Associate Director of Development

The Office of University Development is dedicated to cultivating a culture of philanthropy and fostering lasting relationships with donors, alumni, corporate partners, and friends of the University. Through innovative fundraising strategies, transparent stewardship, and heartfelt engagement, we aim to strengthen the University by building a strong, vibrant philanthropic community where donors, alumni, corporate partners and friends feel inspired to contribute financial support for the University’s strategic initiatives, scholarships, research endeavors, infrastructure and more to shape what’s next for our great University for generations to come.

Primary purpose of position:
Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development plays a vital role in the University’s fundraising efforts by supporting the overall development strategy and cultivating donor relationships. In conjunction with the Advancement team and the Senior Director of Development, the Associate Director will build a pipeline of prospective donors focused on the leadership and major gift level. The Associate Director of Development will collaborate closely with advancement staff, volunteers, and college/unit leadership in identifying, qualifying, and developing relationships with alumni, corporate partners, and friends to secure private philanthropic support.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Identify, qualify, cultivate and build a strategic pipeline/portfolio of prospects focused on leadership gift level (10,000+) and major gift level ($35,000+)
• Consistently meet individual metrics and fundraising goals
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in the advancement database, tracking donor interactions, gifts, and engagement activities
• Independently and in collaboration with the University Advancement Special Projects team, prepare and submit proposals to current and prospective donors
• Assist the Senior Director of Development in the support of college/unit leadership
• Collaborate with colleagues within the development team, academic departments, and other university units to coordinate fundraising efforts and ensure alignment with the overall institutional goals

Other responsibilities:
• Perform other duties as required or assigned
• Attend a variety of events throughout the year
• Regular local travel and some regional/out-of-state travel is required for this position

Minimum education and experience:
• Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years of professional experience related to fundraising, nonprofit management, higher education, sales, marketing, development, business administration, project management, or relationship management. Graduate-level degree may be substituted for experience
• Proven experience in fundraising, development, or similar role, with a demonstrated track record of successful donor cultivation and gift solicitation

Preferred education, knowledge, skills and experience:
• Team-oriented, self-starter who is able to proactively work and manage complex tasks
• Proficiency in using fundraising databases and software
• Commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Passion for the mission of the University and the ability to articulate its impact effectively

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