The University of Colorado Boulder's Athletics Advancement Team
encourages applications for a Managing Senior Director of
Advancement! This position is part of a robust team that serves as
the front door for Athletics Advancement on campus. The Managing
Senior Director manages the Athletics Advancement team and holds a
portfolio of industry partners that are capable of providing grants
and making gifts at major and principal gift levels that help
further the mission and goals of the university. This position is
primarily responsible for crafting and implementing strategies to
advance cultivation, engagement, and solicitation activities within
their portfolio of industry partners, and reports to the Assistant
Vice Chancellor/Senior Associate Athletic Director.
The Managing Senior Director will provide leadership within the
university community and act as the strategic partner who is
responsible for developing, managing, and sustaining the
university’s relationship with key external foundation
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.
As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the
prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only
member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to
directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative
research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and
students work with the broader community to establish unique
connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and
around the world.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Hires and develops a team of 4-6 development officers and is
responsible for their portfolio development and annual metrics via
regular performance meetings and annual reviews.
Supports team in their ability to contribute to the overall annual
Is an active and contributing member of the Athletics leadership
team and supports the structural model of the team, helping shape
the team and its activities.
Manages portfolio consisting of (30-50) prospects, developing and
implementing strategies for each partner in portfolio. Maintains an
active portfolio, engaging in qualification and discovery work in
partnership with research team. Goals relating to personal contacts
(phone, email, Zoom, in-person, travel), number of proposed gifts,
grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by
manager. Travel (once COVID restrictions are eased) on own and in
partnership with colleagues and university leadership will be
Coordinates with Assistant Vice Chancellor/Sr. Associate Athletic
Director to maintain pipeline projections. At a Managing Senior
Director level, it is expected that a majority of activity will
focus on major gifts ($100k+), with a goal of growing relationships
to a principal gift level ($3M+).
Ensures prospect strategies and donor intent agreements are
documented, contact reports are filed, and stewardship plans are
carried out. Develops letters of intent, white papers, proposals,
and other documents to grow relationships with prospects.
Coordinates with appropriate university partners to ensure that
documents align with policies and procedures set by the university.
Works to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges
and gift agreements.
Through external engagement, develops and maintains awareness of
funding opportunities. Elevates high- priority initiatives to the
attention of appropriate administrators and other leaders to
further campus goal of securing ground-breaking partnerships. Lends
leadership to shape fundraising strategies for these
Internal and External Relations
Represents the Advancement Athletics team to key internal leaders.
Understands higher education environment, working at a
sophisticated level to identify and partner with key internal
partners, including faculty, unit leaders, and administration.
Develops trust, operating as campus leader for developing and
implementing campus-level industry strategies and strategies that
support individual assigned area(s). Understands the roles and
responsibilities of our campus internal/boundary partners and
coordinates with various internal entities to facilitate holistic
relationships with industry partners. University partners include
the Research and Innovation Office (RIO), academic units,
Institutes and Centers, and boundary partners such as Office of
Contracts and Grants (OCG), Buffalo Sports Properties, career
services, the CU Foundation, and others.
Represents CU with external partners to position CU’s efforts
within those organizations and more broadly as appropriate (e.g.,
coordination with our government affairs and outreach team on
matters that impact CU Boulder and industry partnerships and
strategic moves coordinating the involvement with our university
leadership = President).
Represents the Athletics Advancement unit at campus and external
events in order to support the University and cultivate/steward
What You Should Know
M-F, 8-5; evenings and weekends; domestic travel required.
What We Can Offer
The salary range is $118,000 – $141,000 annually.
Relocation is available within department guidelines. Additional
Athletics benefits include: Athletic Event Tickets: Per Athletic
Department Policy and NCAA regulations, Nike Elite Employee
Benefit: Per Nike Elite Policy.
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
Be Game-Changing. Be Successful. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Seven years of fundraising experience, or similar experience in
a related area involving grant solicitation/writing or university
partnership/program development required.
- Previous experience working in an intercollegiate athletics
What We Would Like You To Have
- Sophisticated knowledge of fundraising techniques. Demonstrated
ability to cultivate and solicit donations from industry partners
and/or individuals at major and principal gift levels.
- Expert ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and
develop and maintain interpersonal relationships. Expert ability to
analyze information/situations and solve problems.
- Expert ability to handle sensitive information discretely and
- Solid ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks
simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and
collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities
- Knowledge of current issues facing public universities and
interests of assigned area, students, faculty, and alumni.
- Personal computer proficiency required, especially as related
to Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; donor
tracking software (Advance helpful). Paciolan/Spectra ticketing and
donor development software.
- Graduate work in related field.
- Previous experience leading and developing people.
- Experience as a major gift's officer with capital fundraising
campaign experience (D1 experience).
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- 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 August 4, 2021 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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