with a particular focus on the development of new prospective donors to these and other flagship programs of the College and its collaborating partners in the performing arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Represent the University of Colorado Boulder and the College of Music at CU events in order to represent advancement leadership, steward, cultivate and identify future donors.
  • Undertake pan-campus advancement planning, evaluation and learning projects at the recommendation of the Assistant Dean for Advancement and the approval of the Associate Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs Advancement.

Individual Contribution

  • Successfully manage a personal portfolio of 100 major and principal gift prospects. Measurable individual performance goals are set annually, focusing on five to ten key performance indicators, with the Assistant Dean for Advancement for the College of Music and approved by Boulder advancement leadership and represent the majority (typically @75%) of the overall annual performance evaluation.
  • Achieve annual and multi-year performance and portfolio engagement goals, consistently developing the portfolio of assigned relationships towards solicitation of existing and future donors at or above $100,000 with the intent of sustaining and growing donors' impact on the College of Music and CU Boulder.
  • With a “CU-First” philosophy and a donor-centric framework, facilitate meaningful cultivation and stewardship of donors to advance philanthropic conversations and deepen relationships with university and advancement partners to support fundraising strategies for College of Music donors and prospects with multiple areas of engagement and interest at the University of Colorado.
  • Capture prospect strategies, document contact reports, evaluate new prospects, generate stewardship reports and required correspondence to cultivate major gift prospects, enabling positive relationships among donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff.

Major Gift Prospect Development and Engagement

  • In partnership with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, lead and coordinate the College’s efforts to establish an amplified focus on major and principal giving and its intersection with alumni and community engagement leading to growth in major gift ($100K+) results, deepening the base of potential major gift prospects.
  • Craft a focused plan to develop major gift prospects from the subscriber and patron base of highly visible programs like Takács Quartet, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Opera, and CU Presents.
  • Plan and coordinate post-campaign stewardship engagement for donors to the concluding music+ campaign.
  • Plan and support execution of strategic improvements in digital impact reporting and cultivation programming for music+, Takács Quartet, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Opera, and CU Presents donors, members and patrons, linking these efforts to annual giving and alumni and community engagement.

Major Gift Program Coordination

  • Successfully support and manage members of the College of Music advancement team through direct supervision and leadership of matrixed work groups focusing on implementing major gift prospecting, cultivation and stewardship engagement plans; guide and coach cross-functional collaboration among all members of the music advancement team in the continuous development of major gift prospects and successful implementation identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and tactics.
  • Collaborate effectively with the Dean of the College, key faculty and volunteers to develop and implement strategy to meet established major giving program fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Organize and coordinate the major gift engagement strategies for all managed donor and prospective donor relationships at the College of Music; collaborate effectively with all COM philanthropy, engagement, stewardship and event planning personnel to optimize leadership annual giving participation from the collective portfolio of managed relationships.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $118,000 - $142,500.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 7 years of successful field-facing major and/or principal gift fundraising experience.
  • Prior personnel management experience.

What You Will Need

  • Success in fundraising within a university setting.
  • Personal computer proficiency especially related to Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; BSR-Advance.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate degree in related field.
  • 10+ years of successful field-facing major and/or principal gift fundraising experience required.
  • Experience working within a university or a non-profit development or advancement organization.
  • Background in and passion for music or other area of the arts is strongly preferred.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by May 14, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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