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Associate Director, Campaign Planning and Strategy

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 4, 2023

Job Summary

CU Boulder Advancement encourages applications for an Associate Director, Campaign Planning and Strategy ! This role reports to the Senior Director for Campaign Planning and Strategy and sits within the alignment that also includes principal giving and strategic initiatives, donor relations, data insights, and the CU System Advancement embedded staff from prospect research, prospect development, annual giving, and gift planning. The Associate Director will be responsible for the management and execution of key functions within campaign planning and operations to support CU Boulder Advancement’s first comprehensive campaign.

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

CU Boulder Advancement is committed to a culture of joy, motivated by collaboration, passionate about excellence and driven by impact. These four values define our culture and drive our engagement and fundraising success.

At CU Boulder Advancement, we allocate time and resources to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our efforts contribute directly to our division’s core values and to advancing CU Boulder’s mission through impactful fundraising and engagement results. As a team and as individuals, we commit to learning about and challenging systems, policies, and practices that enable oppressive ideologies to recur in our community. (Oppressive ideologies include racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and other “isms” that cause harm. This list is not exhaustive and may evolve in our pursuit of collective liberation.) Embracing our responsibility to lead and model helps promote the culture we desire while supporting our internal and external constituents. Accountability for our commitment to DEI is established

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Project Oversight/Task Execution/Tactical Work
  • Prepare campaign-related materials and presentations for the Advancement leadership team for internal and external communication as requested.
  • Anticipate and recommend campaign related internal communications to Senior Director, Campaign Planning and Strategy for execution.
  • Assist in staffing campaign-related committees and teams, as required.
  • Scope, plan and implement multiple, often quick-turnaround projects as needed.
  • Maintain a professional network across peer institutions, gather and share campaign standard processes.
  • Facilitate internal planning meetings; perform, delegate, and manage all related projects to completion.
  • Liaise with retained campaign counsel as needed.
  • Develop detailed project schedules, timelines, resource requirements, and budgets.
  • Anticipate issues and proactively develop contingency plans.
Strategy and Execution
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Director of Campaign Strategy and Planning, lead in the planning and execution of initiatives critical to the success of the comprehensive campaign, such as the proactive communication and collaboration with Advancement team members, tracking of campaign progress via key performance indicators and coordination with key volunteer boards/committees; work towards exercising autonomy in these areas.
  • Assist in the development of a comprehensive campaign plan. Periodically update the plan and translate the plan into an actionable 90-day rolling implementation plan and ensure progress toward goals within the campaign team, across advancement, and with campaign volunteer groups.
  • Develop a master campaign calendar and timeline that encompasses the Campaign Planning Committee, Campaign Steering Committee, internal communications, external communications, pipeline development and report results, trainings, and campaign-related events – ensuring it is coordinated with existing program and development calendars.
  • Staff and provide strategic consultation to Advancement leadership team on all campaign-related activities.
  • Lead selected program-based special projects that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across Advancement and campus partners as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing short- and long-term project goals and objectives on high priority projects related to the campaign.
Other Engagement Duties as Assigned
  • Attend meetings with advancement staff across campus to share information, discuss standard methodologies and collaboration opportunities.
  • Work with CU system, CU Foundation and CU Boulder Advancement staff to assist with the effective completion of the campaign planning and preparation phase.
What You Should Know
  • This position may require local, regional, and out-of-state travel to engage with university constituents.
  • This position has the ability to work a hybrid schedule with some days on campus and some days remote.
  • This position will occasionally be required to work evenings/weekends.
What We Can Offer
  • The salary range is $75,000 - $85,000 annually.
  • Relocation assistance is available for eligible applicants.

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 Statements

Be effective. Be strategic. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis.
  • 3 years of professional, job-related experience.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to establish and enhance interpersonal relationships, including ability to coordinate and manage volunteers.
  • Solid knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and alumni relations standard processes.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to participate in public events and represent Advancement and the university in a professional manner.
  • Solid ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, discretion, and collaboration in working with a diverse range of constituents including employees, students, volunteers, alumni, donors, and campus colleagues.
  • Solid ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of assigned school, students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Strong attention to detail and to visual appeal of presentation materials.
  • Growth mindset, resilience and perseverance.
  • Ability to embrace the shared values of the Office of Advancement.

Software Used: Microsoft Office products, database management and data manipulation, Salesforce, Zoom, Teams, Trello, LinkedIn, Google docs/sheets.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience in higher education and/or in a comprehensive campaign.
  • Experience in development/fundraising environment.
  • Experience in constituent relations/relationship management.
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 December 18, 2023, 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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