Colorado State University is waiting for YOU! CSU in Fort Collins, the CSU System’s flagship campus, is on trajectory of growth and momentum, with a student body exceeding 34,000 students, 7,000 employees, and, as a Carnegie 1 Research Institution, has annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million. Over the last decade, the physical infrastructure that makes up CSU has transformed into one of the most beautiful, state-of-the-art, campuses in the country. CSU has 76 undergraduate degree programs and 118 graduate degree programs, and thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of University Advancement, has made significant investments in student recruitment, financial aid, student services, and retention. The last five years has been the most successful fundraising era in the university’s history, just completing a $1B campaign, more than a year ahead of plan.
The Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional learning and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.
The College Agricultural Sciences (CAS) is one of eight academic colleges at CSU and has an aggressive fundraising stretch goal of $100M during the 8-year Campaign for Colorado State. The College offers nine undergraduate majors with 28 different concentration options as well as 39 graduate degree programs and houses the Agricultural Experiment Station with research centers around the state of Colorado. Graduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences are highly sought after by public and private industry leaders as well as governmental entities and agencies. Our students are mentored by world class faculty, participate in international and study abroad opportunities and learn the importance of service and outreach to our communities, state and nation. The College faculty members have their academic home in one of five departments: • Agricultural & Resource Economics • Animal Sciences • Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management • Horticulture & Landscape Architecture • Soil and Crop Sciences
The ideal candidate for this position will be a consummate professional and will thrive in a fast-paced campaign, metrics/results-driven fundraising environment. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with donors, prospective donors, alumni, colleagues, faculty, staff, and students. Eligible candidates will understand how they can make a difference in supporting the future direction of both CSU and the CAS, while also meeting targeted timelines.
Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development’s primary responsibility is to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors capable of making $25,000+ gifts in support of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, and present comprehensive proposals that match the fundraising priorities of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Examples include but are not limited to: soliciting gifts to establish endowed scholarships and professorships, as well as naming opportunities for related buildings and research centers.
The Associate Director of Development will work in a dynamic team environment, and work in collaboration with central development partners to ensure we maximize and celebrate the philanthropic support of our donors.
This position will report to the Executive Director of Development.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, etc. or related field • A minimum of four years of experience as a development officer, or major gifts officer, in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization • Demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of $25,000 or greater. • Demonstrated ability to engage and effectively communicate with diverse audiences • Ability to travel in and out of state and work non-standard hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends • Must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a driver’s license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification or master’s degree • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and events • Experience working with budgets and financial processes • Positive, congenial attitude and a proven ability to work successfully with multiple stakeholder groups.
Internal Number: 201900628AP
About Colorado State University
Colorado State University (CSU) is a premier public research University with world-class programs in education, research, and outreach. CSU’s premier standing among universities is increasingly recognized in numerous national rankings and for many years, CSU has been the school of choice for Colorado, with a long-standing legacy of attracting the best and brightest students nationally and internationally. As the premier land-grant University for the 21st century, CSU is addressing and solving the great global challenges of our time. Last year, CSU awarded degrees to over 6,000 graduates, garnered more than $375 million in research funding, and contributed to the prosperity of Colorado and the nation with new graduates; advances in science, technology and learning; and community enrichment via the arts, humanities and the intellectual richness of a great research university. Colorado State has more than 27,000 students and is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University Extensive institution. The university has approximately 1,500 faculty in eight colleges and boasts more than 186,000 living alumni. Included in this list are state governors, foreign heads of state, heads of corporations,... Olympic gold medalists, teachers, researchers, artists and many other leaders in society.CSU leads the world in such areas as infectious disease research, atmospheric science and environmental science. Colorado State University is the “University of Choice” for Colorado residents; approximately 30% of all of Colorado’s science, math, engineering and technology majors study at CSU. In addition to its excellent programs in those areas, CSU offers among the very best professional programs in the United States in areas like veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management. Programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences are also leaders in their field.Colorado State University’s commitment to the student’s learning experience is demonstrated by its faculty, who combine the environment of a major research university with laboratory and field experiences, making this an integral part of the educational experience. CSU continues the land-grant philosophy by coupling the intellectual experience of the classroom with the practical experience of the field and laboratory. Colorado State's Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs host some of the strongest community-service programs in the country, enabling more than 6,000 students to participate in the university's proud tradition of public outreach. CSU faculty played a significant role in the founding of the Peace Corps, and CSU remains one of the primary sources of Peace Corps volunteers today.Colorado State is consistently ranked among the best public universities in the nation by publications such as the U.S. News and World Report in their rankings of "America's Best Colleges and Universities," while Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine named CSU one of the top public universities in the United States in terms of educational quality and affordability. The Templeton Foundation named Colorado State among the nation's leading higher-education institutions that encourage student character development.