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University of Colorado Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Denver, Colorado

*University of Colorado | CU Denver *

Office of Advancement

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Position #3082 – Requisition 16550

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Office of Advancement has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Assistant Director of Annual Giving position.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown. Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Position Emphasis:

This role is crucial to building a campus culture of philanthropy at CU Denver and to expanding the pipeline of major gift donors and prospects. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving builds a pipeline of gifts between $1-24,999 while serving as a point of entry for schools, colleges, and units to the resources available in the Office of Advancement. This role will coordinate and help shape the strategies around annual giving solicitations, including the selection of appropriate channels, target populations and messaging.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages a portfolio of donors and prospects giving between $1,000 and $24,999 with a focus on renewing and upgrading annual gifts and identifying major gift prospects

  • Serves as an Office of Advancement consultant and partner for CU Denver Schools, Colleges, and other units for annual giving activity, serving as a project manager to shepherd appeals from conception to completion and offering resources, toolkits, and referrals as needed

  • Refers potential major gift prospects to Directors of Development, collaborating on strategies to successfully cultivate relationships toward gifts of $25,000

  • Exercises expertise and collaboration with units to determine best channel(s) to meet philanthropic revenue goals for appeals, including crowdfunding, email, direct mail, telephone, and combination channels

  • Partners with donor relations and advancement communications to create and implement stewardship and engagement plans for annual giving donors, including events, written communications, and other recognition

  • Co-manages annual giving budget with the Senior Director for Philanthropic and Partner Relations

  • Creates CU Denver annual giving appeal calendar in conjunction with CU’s central annual giving team

  • Collaborates with major gift officers, alumni and donor relations, and advancement communications to provide strategic direction to Schools, Colleges, Departments, and other units around annual giving

  • Manages annual faculty and staff giving initiatives, including working closely with the faculty and staff campaign steering committee

  • Retrieves, analyzes, and tracks appeal data to determine best channel(s) for meeting philanthropic goals and managing costs

  • Assembles content and copy for annual giving appeals and works with advancement communications for review, approval, and calendar coordination

  • Regularly reports on appeal performance

  • Other duties as assigned

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • 1-3 years of professional experience in fundraising, sales, communications, or a related field.

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Position is highly visible and applicants must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings for attendance at special events, travel, dinners, athletic events, and entertainment as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years of professional experience in fundraising, sales, communications, or a related field.

  • 2-3 years of experience in leadership annual giving, alumni, community, or external relations.

  • Experience with copywriting and editing.

  • Project management experience.

  • Experience with face-to-face visits and personal solicitations.

  • Experience with stewardship and/or cultivation.

  • Experience with engagement metrics, including analysis.

  • Experience working in higher education environment.


  • Strong fundraising skills, particularly related to cold calling, leading effective one-on-one visits, and utilizing multiple modes of communication to achieve results.

  • Strong ability to think critically and take initiative.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Outstanding customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated ability to make thoughtful decisions while identifying needs of donors.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to be both proactive and responsive in a metrics driven environment.

  • Ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.

  • Appreciation for the adoption of new technology to enhance workflow and ability to learn new platforms quickly.

  • Flexibility and adaptability to evolve programming in an emerging and changing environment.

  • Personal computer proficiency, especially Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

Job: *Development

Organization: *U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration

Title: Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 16550