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Director of Development, College of Engineering and Applied Science


University of Colorado Boulder Development Administration

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is inviting applications for a Director of Development. The Director coordinates, directs, and implements development activities within CEAS. This position manages a portfolio of prospects and carries out the institution’s program of soliciting major gifts. The Director may lead a particular fundraising activity or be responsible for a geographic region and work directly with the dean and greater Advancement team. Demonstrated success in raising gifts over $100,000 is desired.

Who We Are

Situated in the heart of America’s happiest (National Geographic) and healthiest (Gallup) city and founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. The college’s mission is to generate new knowledge in engineering and related fields, and to equip students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and citizens responsible for the betterment of individuals and society. Our vision is to be a recognized world leader for excellence and innovation in engineering research and education, with an emphasis on inclusive excellence, active learning and global society.

CEAS seeks an experienced professional to join our Advancement team. This position is part of a professional and high-performing advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the college. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the college is able to attract the brightest students, support and grow our talented faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, CU Boulder, and the state of Colorado.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work to cultivate existing and new donor (individual or foundation) relationships with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with the donor.
  • Portfolio Management: Manage portfolio consisting of a minimum of 100 prospects. 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.
  • Develop and manage portfolios of individual prospects capable of making significant gifts in order to secure major gift commitments (at least $25K). Plan and implement programs that include measurable targets for each fiscal year (e.g., personal visits, stewardship activities, solicitations).
  • Work closely with University of Colorado (CU) faculty (may work directly with dean of school or college); and work directly with volunteers daily to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives. Facilitate productive relationships daily between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Work daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Document prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluate new prospects and generate stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Represent the college at University events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.

What You Should Know

This position requires the ability to travel up to 50% of the time, domestically and within the state of Colorado.


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.
  • Minimum of 5 years of top level, successful fundraising experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; donor tracking software (BSR helpful).

What You Will Need

  • Expert knowledge of major gift fundraising techniques and a proven track record in a university or similar environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing, and ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of assigned school, students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Capacity to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff.
  • Ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at leadership gift level.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate degree in related field.
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software such as Advance, by BSR.
  • Demonstrated experience in raising gifts of $100,000 or more.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions

Please apply by September 26, 2018

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1.       A current resume. 

2.       A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer