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Senior Associate Athletic Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Reporting to the CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the Athletic Director, this position participates in creating and deploying the strategic fundraising and constituent engagement direction in support of the university mission and Athletic Department priorities. Key focus areas include campaign management, fundraising strategy and operations, alumni and constituent engagement, and community building. This is accomplished through setting the vision and priorities, as well as leading, all aspects of the Buff Club Advancement team.

The position works collaboratively with the Athletic Department and Advancement to support the respective goals for all partners and advancement/athletic enterprises and may serve on leadership teams in Athletics and Advancement. Additional expectations include close collaboration with campus- and system-wide partners in achieving CU fundraising, engagement, and reputation goals. The successful hire will need to be an organized, cohesion-based team builder who displays strong leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This individual will need a proven track record of success in developing, creating and leading a highly-motivated staff of fundraising professionals.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Provides executive leadership and management of Buff Club staff, working in collaboration with leaders and partners across the CU system and CU Boulder campus, including within Athletics and Advancement.
  • Establishes the strategic direction, goals, and objectives for Athletics advancement efforts in key goal areas, including fundraising, engagement, and reputation. 
  • Collaborates with campus and system Advancement partners to sustain and increase relationships with current and prospective donors to achieve department goals, including managing a small portfolio of prospective and current supporters ($1M+). 
  • Facilitates productive relationships daily between prospective and current supporters, CU leaders, athletics personnel, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs and progress toward goals.
  • Builds, maintains and nurtures a high-functioning team ensuring Buff Club efforts are consistent, coordinated, effective, and in compliance with all guidelines, policies, laws, and standard methodologies. 
  • Plans, hosts, and/or attends events on campus and throughout the country, including select athletics and advancement receptions, ceremonies, and games. Significant evening and weekend activities that can be balanced with compensated time-off during traditional work hours.
  • Represents Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Athletic Director, as appropriate.

What You Should Know

  • This position is not eligible for fully-remote work.
  • Travel is required for this position.
  • 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.
  • Any interested candidates should contact TurnkeyZRG directly. Contacting the University of Colorado Boulder will only delay consideration of your qualifications.

What We Can Offer

  • The salary range is $163,000 - $246,000 annually 
  • Relocation assistance is available for qualified applicants
Our competitive benefits package including: 
  • EcoPass for free RTD rides.
  • Paid days off: 22 vacation days, 15 sick leave days, and 10 holidays
  • Access to medical, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • A 10% employer contribution retirement plan 
  • Opportunity for career growth! 


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 from an accredited college or university
  • 7 years’ experience in athletic program development and management, or equivalent experience
  • 7 years’ experience in major or principal gift efforts, or equivalent experience
  • 7 years’ supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience building a diverse team and sustaining an inclusive and equitable work environment

What You Will Need

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Skilled in navigating donor tracking software (Advance, Salesforce, Paciolan, BSR, etc).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accomplish business objectives
  • Ability to travel throughout Colorado, the U.S., and possibly internationally
  • Ability to develop budgets and manage complex fiscal operations
  • Expert knowledge of Advancement strategies and operations 
  • Expert knowledge of strategic planning and goal-setting
  • Ability to learn and follow fundraising and engagement policies and procedures, including direct mail, crowdfunding, event management, and portfolio management strategies and techniques
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn nonprofit accounting and Internal Revenue Service rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn NCAA rules and regulations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer and smartphone skills

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • 10+ years working in major or principal gift fundraising
  • 10+ years working in a tier-one research university that pursues athletics and academic excellence
  • Experience working in fundraising, engagement, or communication efforts at a Division I university
  • Former student-athlete and/or passionate about the value of athletics in the college experience

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 10, 2021 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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