Job Description: 

The University of Colorado Boulder and the School of Education welcome applications for an Assistant Director or Development! As a member of the Boulder Advancement team, this position agrees to serve as a University of Colorado representative, advocate and liaison to the public at all times. Under supervision of management or senior staff, this position will design, direct, and implement development activities for assigned areas within Education and/or the School. The incumbent will focus on gifts between $25,000 and $100,000 in support of School needs and priorities with a goal of cultivating existing donors, acquiring new donors, and moving all donors to a higher level of support while strengthening their relationships with the School. 

Who We Are

The School of Education advancement team is part of a professional and high-performing advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the University. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the University is able to attract the brightest students, support and grow our talented faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future.

What You Should Know

This position requires significant travel both in-state and out of state.

Areas of Responsibility

Portfolio Management

Strategically manage a balanced portfolio of at least 50 prospects. Goals are established relating to the number of face-to-face visits, number of under-consideration proposals, proposal assists, and stage moves to be set with and approved by the supervisor.

Develop a portfolio of prospects capable of making significant gifts in er to write proposals for and secure gift commitments of at least $25,000. Position will work closely with the supervisor and Advancement team, communications team, School of Education dean, faculty, staff and volunteers, to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies. Specific portfolio management duties include the following:

  • Develop strategic plans for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding each donor as appropriate.
  • Meet or exceed established measurable targets for each fiscal year.
  • Regularly travels and works directly with volunteers and donors from a designated regions to develop and implement fundraising strategies in o meet established goals and objectives.
  • Document prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluate new prospects and generate stewardship reports and general correspondence to cultivate and steward major gift prospects.
  • Responsibilities will include raising funds for specific School of Education programs and centers.
  • Represent the University events in order to support the CU and cultivate donors.


Work with the Assistant Dean, Senior Director of Development, Development Assistant, and Executive Assistant to the Dean in planning and leading all aspects of stewardship activities. Stewardship tasks may include, developing a stewardship plan, stewarding scholarship donors, follow-up with event invitees, alumni relations, impact reports, and volunteer management. Perform other duties as assigned. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 1 year of fundraising/development experience.
  • Experience working as a development officer for a non-profit organization strongly preferred.
  • 2 years of experience as a major gift officer preferred.

What We Can Offer

Salary for this position is $60,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

How To Apply

To apply to this position, please visit our jobs website at:

You will be asked to submit the following materials:

1. A current resume. 

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by October 11, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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