The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that compliments the schools academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 33 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 17 Division 1 teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.
Position Summary The Associate Director of Athletics for Development & Strategy will serve as a key member of the Athletics and Recreation external team and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all aspects of the annual fund, donor events, and development marketing and communication strategies. The position will also manage a portfolio of prospective donors with a focus on raising gifts in the $1,000-$50,000 range. This position will be a secondary sport administrator for multiple sport programs and respective head coaches. Other responsibilities will include serving on campus committees, liaison to campus departments, relations with conference affiliations (Summit League, NCHC, Big East, Big 12) and community relations. The position reports to the Deputy AD/CRO.
Essential Functions Leadership, management, and oversight of the annual fund with an emphasis meeting/exceeding goals determined by the Vice Chancellor of Athletics Recreation, and Ritchie Center Operations. Lead and strategically plan all divisional development campaigns. Engage and maintain a portfolio of current and prospective donors. Lead efforts for specific fundraising initiatives (e.g., One Day for DU) or authorized sport specific ventures. Act as secondary sport administrator for multiple sport programs. Assist in specific activities to forward the department, including leading volunteer groups, and special events (e.g., Hall of Fame, Golf Tournaments). Attend Athletics events in support of advancing annual fund/cultivation/stewardship of donors. Serve on campus committees, liaison to campus departments, relations with conference affiliations community relations. Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Language Skills: Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate complex concepts in persuasive, understandable ways. Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems in situations where limited standardization exists. Good judgment, problem solving, and decision making skills required. Must be able to build strong relationships and serve as a liaison between multiple parties. Ability to find solutions for complex challenges. Other Skills and Abilities: Exceptional level of integrity and professionalism. Persuasive. Ability to work in accordance with self-imposed work standards and discipline, a self-starter; willing to devote extra effort to complete a task. Highly organized, goal oriented, and entrepreneurial. Ability to diffuse potentially volatile situations. Ability to lead and mentor student-athletes, coaches, and staff in a positive and caring manner. Physical Demands: Must be able to see, hear, and speak clearly. This position requires person to work for extended periods of time at the computer and on the telephone. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to operate office-related equipment. Work Environment: The employee works in a standard office environment but will frequently spend time outside the office meeting with various University staff, donors, alumni, and volunteers. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and the stress level is high. The noise level is usually quiet to moderate. Strong written and communication skills. Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments and division needs. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and university officials. Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests within the University and community.
Required Qualifications Bachelor's degree. 3-5 years of development experience with demonstrated success at closing gifts at the $1,000 - $50,000 level. Overall knowledge of the development field, with specific knowledge of fundraising methods which apply to intercollegiate athletics. Valid driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications Master's degree. High level Division I development experience. Specific experience managing a NCAA Division 1 annual fund. Highly organized, goal oriented, and entrepreneurial. Ability to diffuse potentially volatile situations. Ability to lead and mentor student-athletes, coaches, and staff in a positive and caring manner.
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Must be able to work weekends/evenings as required.
Application Deadline For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Special Instructions Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Range Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.
Please include the following documents with your application: 1. Resume 2. Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.
Internal Number: 492585
About University of Denver
The University of Denver has a proud athletic tradition that compliments the schools academic endeavors. In its history, DU has won 32 national championships and enables student-athletes to compete on 17 Division I teams. The Pioneers pursue championships, excel academically, and represent both the University and their respective conferences to the best of their abilities.