The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.
The Executive Director of Development reports directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development within DU Advancement. This position plays a key role in developing and enhancing relationships with parents of current and former students who are considered major and principal gift prospects for the University of Denver. The Executive Director is committed to discovering their philanthropic passions, and aligning those with the funding priorities emerging from our remarkable academic centers and the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan. The Executive Director will develop and mature his/her portfolio of major gift donors in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor. The Executive Director will also collaborate with Advancement leadership, colleagues in Student Life and across campus, and university administrators to establish short- and long-term strategies and monitor progress toward goals. The Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and builds extensive value-added relationships with its campus partners. The successful candidate for this position will possess a strong understanding of the specific nature of parent and family fundraising and will have the ability to effectively identify, cultivate, solicit and steward this unique audience.