Colorado State University (CSU) is a premier public research university with world-class programs in education, research, and outreach. CSU’s premier standing among universities is increasingly recognized in numerous national rankings and for many years. CSU has been the school of choice for Colorado, with long-standing legacy of attracting the best and brightest students nationally and internationally. As the premier land-grant University for the 21st century, CSU is addressing and solving the great global challenges of our time.

This is the best time to join Colorado State University. Over the past eight years, CSU has consistently surpassed fundraising records, doubled alumni participation in philanthropy, and closed two of the largest gifts in the university’s history. Soon after exceeding its first campaign goal of $500 million in 2012, CSU embarked on a much more ambitious path: The $1 billion “State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University.”

Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

The College of Natural Sciences encompasses eight departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics. Approximately 4,000 students pursue undergraduate degrees though twelve fields of study. An additional 700 students are obtaining M.S. – and Ph.D. – level education in each of our departments under the director of college faculty. The college is home to vie University Distinguished Professors and one University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate and Research Program, Center for Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Statistics, and High Energy Physics and Particles Astrophysics Group are designated as University Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence. The College has been successfully raising nearly $8M on an annual basis. True to the land-grant mission, the College of Natural Sciences balances strong research with excellence in undergraduate and Graduate Education and meaningful outreach to society. Read more at:

The mission of the College of Natural Sciences is to provide innovative programs of excellence in research, education, and public and professional service. We are guided by the principles of inclusiveness and integrity, and believe we are most productive and impactful when we operate with recognition, appreciation, and respect of our differences. The college is committed to providing a positive educational experience for each student, an environment of personal growth and achievement for each employee, significant new knowledge within the scientific community, and advancement of scientific and mathematical literacy among all citizens.

Discovery Begins Here. The College of Natural Sciences is a nationally recognized leader in scholarship, education, and discovery in the sciences. Through cutting-edge foundational and vital interdisciplinary research, the college educates and inspires the next generation of scholars, researchers, and professional leaders to thrive and contribute to an ever-changing global society.

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.

The Advancement office for the College of Natural Sciences provides direction and resources for development, fund raising, and alumni relations programs designed to support the CNS mission of providing innovative programs of excellence in research, education, and public and professional service.

The Director of Development position is responsible for providing the vision and direction for a comprehensive team-oriented, college development and alumni relations program designed to increase financial support from alumni, friends, foundations and corporations for CNS programs and services and involve appropriate college faculty in the process.

The Director is a senior level development position responsible for securing funding for college and university priorities. These priorities are often multi-million dollar projects and may be interdisciplinary in scope. This position will be responsible for carrying a prospect portfolio of 75-100 and for allocating, tracking, and managing a $300,000+ operating budget.

This position will train, direct and manage a dynamic CNS development team, including an Associate Director of Development, an Assistant Director for Foundation and Corporate Relations, an Assistant Director for Donor Relations and Stewardship, and a Donor Relations Coordinator.

The Director of Development reports to and is supervised by both the CNS Dean and the CSU Associate Vice President for Philanthropic Operations.

Required Job Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in science, liberal arts, business, communications, marketing or related field.
• Minimum 5 years of development leadership experience.
• Demonstrated experience and measurable success in conceptualizing, designing and implementing a dynamic fundraising program with emphasis on major gifts.
• Demonstrated success in fundraising at the $500,000 level or above.
• Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising a team.
• 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.
• Must be willing to travel and work non-standard hours as needed, including nights and weekends.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

• Advancement leadership experience and verifiable, demonstrated success in fundraising in an academic, health care, or scientific organization.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
CFRE certification.
• Encompass traits of good judgment, confidentiality and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents.
• Experience in higher education.
• Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal.
• A personal/professional style that is ethical, diplomatic, and of high integrity.
• Willingness to travel in/out of state as needed.
• Ability to set priorities, work independently, and build cross collaborative teams.
• Experience in managing complex, multi-disciplinary fundraising projects.
• Demonstrated ability to be donor centric, collegial, and effective in working with dynamic, diverse groups to include families, students, faculty, alumni, professionals, university leadership and others.
• Experience in Advance or other donor management systems.
• Demonstrated track record of building donor relationships, working collaboratively and strategically, possessing a strong knowledge of principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
• Campaign experience

Diversity Statement: 

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

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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