Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit
university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic
shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised
of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students
pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and
Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of
Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health
Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an
expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield
embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging
critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering
ethical and religious values.
Reporting to the Vice President for
University Advancement with a dotted line to the Director of
Athletics, the Director of Athletic Development/Senior Associate
Director of Athletics is responsible for developing and executing
fundraising and related strategies that promote awareness and
loyalty to Fairfield University Athletics. This position serves as
a member of both the Advancement Division Senior Staff and the
Athletics Department Senior Staff. Funds generated are
philanthropic and used for the purpose of ensuring that resources
are accessible for student-athletes to thrive in all facets of
their athletics and educational experience. Athletic development
helps to provide student-athletes and coaches with state-of-the-art
facilities, operational resources and equipment necessary to
compete for championships.
UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS:
Ability and willingness to travel
is required. Flexibility with weekend and evening hours for special
events, athletic events and dinners.
A Bachelors degree in a related field is
required; a Masters degree is preferred.
A minimum of 7-10 years of demonstrated success
in Major Gifts and/or Athletic fundraising or related experience,
with at least three years in a management capacity, is
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED:
The ability to think
strategically and lead effectively by modeling strong, successful
fundraising skills is required. Excellent verbal, listening and
written communication skills. Ability to exercise appropriate,
mature judgment, display good character and work independently and
responsibly. Effective time management skills are essential.
Position requires a team player willing to work and share donor
information with all members of the Advancement Division, Director
of Athletics and coaches to assist and enhance the Division’s
overall development objectives and goals of both areas. Commitment
to learning about Fairfield University and ability to effectively
integrate as a member of the University community and the Athletic
Department is important.
SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL:
Director/Associate Director of Athletic Development. Assistant
Director of Athletic Giving and Events.
Vice President for University Advancement. Works
closely with the Director of Athletics and Varsity Sports Coaching
1. The Director of Athletic Development/Senior Associate Director
of Athletics is responsible for identifying, cultivating and
soliciting donor prospects for athletic teams and associated
athletic programs. This position is responsible for developing
meaningful and productive relationships in creating and supporting
a portfolio of gift donors and prospects, while also partnering
with various departments and constituencies on campus.
2. The Director of Athletic Development/Senior Associate Director
of Athletics maintains and grows annual fund support as well as
capital improvement and endowment support for Athletics and the
development, implementation, management, and refinement of programs
that engage and encourage participation of alumni, students,
faculty, staff, parents, and friends in supporting Fairfield
3. Working with the Vice President of the Advancement Division and
with a heavily dotted line to the Director of Athletics, the
Director of Athletic Development will set annual goals, establish
priorities, determine and implement fundraising strategies for a
variety of teams and programs. This position has key
responsibilities for all athletic donor relations and stewardship
4. In conjunction with the Director of Athletics, the Director of
Athletic Development/Senior Associate Director of Athletics will
play a lead role in the management and continued stewardship of the
Athletics Advisory Board as well as other select/sport specific
5. The Director of Athletic Development/Senior Associate Director
of Athletics is responsible for supervising the Associate Athletics
Director/Associate Director of Athletic Development as well as the
Assistant Director of Athletic Giving and Events.
6. Comprehensively, the Director of Athletic Development/Senior
Associate Director of Athletics and corresponding direct reports
are responsible for athletics major gift cultivation, the Friends
of Athletics annual fund program and athletics alumni/friends
events to increase donor engagement.
7. The Director of Athletic Development will play a collaborative
role with the Athletic Director and Coaches to help determine the
departmental needs and with the Vice President of Advancement to
prepare strategy for effective solicitation.
8. The Director of Athletic Development will also:
- Act as a responsible and professional public representative of
the University at all times at both academic and non-academic
- Stay abreast of new programs or contemporary methods in the
field of athletic development through membership in professional
organizations and through building relationships with professionals
in a similar capacity at other institutions.
- Participate in the growth and development of the department,
promoting an image of efficiency and courtesy throughout the
university community and consistent with the department’s
- Promote safe and secure working conditions. Promoting the
proper utilization of equipment and materials, and notifying proper
individuals of any unsafe working conditions immediately.
This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT
campus and is not eligible for immigration assistance.
Advancement - Admin
Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as
required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs
The above information indicates the general nature and level of
work performed by employees within this classification. It is not
designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a
comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities,
activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees
assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may
change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without
All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory
Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this
spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of
color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented
groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to
all qualified individuals with a disability.
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