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Director of Development, COM-PHX (UPDATED)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Director of Development, COM-PHX (UPDATED)
Department Development Office (9903)
Location UAHS - Phoenix
Position Summary

Please note: your application will require the submission of a ‘Writing Sample’. Please see the ‘Special Instructions to Applicant’ section for more information.

The Director of Development (Director) will supervise a team of fundraisers and manage the identification, education, cultivation, and solicitation of major and principal gift prospects, while personally managing a major and principal gift portfolio. The Director will be a member of the University Development Program (UDP) and will partner closely with College of Medicine-Phoenix leadership, the University of Arizona Foundation, and the UAHS Development Team to create and exceed fundraising goals and objectives for the College of Medicine-Phoenix and other units within UAHS. Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer for UAHS, the incumbent works closely with the Dean of COM-P and is jointly managed by UAHS and the UDP, which is managed under contract by the University of Arizona Foundation. The Director will devote approximately 70% of work time to major gift fundraising activities and 30% of work time to management and administrative responsibilities.

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

Essential Functions

  • Work with College Leadership and the UAHS Development team to develop and implement fund-raising priorities for the College of Medicine-Phoenix and other UAHS units.
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with College of Medicine-Phoenix leadership, faculty, board members, alumni, volunteers, patients, donors, and financial professionals.
  • Direct and manage the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major individual, corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Develop short- and long-term strategic plans and set goals and objectives.
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospects that support fundraising goals.
  • Utilize the University of Arizona and University of Arizona Foundation tools and systems for managing donor, alumni and prospect relationships as resources for planning and for managing and monitoring activities.
  • Utilize acknowledgment, gift receiving and relationship management systems.
  • Help to promote and maintain a culture of philanthropy across The College of Medicine-Phoenix, UAHS, and the University of Arizona.
  • 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.
  • Represent the College of Medicine-Phoenix, UAHS, UDP and the University of Arizona as needed.
  • Supervise a team of fundraisers and manage the identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of major and principal gifts.
  • Travel with overnight and/or weekend stays will be required as necessary to cultivate and solicit donor prospects
  • Regular travel to Tucson to attend meetings with donors, staff and leadership will also be required.
  • Perform other 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
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;
  • Five to seven (5-7) years of 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;
  • A valid driver’s license with the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 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 DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21980
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Laurie Carlin

Open Date 08/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 08/25/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Samantha Sowerby

Please provide a writing sample or donor proposal with your application. 

Applications must be submitted online. Click “Apply for this Job” to do so.
If you experience difficulties with the application system, please contact

Diversity Statement

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.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * 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
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least five to seven (5-7) years of 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
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents