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Assistant Director of Development, School of Education

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Boulder, Colorado





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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Office of Advancement and the School of Education welcome applications for an Assistant Director of Development! The Assistant Director is a key individual contributor and partner for the School of Education (SOE) and is a crucial part of the Office of Advancement. Under the mentorship of the Assistant Dean of SOE Advancement and other senior members of the team, the Assistant Director uses knowledge of fundraising techniques to coordinate and implement development activities for the School of Education advancement team and has a strong desire to work towards becoming an expert level fundraiser. This is an entry- to mid- level role meant to provide a pathway for a successful career in fundraising and relationship management. 

This position demonstrates strong relationship-building skills and is responsible for cultivating new and existing donors and growing philanthropic support for the University through planning, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding leadership gifts of $5,000 and above. While the primary focus of the Assistant Director is to secure gifts in the $5K-$25K range, this position will also be tasked with securing gifts at $25K+ to $100K+ depending on their portfolio and tenure. This position will travel regularly to meet with current and prospective donors to establish relationships and conduct discovery meetings. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder Advancement is committed to a culture of joy, motivated by collaboration, passionate about excellence and driven by impact. These four values define our culture and drive our engagement and fundraising success. 

At CU Boulder Advancement, we allocate time and resources to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our efforts contribute directly to our division’s core values and to advancing CU Boulder’s mission through impactful fundraising and engagement results. As a team and as individuals, we commit to learning about and challenging systems, policies, and practices that enable oppressive ideologies to recur in our community. (Oppressive ideologies include racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and other “isms” that cause harm. This list is not exhaustive and may evolve in our pursuit of collective liberation.) Embracing our responsibility to lead and model helps promote the culture we desire while supporting our internal and external constituents. Accountability for our commitment to DEI is established through specific individual and team goals that evaluate our progress and growth.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Portfolio Management and Donor Engagement 
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 120-150 individual prospects capable of making gifts of $5,000+. 
  • In partnership with the Assistant Dean develop annual goals around development work (face to face meetings, proposals, dollars raised, and assists). 
  • Collaborate with Assistant Dean to develop strategic plan for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding each donor as appropriate, collaborating with the system’s gift planning team, colleagues and academic partners when appropriate. 
  • Conduct regular travel to visit with donors in pursuit of achieving established goals and metrics. 
  • Document prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluate new prospects and generate stewardship reports and general correspondence. 
Other Development Duties as Assigned
  • Grow philanthropic totals by deepening collaboration with advancement and other campus colleagues for enhanced donor engagement. This involves participating in regular internal meetings and engagement opportunities (task forces, frontline fundraiser meetings, etc.). 
  • Embrace a self-learner/self-starter mentality and continuously look for opportunities to match donor interests with leadership initiatives in pursuit of meeting established goals and objectives. 
  • Facilitate positive relationships daily between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure efficiency of programs. 
  • Represent the University at events to support CU and cultivate donors. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

  • This position will occasionally be required to work evenings/weekends.
  • This position has the ability to work a hybrid schedule with some days on campus and some days remote.
  • This position will require local, regional, and out-of-state travel to meet with donors.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $66,000 - $78,000 annually. Relocation assistance may be available within department guidelines. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience or combination of education and experience may substitute. 
  • 1+ years of professional, job-related experience. 

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques, especially in a higher education/nonprofit environment. 
  • Desire to learn about major gift solicitation techniques. 
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with new people on a regular basis. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and adapt to changing priorities; able to appropriately manage time and meet set timelines. 
  • Ability to take constructive feedback from leadership and campus partners. 
  • Ability to embrace the shared values of the Office of Advancement. 
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, discretion, and collaboration in working with a diverse range of constituents including employees, students, volunteers, alumni, donors, and campus colleagues. 
  • Phenomenal relationship building skills. 
  • Growth mindset, resilience and perseverance. 
  • Ability to travel regularly and practice fiscal management and responsibility. 
  • Active listening skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience working in a non-profit or higher education environment. 
  • Background in fundraising or business development. 
  • Experience engaging with donors over the phone, one on one meetings, and in larger group environments. 
  • Experience discussing and communicating about DEI. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by June 17, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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