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Colorado State University Executive Director of Development, University Initiatives and Campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Executive Director of Development, University Initiatives and Campaign

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202000815AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Management III

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $165,000-$180,000

Desired Start Date 01/04/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/01/2020

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University University Advancement Executive Director of Development, University Initiatives and Campaign

The Vice President for University Advancement at Colorado State University is seeking an Executive Director of Development, University Initiatives and Campaign. This position will be supporting university wide fundraising initiatives through Provost Programs and Research, as well as managing campaign strategy for the next capital campaign for CSU.

Who We Are

Located in the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado, CSU is a premier land-grant university with world-class programs in education, outreach, and research. CSU has a student body of over 34,000 students, 7,400 employees, 232,000 living alumni, and annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million. Guided by the five supporting Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice, the University constantly pursues its mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement.

Within CSU, the Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining the University’s institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. Our purpose is to connect our alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to raise the financial support necessary to advance the University’s mission and vision. With one of the leading development teams in the country, the Division most recently reached its $1 billion fundraising campaign goal 19 months ahead of schedule.

The Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President oversees the following areas: Enrollment and Access, the Libraries, IT, as well as Student, Faculty, International, Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs including the Institute for Learning and Teaching, ROTC programs, Collaborative for Student Achievement, Curriculum, and the Honors Program. In addition, the Provost office leads the Council of Deans and Faculty Council, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

The Office of the Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for facilitating the research enterprise on campus. The Vice President for Research Advancement unit (VPRA) fundraises for the world-class research enterprise and programs at Colorado State University.

Position Summary

The EDOD, UIC will be responsible for planning, coordinating and managing all campaign activities and creating a master campaign plan for CSU’s next comprehensive campaign. The EDOD will also have fundraising and Development leadership responsibilities for Provost programs and initiatives, as well as the Vice President for Research Office.

The EDOD, UIC will report directly to the Vice President for University Advancement and serve as a member of the VP’s Leadership Council.

Required Job Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by employment start date • Ten years of progressively responsible experience as a Development Officer in a University or other complex non-profit environment • Three years’ experience supervising full-time professional staff and leading a team in the development and execution of complex strategic goals, initiatives, and programs • Experience leading campaign strategy and initiatives for multi-million or billion dollar capital campaigns • A track record of measurable results in the solicitation and cultivation of high net worth donors, including asking and securing gifts of $500,000 or more • A demonstrated ability to engage and effectively communicate with diverse audiences • The ability to travel locally and out of state, and work non-standard hours including evening and weekends • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CRFE) certification and/or Master’s Degree in business, public administration, nonprofit studies, philanthropy and development or a related field • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience working in a CRM or other relational database such as Advance or Raiser’s Edge • Advanced written and verbal communication, must have excellent interpersonal skills • Demonstrated success in: personal solicitation of major and planned gifts, major gift stewardship, principal gift and prospect management, volunteer management, and event planning • Knowledge of higher education fundraising and contemporary issues/best practices in the field • Demonstrated ability to develop cross-functional partnerships, foster collaboration and gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including; College Deans, Directors of Development, faculty, active board members, high level administrators, and donors • Successful candidate must have the following attributes: initiative, attention to detail, timeliness, discretion, sound judgment, and an entrepreneurial spirit • Understands and is able to articulate a commitment to the mission of the University and University Advancement • Exceptional organizational and management skills to articulate and realize complex goals and objectives through strategic planning • Previous experience managing budgets and financial processes with a strong fiscal acumen

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Fundraising

Duty/Responsibility

• Develops and implements fundraising strategies for a personal prospect portfolio, by building relationships with donors, alumni and the campus community. • Develops and implements a comprehensive strategy for identifying major gift donors and populate donor interest(s) categories on donor database and collect donor feedback. • Supports CSU fundraising efforts by identifying, recruiting, cultivating, and soliciting individuals to provide financial support for this world class institution. • Responsible for managing a portfolio of donors and prospective donors, execute current or prospective donor visits, present proposal, as well as creating successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for them. • Responsible to fundraise and meet unit and division goals annually and to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, & steward prospects of $100,000 and above.

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Campaign Strategy

Duty/Responsibility

Campaign Strategy • Participates in campaign strategy development and serve as a campaign liaison between Advancement and designated areas of the University to support campaign priorities. • Chair the Campaign Planning Committee as well as manage the relationships with chairs of other strategic campaign committees • Provides leadership for the next comprehensive campaign including strategic planning, management, execution and coordination of other divisions in order to achieve goals. • Convenes work groups, facilitates difficult or complex discussions, manages progress and otherwise makes sure assigned initiatives are successful. Responsible for fundraising support of the comprehensive strategy. • Develop and clearly communicate efforts, benchmark peer institutions to identify best practices and innovative ideas in campaign strategy. • Design, plan, and accomplish strategically identified, cross functional projects and campaign process improvements to enhance individual, team, and organizational performance with other University divisions, colleges, and faculty across campus.

Percentage Of Time 40

Job Duty Category Supervision, Budget Management

Duty/Responsibility

• Supervises and implements all aspects for the Vice President for Research Advancement team. Mentor, lead and supervise a team of development professionals. • Serves as a senior-level manager, providing administrative oversight and inspirational leadership for reporting units. • Contributes to the overall direction of the Advancement Division in areas specific to his/her area of responsibility as well as division-wide areas, such as strategic planning, goal setting, reporting, messaging, budgeting, volunteer/board management, and community engagement. • Provides senior level budget planning and management for University Advancement Central Development Team, totaling more than $1 Million annually including operational budget and salaries, which includes sub-account for each team member. Ensures prudent management in alignment with State of Colorado procurement policies and guidelines. • Builds a culture of philanthropy and creates a work climate that embraces a strong work ethic, strategic and entrepreneurial thinking, creativity, diversity and best practices. Actively promotes professional development among all team members. • Provides leadership to reporting areas in the development of a strategic plan, annual budgets, metrics, and a business plan designed to achieve increasingly excellent results in support of division and University goals. Assures that goals are met within approved budget. • Administers regular performance evaluations, provides training, mentorship and coaching, and encourages team members in the achievement of individual, departmental and division goals. • Collaborate on an ongoing basis as a member of the VP’s Leadership Council to help create, implement, integrate, assess, and improve the strategies required to conduct successful overall advancement efforts.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on November 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed within 2 weeks of the full consideration date. Following this, all applicants will be notified of their status in the search.

A moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter that demonstrates any and all of the required and preferred qualifications that they meet 2) a resume, and 3) three professional references noting name, phone number, email address and professional relationship (one must be a current or former supervisor). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

For tips on how to craft a successful application, please review the FAQ document on our Careers site at: https://giving.colostate.edu/careers/current-opportunities/. You can also sign up for our Careers mailing list to receive updates about future job opportunities with CSU University Advancement.

Questions regarding the position or anything else related to careers with UA may be directed to Annika Yappert, Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Specialist, at Annika.Yappert@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact Annika Yappert, Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Specialist, Annika.Yappert@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you or will you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the employment start date?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have ten years of progressively responsible experience as a Development Officer in a University or other complex non-profit environment?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have three years’ experience supervising full-time professional staff and leading a team in the development and execution of complex strategic goals, initiatives, and programs?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have experience leading campaign strategy and initiatives for multi-million or billion dollar capital campaigns?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have a track record of measurable results in the solicitation and cultivation of high net worth donors, including asking and securing gifts of $500,000 or more?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have a demonstrated ability to engage and effectively communicate with diverse audience?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have the ability to travel locally and out of state, and work non-standard hours including evening and weekends?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have a valid driver’s license, the ability to obtain a driver’s license, or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents

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