Job Summary/Basic Functions
The Director of Development identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gifts to the University of Northern Colorado from alumni, friends, and organizations. S/he carries out these responsibilities for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the Health Sciences within the College of Natural & Health Sciences, and for overall university priorities. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Development.
One of the most significant challenges development directors face is building a relationship with someone who has not been connected to his or her alma mater for years. They must be persuasive, poised, knowledgeable, articulate, mentally agile, creative, diplomatic, tenacious and respectful. They must be outstanding listeners with the ability to ask penetrating and strategic questions that allow them to determine an individual's wealth without giving offense. They must be mature with enough confidence to meet and converse intelligently with highly successful individuals.
The Director of Development must be able to think strategically and plan meaningful cultivation opportunities for donors. S/he must have attention to detail and value follow-up.
The DOD will work as part of a team of advancement professionals responsible for advancing a culture of philanthropy at UNC. We value and strive to cultivate a respectful and supportive professional environment and strongly encourage collaboration and hard work. This individual must work closely and collaboratively with all development staff members including directors of development, the director of annual giving, and the donor relations coordinator to ensure that philanthropic relationships are donor centric and maximize each individual's support of UNC. The incumbent also works closely and coordinates with academic leadership and faculty to ensure that they are appropriately informed and engaged in development activities and that there is a clear understanding of opportunities for donor support. This position requires frequent travel throughout Colorado and nationally.
Bachelor's degree from accredited institution
At least 3 years' experience in development or relationship building
At least 3 years' experience in development or relationship building, preferably in higher education
Search Committee Chair: Allie Steg Haskett
Search Committee Chair Phone: 970-351-3292
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Dependents and spouses of UNC employees who are employed as 0.50FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for dependent tuition grants. These tuition grants cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Attach resume and cover letter electronically at http://careers.unco.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51695 .
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within 1 month of hire.