Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Advancement, 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 Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical 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 Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical 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.The Associate Director of Development must be results-oriented with professional characteristics that include leadership, attention to detail, commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, team-orientation, and commitment to cultivating long-term relationships.
Major Gift Fundraising - 70%
• Responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 60-80 donors and prospective donors, and creating successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for them. • Execute 12-15 personal visits per month with prospective donors and determine if they have capacity and inclination to make a major gift. • Document all quality contacts and moves management strategies through the use of the prospect tracking system (Advance). • Present 2-3 major gift solicitations per month, after an initial period of building relationships with prospective donors. • Write, prepare, and present persuasive proposals that match the donor’s interests with the College’s fundraising priorities. Proposals should be comprehensive, and include a major outright gift ($25,000+) and planned gift (bequest) solicitations. • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts. • Must be able to travel 25% of the time, including overnight and occasional weekends.
Faculty Relations - 15%
• Increase the involvement of faculty (both current and retired) in the development process in order to expand the number of people making philanthropic efforts on CSU’s behalf. • Work with CVMBS development staff to develop strategies to engage emeritus faculty in a comprehensive and consistent manner related to fundraising and donor discovery, engagement, and stewardship.
Administrative - 15%
• Work with faculty, administrative leaders, and central development staff to ensure we maximize the philanthropic support of our donors, and work to build long-term pipeline of new major gift prospects. • Prepare annual fundraising goals in concert with the Executive Director of Advancement, and report progress towards the successful completion of these goals on a monthly basis. • Participate as a full member of the University Advancement division, attend development officer meetings, professional development activities, and other staff meetings as appropriate
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Required Job Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, etc. or related field OR a bachelor’s degree with 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. •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.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
•Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification or master’s degree •Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. •Demonstrated ability to cultivate, close, and steward major gifts. Understanding of proposal and development writing, fundraising principles and techniques. •Experience in Advance or other donor management systems. •Experience in engaging administrative and academic leaders, faculty, and volunteer partners in the process of building relationships with prospective donors. •Demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
Colorado State University (CSU) espouses an unwavering commitment to excellence, its land grant heritage, and its position as a Carnegie Research University. The University has risen in stature, particularly in the last twenty (20) years, and it is on a trajectory to achieve ever-increasing national prestige. CSU’s standing among universities is increasingly recognized in numerous national ranking...s and for many years CSU has been the school of choice for Colorado students. It has a long-standing legacy of attracting the best and brightest nationally and internationally.