University of Colorado Associate Director of Development - Arts in Colorado Springs, Colorado

*Who We Are: *

University Advancement professionals build various levels of support and affinity for the institution through a coordinated effort as part of the university's primary outreach to the community and region. This includes building support through community engagement and alumni outreach efforts, attendance at key community events, representation on important community initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university's mission.

_Nature of Work:_

Coordinates, directs, and implements development activities for the broad campus with a focus towards raising support for UCCS Presents and arts units within. Strong collaborative skills and a team-focused approach is crucial in this role. Responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating fundraising activities for designated program. Plans and carries out the institution's program of soliciting major gifts. Usually minimum 4 years fundraising experience or similar experience and transferrable skills from private industry is required. (Major gifts typically between $15K-$25K) This position typically handles mid-level, moderately complex gift prospects, with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing donor relationship.

_Examples of Work Performed_

  1. Works to cultivate existing and new donor (individual, corporate, and foundation) relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.

  2. Portfolio Management: Manages portfolio consisting of a minimum of 70 prospects which will need to be identified/developed by the incumbent. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification to be set with and approved by management. Goals for number of planned giving donations will be established with management.

  3. Ability to identify funding opportunities through strong research skills with a focus on funders interested in the arts and community collaborations.

  4. Successfully solicits for and receives funding through personal donor solicitation, proposal creation and grant writing efforts.

  5. Develops and manages portfolios of individual, corporate and foundation prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (between $15,000 and $25,000). Plans and implements programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, solicitations).

  6. Partners with UCCSPresents staff to organize, plan and coordinate annual and seasonal appeals to support program dependent operations within UCCSPresents.

  7. Works closely with University of Colorado (CU) faculty, staff and volunteers daily to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives. Facilitates productive relationships daily between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.

  8. Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.

  9. Represents the University at events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.

  10. Other duties as assigned.

_Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities_

  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a donor/client portfolio, preferably in a university setting.

  • Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at major gift level.

  • Solid knowledge of fundraising techniques.

  • Solid ability to conduct cold-calls resulting in future support for the institution.

  • Solid ability to contribute to a team-focused development group.

  • Solid ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Solid ability to analyze information / situations and solve problems.

  • Solid ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.

  • Solid ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities.

  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities, arts organizations and interests of UCCSPresents, students, faculty, and alumni.

  • Solid ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff.

  • Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at leadership gift level.

For the purposes of FLSA this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary Range: $55,000.00 - $60,000.00

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

_Minimum Requirements_

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Graduate work in related field strongly preferred.

  • Experience: 4 years of successful fundraising experience or similar experience and transferrable skills from private industry is required.

  • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state.

  • Software Utilized: Microsoft Office Products; Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; and BSR-Advance.

Job: *Development

Organization: *C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus

Title: Associate Director of Development - Arts

Location: Colorado Springs

Requisition ID: 11399