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Director of Development

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Director of Development
Department Senior VP Health Sciences (6801)
Location Arizona Health Sciences Center
Position Summary

The Development Officer will raise significant levels of philanthropic support for the University of Arizona Health Science. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with the University of Arizona (UA) Foundation and the UAHS Development Team to create and exceed fundraising goals and objectives.

University of Arizona Health Science (UAHS) at the University of Arizona in Tucson is a network of health-related organizations and activities unique in the state and region. It includes the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix campuses), Nursing and Pharmacy, the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and The University of Arizona Cancer Center. Arizona’s only academic health sciences network, UAHS is based on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson and maintains a growing presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these locations, UAHS reaches across the state of Arizona and extends outside its borders to provide health-care education, research, patient care and service for Arizonans and their neighbors in the Southwest and beyond.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Help to promote and maintain a culture of philanthropy across the UAHS and the UA.
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospects that support fundraising goals.
  • Secure major gift private support for the University of Arizona Health Sciences.
  • Oversee prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation programs.
  • Work with UAHS Development staff and leadership to develop and enforce fund-raising priorities.
  • Plan, implement and manage a comprehensive development program.
  • Design and implement specific plans of action for a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.
  • Participate in the strategic planning of program initiatives.
  • Work to maintain and cultivate relationships with donors and potential donors.
  • Coordinate activities with the central staff at the University of Arizona Foundation as well as development officers in other units.
  • Work within all established University of Arizona Foundation guidelines and the University of Arizona Gift policy to establish and maintain necessary internal processes and procedures.
  • Travel, with overnight and/or weekend stays, will be required as necessary to cultivate and solicit donor prospects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with donors, volunteers and faculty members.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and related office equipment.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems with minimal supervision.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Five (5) years’ experience managing and directing a comprehensive fund-raising program or equivalent in a higher education, non-profit or health sciences setting.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising capacity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fund raising principles and procedures
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated success in planning, organizing and managing fund-raising campaigns.
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge.
  • Knowledge of higher education, non-profit, or governmental policies and procedures.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $80,000 - $100,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21445
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Melissa McGee, 520-626-2827,

Open Date 02/02/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On 02/13/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
Quick Link for Internal Postings

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Can you demonstrate success in a fundraising capacity?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Can you demonstrate knowledge of fundraising principles and procedures?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Upon hire, will you have at least five (5) years’ experience managing and directing a comprehensive fund-raising program or equivalent in a higher education, non-profit, or health sciences setting?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents