The University of Colorado and The CU Athletics Department encourages applications for a Discover Officer! We are looking for an entry-level development professional, with some prior fundraising experience. This position will have a dual-focus with equal responsibilities focused on growing memberships through strategic targeting of gifts in the $100 to $5k range throughout Boulder and surrounding areas, as well as provide internal support of annual fund programming, strategic engagement, donor relations, and stewardship. This position balances smaller, less complex gift prospects with the intent of identifying, cultivating, sustaining and growing donor base.
Who We Are
As the fundraising arm of CU Athletics, the purpose of the Buff Club is to raise funds in support of the nearly 350 student-athletes at the University of Colorado. By securing philanthropic funding for our state-of-the-art facilities, providing scholarships, or safeguarding the mental and physical wellness of our student-athletes, the Buff Club ensures that CU Athletics and our student-athletes have the necessary resources for success in the classroom, in competition, and beyond.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Work aggressively to identify new prospects and cultivate existing annual fund donor relationships with the intent of sustaining and growing relationships and donor base over time.
Focus on outbound telephone calls, written correspondence, and personal visits as primary methods of donor engagement.
Plans, prioritizes, coordinates and manages daily activities to support gift solicitation efforts and events.
Uses all available University and Athletic Department resources and assets (i.e. tickets, premium seating, parking, event attendance, etc.) to identify, cultivate, and solicit fundraising support.
Portfolio Management: responsible for meeting specific goals relating to personal contacts, new members, dollars raised, and other traditional development metrics to be set with and approved by management as part of the University’s annual performance plan cycle.
Collaborates with University partners to coordinate fundraising strategies for donors with multiple interests.
Works to design donor cultivation and stewardship events with the goal of attracting and retaining interest in University activities and programs.
Works daily to maintain accurate and timely documentation of prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects, and generates reports and other correspondence as necessary to cultivate prospects.
Aggressively represents CU Athletics at external events in order to identify prospects and grow a network of support.
Serves as an active, engaged member of the Buff Club Annual Fund (BCAF) team and supports all efforts of the BCAF team as under the direction of the Senior Director of Development for the Buff Club Annual Fund as well as other duties as assigned.
What You Should Know
This position requires some night and weekend work related to Athletics commitments both on and off-campus.
What We Can Offer
The salary range starts at $42,000 and is commensurate with experience.
Be Dynamic. Be Impactful. Be Boulder.
To view this job ad in its entirety and to apply to this position, please visit our jobs website at: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Athletics-Discovery-Officer/22008
You will be asked to submit the following materials online:
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.
Please apply by November 11, 2019.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
What We Require
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience and/or education related to the position required.
Experience in collegiate athletics fundraising or general advancement/sales experience: fundraising, donor relations, marketing, sponsorships, stewardship, or public relations experience preferred.
Experience using Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
What You Will Need
Ability to balance sensitive information discreetly and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work independently and as a team while adapting to changing priorities.
Entry-level knowledge of fundraising techniques, public relations, marketing or sales.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and develop and maintains strong interpersonal relationships.
Analyzes information/situations and work actively to problem solve.
Coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously while adapting to changing priorities.
Knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of assigned schools, students, faculty, and alumni.
Personal computer proficiency required and computer skills may be subject to testing/verification.
What We Would Like You To Have
Previous experience working in an intercollegiate athletics department.
Familiarity with donor tracking software.
Experience using Paciolan/Spectra ticketing software.
Internal Number: 22008
About University of Colorado Boulder
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