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Assistant Director of Principal Gifts

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder's Office of Advancement seeks an Assistant Director of Principal Gifts! The Principal Gifts team works with members of the campus community to align institutional priorities and donor passions in ways that ignite transformational philanthropy. By doing so, we help donors achieve their philanthropic dreams through partnerships with the University, and we help CU Boulder accelerate its role in world-changing solutions that positively impact our state, the nation, and the world. 

The Assistant Director reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and plays an integral role in supporting the university-wide principal gifts program by providing key analytic insights, project management, and coordination of CU Boulder’s top prospects. This position works closely with key internal team members and occasionally with high-level external partners, and requires a high level of professional judgment, attention to detail, customer service, organization, and ability to multi-task and prioritize. The Assistant Director will work in close coordination with, and under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, and will be a key partner to the Senior Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives. 

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

The Office of Advancement is a professional and hard-working advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the University. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the University is able to attract the brightest students, support and grow our hardworking faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future of CU Boulder and the state of Colorado. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Maintain awareness of CU Boulder's initiatives and priorities, as well as national philanthropic trends. Perform targeted peer research in support of developing initiatives and priorities. 
  • Work in partnership with Prospect Development colleagues to actively maintain the principal gifts prospect pool. Create and manage tracking tools to organize prospect strategies and engagement tactics. Pull reports, provide analysis, and help develop presentations to show fundraising progress. 
  • Monitor and be knowledgeable about strategies, current engagements, and next steps for all prospects in the principal prospect pipeline – assist in prioritization and execution of donor strategies and serve as a strategic thought partner for frontline fundraisers and other collaborators. Use the donor database to track and advance cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. Help ensure accurate and up-to-date information on donors/relationships. 
  • Manage the principal prospect pipeline, including preparing for and organizing the Principal Gifts Pipeline Strategy Sessions led by the Assistant Vice Chancellor. Provides detailed follow up to, and tracks actions with, meeting participants. 
  • Support the team in the execution of initiatives for principal prospects in coordination with advancement leadership and the university's academic and administrative leadership. 
  • In coordination with Advancement Marketing and Communications and Donor Relations, assist in the creation of compelling content that supports the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of top donors, to include but not limited to, cases for support, proposals, impact reports, thank you notes, gift announcements, etc. 
  • Help plan and complete donor visits and advance donor engagement strategies. Support preparation and follow up for senior development staff, faculty and academic leaders involved. 

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

This position has the ability to work a hybrid schedule with some days remote and some days on campus. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $65,000- $70,000 annually.

Relocation assistance is available for eligible applicants.


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 combination of education and experience. 
  • 3+ years of professional experience working in project management, development, or related field.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and the ability to learn quickly and accurately. 
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competencies, including emotional intelligence, influencing skills, and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities. 
  • A keen ability to work horizontally across the organization to strategically connect people, systems, and structures to meet ambitious fundraising goals. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to think strategically and thoughtfully about donor engagement at the highest level. 
  • Superb writing skills, including the ability to make complex information clear and accessible for multiple audiences; logical and readable organization; proficiency with grammar, syntax, style and punctuation. 
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and follow-through, and the ability to keep others organized and on track. 
  • Knowledge of/experience with conducting research and analysis through databases/online information systems. 
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communications skills, including political competence and active listening, to build and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels across the university. 
  • Solid understanding of and/or interest in fundraising and donor relations concepts, principles, and practices. 
  • Ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals. 
  • Tact, discretion, and sound judgment in interacting with others and in handling sensitive or confidential information. 
  • Strong ability, flexibility, and inclination to act as a member of a hard-working, highly collaborative team of development professionals.
Software used: Microsoft Office Products; donor tracking software (BSR and Salesforce experience helpful).

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 December 4, 2022, for consideration.

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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