Description of Work Unit
Colorado State University is waiting for YOU! CSU in Fort Collins, the CSU System’s flagship campus, is on trajectory of growth and momentum, with a student body exceeding 34,000 students, 7,000 employees, and, as a Carnegie 1 Research Institution, has annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million. Over the last decade, the physical infrastructure that makes up CSU has transformed into one of the most beautiful, state-of-the-art, campuses in the country. CSU has 76 undergraduate degree programs and 118 graduate degree programs, and thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of University Advancement, has made significant investments in student recruitment, financial aid, student services, and retention. In addition, CSU is a Land-Grant Institution, an institution that occupies a special position in this country’s system of higher education.
The Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.
University Advancement Engagement is fundamental to the success of CSU’s fundraising and engagement efforts, providing overall strategy and tactical execution in the areas of constituent experience, donor recognition, gift stewardship, philanthropic communications and University-wide, advancement and presidential events. Through collaboration that transcends organizational lines, UA Engagement’s four distinct and mutually supporting units – CSU Events, Donor Relations & Stewardship, Presidential Engagement and Advancement Communications – establish CSU as a destination for philanthropy through exceptional engagement, experiences and communications.
The Assistant Director of Presidential Engagement manages events and top donor engagement opportunities from conception through completion on behalf of CSU’s Office of the President. Reporting to the Director of Presidential Engagement, the Assistant Director’s ultimate responsibility is to ensure excellence in the production of events and the associated constituent experience in support of CSU’s overall engagement strategy. This includes establishing a meaningful purpose and measurable outcomes for each event, developing a strategic communication plan in alignment with those goals, and conducting post-event analysis to evaluate success. The Assistant Director helps lead the development and execution of top donor engagement strategy and works collaboratively across the University to accomplish goals.