Director of Development, College of Science (UPDATED)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Director of Development, College of Science (UPDATED)
Department Science Administration (0442)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: the ‘Position Summary’ has been updated to provide further information on the role of the Development Office and the College. Also, the Review Date has been extended to 1/11/2018

General Position Summary:

The University of Arizona College of Science is seeking a motivated and goal-oriented professional to join the Dean and Senior Director of Development for the College of Science and representatives of the University Development Program (UDP) in supporting our efforts to significantly increase philanthropic support and have a positive impact on achieving strategic growth for the college. The Director of Development will lead, direct and manage development activities of the College of Science as part of the college’s development team. The Director of Development works directly with major gift prospects of the College of Science to secure gifts of $25,000 or more to further the goals and objectives of the College of Science.

The Director of Development will gain an in-depth understanding of the College’s donors and prospective donor pools, as well as the school’s overall fundraising processes, strategies and goals. The person in this role is expected to work collaboratively with all members of the College of Science Development and Administrative team, Department Heads and Directors, and other University of Arizona Foundation (UAF) and University of Arizona personnel as appropriate. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to create and sustain personal relationships. The position requires travel on a regular basis throughout Arizona and other regions including overnight stays, in addition to work on evenings and/or weekends as necessary to cultivate and solicit donor prospects.

The College of Science brings together globally prominent faculty in disciplines at the core of scientific inquiry and education. One of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona, the College of Science is a nexus of award-winning programs and centers that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research. The College’s 15 academic departments and research units encompass the range of physical, mathematical, environmental, cognitive and life sciences.

This position is jointly managed by the College of Science and the University Development Program (UDP), which is managed under contract by The University of Arizona Foundation (UAF.)

Supervisory Responsibility:
May supervise an Associate Director of Development.

Work Environment:
Position requires travel on a regular basis throughout Arizona and other regions including overnight stays.
Director of Development will be required to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary to cultivate and solicit donor prospects.

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/Major Responsibilities:

• Actively works with the Dean and Sr. Director of Development for the College of Science and President of the University of Arizona Foundation or designee on all matters related to development activities within the College.
• Develop and manage a portfolio of 80-120 donors/prospects.
• After an initial 3- to 6-month on-boarding period, execute an agreed upon metric of 100+ current or prospect donor visits and presentation of 20+ proposals per year, with an expectation of $1M+ raised after the initial on-boarding period (with incremental increases after the first year).
• Maintain up-to-date donor/prospect portfolio, including contact reports and proposals.
• Develop and execute strategic, personalized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for assigned major donors and prospects (individual, corporate, and foundation) through personal visits, letters, phone calls, email and other methods.
• Actively work with the Dean and Department Heads in the College of Science in expanding, cultivating and growing philanthropic support through their advisory boards and alumni.
• Participate with the Dean and Department Heads in the College of Science in the strategic planning of new projects and initiatives.
• Is expected to devote 80 percent effort to major gift fundraising and 20 percent to management and administrative tasks.
• Develop an annual report and fund-raising plans with specific goals.
• Develop and oversee the creation of materials in support of fundraising efforts in support of College initiatives.
• Partner with and effectively utilize the development professionals and resources of the UA Foundation.
• Work effectively as part of the greater University Development Program (UDP) as defined in the Development Services and Asset Management Agreement between the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Foundation.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Ability to create and lead comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
• Ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors.
• Ability to build boards and committee structures.
• Ability to write successful proposals, grants, and reports.
• Excellent writing and communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain powerful relationships.
• Ability to translate technical scientific information into lay language for potential donors.
• Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures and policies.
• Ability to motivate and manage individuals for maximum performance.
• Ability to work with academic and administration staff members.
• Knowledge of planned giving techniques and the programs available to implement such gifts.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university program.
• Three to five (3-5) years of development experience or appropriate transferable skills..
• Demonstrated knowledge of development and fundraising principles and procedures, with emphasis on cultivating and closing major gifts.
• Experience working with volunteers, faculty, staff and students.
• A valid driver’s license is required upon employment and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of the sciences.
• Demonstrated success in planning, organizing, and managing fundraising campaigns.
• Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or equivalent fundraising database.
• Demonstrated event planning experience.
• Higher education experience is highly preferred.

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 A21715
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Cheryl Tomoeda

Open Date 05/12/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/11/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Your writing sample should include a donor proposal or letter.

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

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  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)
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    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
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    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university program?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents