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Assistant Director of Development

Company: University of Colorado
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Office of Advancement

Job Title: Assistant Director of Development

Position #725102 - Requisition #21132

  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The Office of Advancement has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Assistant Director of Development.

Department Summary:

The University of Colorado Office of Advancement at the Anschutz Medical Campus helps move CU forward by matching benefactor passions with university priorities and initiatives. Charged with raising millions of dollars each year to support education, research and clinical care, we forge relationships and foster connections among CU's faculty, staff, students and community to advance CU Anschutz's dual promise of delivering the best health care in the world today while reinventing the health care of tomorrow.

We are a hardworking and energetic team of 50 (and growing) fundraising, donor relations and administrative professionals, who are positive, collaborative and benefactor-focused. We welcome you to apply to become part of our team.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Development works to cultivate existing and new donor relationships (i.e.: through thank you calls, prospecting/cold calls, discovery visits, stewardship touches, etc.) with the intent of sustaining and increasing the relationship with donors and prospects on behalf of and in support of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The donor and prospect pool is comprised of CU Anschutz alumni, grateful patients and/or their loved ones/families, leadership volunteers, CU Anschutz faculty and community members.

This position develops and manages a portfolio of a minimum of 100 individual, corporate and foundation prospects capable of making significant gifts leadership annual gifts (i.e.: $1,000-$24,000).

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Plans and implements programs that include measurable targets for number of personal visits and high impact contacts, proposals, assists on others proposals and new prospects qualified/disqualified, all approved by management.
  • Works closely with CU Anschutz Medical Campus Major Gift Officers, Internal Directors of Development, the Lead Strategist for Philanthropic Growth, donor relations staff and appropriate Central Office staff (i.e.: Gifting Planning, Annual Giving, etc.) to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Develops and maintains a deep understanding of institutional priorities, academic programs, and centers of excellence in order to translate these assets into compelling funding opportunities and align them with funders' interests.
  • Facilitates productive relationships between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Works to ensure timely, accurate completion of discovery outreach, proposals, pledges and fund agreements.
  • Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, provides personal outreach to new prospects, implements general correspondence to solicit and steward leadership gift prospects and cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Represents the University at events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.
  • Other duties or tasks as assigned and/or needed.
  • Please note: up to approximately twenty percent (20%) travel required

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $54,098 - $68,812
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
  • Here is a link to an overview of the benefits package
  • Here is a link to a Total Compensation Calculator

Diversity and Equity:

  • The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in business, communications, public administration, nonprofit administration, or a related field from an accredited institution
  • At least one (1) year of professional experience in a fundraising or public relations position
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree as describe above and at least three (3) years of professional experience in a fundraising or public relations position
  • Experience working in a healthcare environment
  • Experience working in a higher education environment


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Conditions of employment

  • Works in a normal office environment requiring light physical effort by handling objects up to 20 pounds occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently.
  • Works with standard office equipment (desk, phone, fax, personal computer, etc)
  • Travel required; up to approximately twenty percent (20%).

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