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Program Manager, Donor Relations - Leeds School of Business

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business Advancement team encourages applications for a Program Manager for Donor Relations! As our Program Manager for Donor Relations, you will join a professional and hard-working advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the University and the Leeds School of Business.

Every day you will play a meaningful role in establishing a deep-rooted culture of philanthropy across the University and among the Leeds alumni and partner community, lead the planning and carrying out of personalized and broad stewardship efforts for donors, and tackle a broad array of critical projects and tasks.

Working under minimal direction, responsibilities include planning, logistics and coordination for one or more of the following: donor relations, stewardship strategies, events, marketing, annual giving. Position will assist with the development and management of program budgets. Depending on position focus, additional responsibilities may include the effective management of the college’s gift acknowledgment process, stewardship partnership programs, marketing/branding strategy, and coordination of communications efforts.

We encourage applicants who are not afraid to think about stewardship and fundraising in innovative and creative ways. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply regardless of your industry background. Successful team members share a passion for our work and the ability to communicate that passion in ways that inspire people to ask: “How can I help?”.

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

Our team thrives on the energy, passion and school pride that comes from daily interactions with students at Leeds and across campus. On a typical day, you can expect to participate in meetings with colleagues from a variety of teams – perhaps Undergraduate or Graduate Programs, the Office of Diversity Affairs, and members of the faculty. You’ll attend events ranging from board meetings to football pregame celebrations, representing Leeds and establishing relationships. In the office, you’ll find supportive partners for learning about student programs, building personalized stewardship, leading donor relations programming, and learning more about standard methodologies around advancement.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Donor Relations

  • Coordinate and develop donor relations programs, communications, projects and event planning.
  • Lead all aspects of stewardship efforts for the Leeds School's most generous donors and potential donors.
  • Organize meet-and-greets between scholarship recipients and scholarship donors.
  • Manage important projects such as generating stewardship reports communicating the impact of a faculty chair in partnership with the marketing team and managing a holiday mailing to more than 1,000 donors.


  • Collaborate with development officers to help plan and complete individualized stewardship plans for the top thirty donors to Leeds.
  • Lead the stewardship efforts for all donors to the Leeds School through tiered plans and detailed project management.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (remote and in-person work).

What We Can Offer

  • The salary range is $53,000- up to $60,000 annually.
  • Relocation assistance is available for eligible candidates.


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 in project management
  • At least 1 year of related experience in project management, sales, customer service, fundraising, donor relations and/or marketing.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to adopt the vision, mission, and values of CU Boulder, the Leeds School of Business and the Office of Advancement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have a team-oriented, collaborative approach to work.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, discretion and collaboration with all levels of customers.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.
  • A learning demeanor, seeking to learn and grow every day.
  • Comfort trying new things as an individual and as a team in pursuit of our team’s core values, which are: impact, community, integrity, ambition, innovation, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate an organization’s mission and vision for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of varying complexities and timelines simultaneously Software used: Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; donor database management software; ThankView.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 3+ years related experience in a higher education, project management, fundraising setting.

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 29, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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