Assistant & Associate Director of Development

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business encourages applications for two development professionals, an Assistant and Associate Director of Development!

Both positions are relationship-builders and ambassador for the Leeds School of Business. Working primarily with alumni and business and community members in Colorado and a specified geographic region of the United States, the assistant and associate directors will help individuals build meaningful relationships with Leeds and inspire financial investments in the school’s vision, mission and programs.

The Assistant Director of Development requires a minimum of 1 year of front line face-to-face fundraising, sales, public relations, or transferrable relationship management experience, preferably in a University setting. The assistant director will be focused on growing an existing portfolio of relationships capable of making philanthropic commitments of $25,000 and above. This position typically handles early and mid-level, moderately complex donor and prospective donor relationships, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing their engagement and investment. Significant discovery and qualification opportunities exist, and should be an important and expected part of this role.

The Associate Director of Development requires a minimum of 2 years of front line face-to-face fundraising, sales, public relations, or transferrable relationship management experience, preferably in a University setting. You will play a role in establishing a deep-rooted culture of philanthropy across the University and among the Leeds alumni and partner community. The primary focus for this role is to work personally with people around the country to inspire major philanthropic gifts of $25,000 and above.

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.

Leeds is on a trajectory to become one of our nation’s preeminent business schools. Through a culture centered on integrity and excellence, Leeds is devoted to producing innovative, principled business leaders who are equipped to drive value, graduates who possess the analytical abilities and skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive marketplace, and students who are nurtured in academic programs by top-tier faculty and staff.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

A daily commitment to collaboration, innovation and excellence

  • Manage a portfolio of around 120 current and prospective donors. You’ll be responsible for strategizing and leading efforts to engage these individuals with Leeds, working toward gift solicitations (working towards commitments of $25K and above) and other significant investments in the school.
  • Build new relationships. Conduct discovery meetings with alumni and other community members to gauge opportunities to bring individuals and businesses into our work.
  • Align donor interests with strategic priorities and opportunities at Leeds. Work closely with faculty and staff to facilitate gifts conversations and investments in programs across Leeds and CU Boulder.
  • Manage internal relationships, including with the CU Foundation team, to ensure that we deliver on our promises to donors and their investments. Manage timely and accurate completion of all stages of work to close gifts to Leeds.
  • Represent the Leeds School at events and use school engagements as opportunities to deepen donors’ relationships with Leeds and CU Boulder. Facilitate non-event engagements such as volunteer opportunities and student interactions to strategically build relationships in ways that utilize prospects time, talent, and professional expertise.
  • Expect to travel 25% of the time.
  • Annual visit and proposal expectations are clearly communicated in CU’s metrics planning.

What We Can Offer

The Assistant Director of Development salary is $60,000.

The Associate Director of Development salary range is $71,000-$73,903.


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

Assistant Director of Development:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 1 year of professional job related experience.

Associate Director of Development:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 2 years of fundraising experience.

What You Will Need

  • Embrace the vision, mission, and values of CU Boulder, the Leeds School of Business and the Office of Advancement.
  • Are an all-around strong communicator.
  • Like making connections and building relationships on a personal and institutional level.
  • Have resilience and grit.
  • Have a team focused, collaborative approach to work.

We hope you come into the organization with the following skills and abilities:

  • Ability to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.
  • A learning approach seeking to grow every day.
  • Comfort trying new things as an individual and as a team in pursuit of our team’s core values, which are: impact, community, integrity, ambition, innovation, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate an organization’s mission and vision for a variety of audiences.

We can train an incoming candidate:

  • About CU Boulder and how to represent programs to prospective donors.
  • About the industries and partners that Leeds commonly works with, including finance, accounting, real estate, entrepreneurship and high-growth ventures, etc.
  • Trends and opportunities for creating positive changes through investment in higher education.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate work in related field.
  • Experience in higher education or nonprofit fundraising.

Special Instructions

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

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by May 24, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through C CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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