Job Description: 

About Us: Come and join an engaging and highly collaborative team at the Colorado School of Mines Foundation! We are looking for an organized and driven individual to use their skills to help us fulfill our mission of financially supporting the Colorado School of Mines and engaging Mines students and alumni.

Job Purpose:  The Assistant Director of Development is a front-line fundraiser responsible for working with donors and prospects to solicit basic, less complex gifts, with a high amount of potential for growth and career advancement. The position will manage 75 or more prospects; duties include identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors. Reports to the Senior Director, Major Gifts.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Build and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors with a capacity and affinity to give a major gift
  • In concert with development staff, key university advancement members and campus partners, initiate, develop, propose and implement strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including: prospect identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Achieve agreed upon annual goals for face-to-face visits, proposals, and gift revenue
  • Travel locally and nationally to visit prospective donors and give presentations regarding the benefits of supporting Colorado School of Mines through CSM Foundation
  • Prepare briefing notes for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings for Senior Director, Major Gifts and Associate Vice President, University Advancement as well as the President & COO of the Foundation and the school president and academic partners
  • Build relationships with necessary academic partners to achieve goals
  • Attend and participate in the development team and meetings, school and Alumni Association events and campaign meetings as well as other activities as assigned and appropriate
  • Update and maintain donor and prospect information in the Advance database system, and utilize system tools to strategically manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing related tasks and special projects as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategy and tactics gained through a minimum of three (3) to four (4) years direct experience
  • Experience in fundraising large value gifts and relationship building with individuals and organizations, preferably within a university setting. Prior experience in identifying and cultivating donors to create a prospect pipeline
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and ability to navigate through computer database systems and software
  • Experience in building relationships internally and externally with donors and strategic partners
  • Excellent customer service skills; sets high standards and seeks ways to improve service
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; communicates effectively and convincingly
  • High organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to analyze problems using logic and initiative to reach solutions and make sound decisions
  • Project management experience: Plans, designs, carries out projects/tasks meeting well-defined objectives and deadlines Proven experience in providing new ideas or approaches
  • Ability to travel and work outside normal business hours
  • Embody the values of CSMF: mutual support, integrity, respect, service
  • Colorado School of Mines Foundation, Inc. is committed to operating fair and unbiased recruitment procedures allowing all applicants an equal opportunity for employment, free from discrimination on the basis of religion, race, sex, age, sexual orientation



The base compensation target for this position is $68,000/yr. This target is based on available budget and the level and scope of the role. The full compensation range for the position is $55,800/yr – $80,300/yr. An offer will be made commensurate to the candidate’s experience, education, and qualifications as they pertain to the duties of this position.


This role qualifies for participation in the Foundation’s benefits plans. Medical, Dental, and Vision plans are offered and covered 70% by the Foundation. These plans may also cover dependents. Also partially covered by the Foundation are Short Term Disability (STD), Long Term Disability (LTD), Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and supplemental Life Insurance. Additionally available are a 403(b) with contribution from the employer and the ability to participate in a flexible spending account (FSA). Employees may participate in any number of these plans not being required to participate in all of them to participate in any of them.

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