Colorado State University Assistant Director for Membership & Giving in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant Director for Membership & Giving

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 201800946AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $63,000

Desired Start Date 02/01/2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date 10/16/2018

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/04/2018

Description of Work Unit

This is the best time to join Colorado State University. Over the past eight years, CSU has consistently surpassed fundraising records, doubled alumni participation in philanthropy, and closed two of the largest gifts in the university’s history. Soon after exceeding its first campaign goal of $500 million in 2012, CSU embarked on a much more ambitious path: The $1 billion “State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University.” To date, CSU has already raised more than $1 billion, and with two years remaining in the campaign, yet another fundraising record will be set.

The Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.

Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

The CSU Alumni Association facilitates meaningful relationships between its 227,000+ alumni and the University. Using a combination of proven alumni engagement strategies and new, innovative approaches, the Alumni Association strives to celebrate the success of our alumni, build an emotional connection back to the institution, and help alumni to identify meaningful connections. In addition, the Association recently opened the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center to serve as a place of pride and home to alumni when they return to campus.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a consummate professional and will thrive in a fast-paced, metrics and results-driven environment. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with members, donors, prospects, alumni, colleagues, staff, and students. Eligible candidates will understand how they can make a difference in supporting the future direction of CSU, its alumni, and students. This position reports to the Associate Director of Membership & Giving.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Membership & Giving will establish a strategy specific to the seven county metro Denver area aimed at increasing Alumni Association annual, life, and Stalwart life membership gifts. Also responsible for increasing scholarship giving through targeted solicitations and identifying, cultivating, and soliciting potential and existing donors for annual gifts. Oversee the Alumni Association scholarship program. Collaborate effectively with the Alumni Association staff and other key stakeholders to accomplish unit goals.

Required Job Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, business, marketing, communications, sciences, public administration or related field • Minimum of 3 years full-time professional experience with demonstrated success in membership, annual giving, and/or leadership giving. • Willingness to travel and work non-standard hours. • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing a dynamic membership and annual giving solicitation and stewardship program. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. • Ability to work effectively with leadership, volunteers, and alumni to achieve advancement goals. • Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to anticipate and address upcoming assignments and challenges, and an ability to manage demanding work situations. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Positive, congenial attitude and a proven ability to work successfully with multiple stakeholder groups and diverse populations. • Success integrating diversity in the major duties outlined in the job description or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Membership/Fundraising/Stewardship

Duty/Responsibility

• Create and execute a successful strategy to increase Alumni Association membership gifts in the metro Denver area as part of the Association’s comprehensive alumni engagement and advancement efforts. Identifies tactics for membership cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship based on said strategies. Advises on best practices related to alumni/member/donor engagement and annual giving solicitation.

• Develop and execute a fundraising and stewardship strategy to grow the Alumni Association’s scholarship endowments. This should include an annual giving strategy to engage all gift levels with added emphasis on annual gifts of $1,000 and above. Includes a strategy for event-related fundraising. Minimum annual scholarship fundraising goal of $100,000.

• Responsible for executing a minimum of 150 personal visits to move member/donor involvement with the Alumni Association membership program and/or scholarship giving. Includes the design of a screening process to identify new prospects.

• Independently responsible for using fundraising principles to ascertain the best course of action to build relationships between a member/donor and the university.

• Analyze programs for effectiveness and prepare reports on productivity, progress, and program evaluation.

• Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.

Percentage Of Time 85

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Scholarship and Operations

Duty/Responsibility

• Manage the Association’s scholarship program, and oversee the distribution and allocation of Alumni Association scholarship awards.

• Makes recommendations to Alumni Association team on scholarship solicitation strategies for annual and donor directed scholarship funds. Ensures these solicitations complement and support the overarching scholarship solicitation plan.

• Research, analyze, and compile data into relevant reports and summaries and make recommendations to supervisor and Association leadership.

• Prepare annual goals in concert with supervisor and Association leadership and report progress towards the successful completion of these goals on a monthly basis.

• Manage a budget for travel, events, and member/donor engagement activities and make recommendation for additional resource needs.

• Actively participate as a staff member in the Division of University Advancement, attend division-wide meetings and trainings, support Division-wide priorities and initiatives, and serve on University committees and one-time projects as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.

A $3,000 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact kevin.wixson@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  • Do you have a Bachelor's degree in liberal arts, business, marketing, communications, sciences, public administration or related field?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have a minimum of 3 years full-time professional experience with demonstrated success in membership, annual giving, and/or leadership giving?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Are you willing to travel and work non-standard hours?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents