Senior Director, Campaign Operations

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Alumni / Development / Fundraising, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Community Engagement, Advancement

In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in the University's history, the University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DUs remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising campaign with a bold and courageous goal.

The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Campaign & Global Networks, the Senior Director of Campaign Operations is responsible for providing strategic consultation and support to the SAVC and Advancements Senior Management Team on all relevant strategies and activities relating to the successful execution of the University's comprehensive campaign. This role also has supervisory responsibility for a Campaign Coordinator.

In consultation with the SAVC, Campaign & Global Networks, the Senior Director provides managerial oversight of all campaign operations including implementation of the strategic and operational plan for the campaign, and monitors progress vis--vis plan targets. The Senior Director is responsible for partnering with Advancement senior leadership, staff, and other University stakeholders to implement the campaign's strategic plan across DU. They should be a strategic thinker with strong planning, project management, and organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and move adeptly between big-picture thinking and on-the-ground implementation. The Senior Director irector will partner with colleagues in advancement operations, development, stewardship, engagement, and campaign communications, to implement the campaign plan across the University.

The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in project management and a solid understanding of fundraising, significant experience working with and managing volunteer committees or boards, and/or major and principal gift experience in large university campaigns (preferably of $1 billion or more). They will have significant experience working closely with senior leadership, fundraisers, and volunteers on campaign strategy, planning, and implementation, as well as a demonstrated ability to successfully establish integrated partnerships across the organization so that the resources and activities of all individuals and teams collectively achieve the highest levels of effectiveness.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the campaign, including strategic oversight of the Campaign project plan relative to the themes, goals, timeline, volunteer structure, budget and staffing, communications planning, campaign outreach, and events, naming and recognition strategies, and other work of the campaign.
  • Periodically update the campaign plan relative to themes, goals, timeline, volunteer structure, budget and staffing, naming and recognition strategies, communications planning, campaign outreach and events, and other work of the campaign.
  • Staff and provide strategic consultation to Advancements executive leadership team on all campaign-related activities.
  • Drive and move forward campaign planning and implementation activity with the Campaign team, including creating strategic agendas and operationalizing campaign-related goals and benchmarks.
  • Staff other campaign-related committees and teams, as required.
  • Prepare campaign-related materials and presentations for the Board of Trustees and its committees as requested by the SVC and/or SAVC Campaign and Global Networks.
  • Play a central role in designing and executing pre-launch, public and post-launch campaign events.
  • Track and support, when appropriate, other campaign events managed by gift officers and strategically supported by the events team.
  • Translate the campaign plan into an actionable 90-day rolling implementation plan and ensure progress toward goals within the campaign team, across advancement, and with campaign volunteer groups.
  • In partnership with the Business Intelligence and Analytics team, track progress towards identified campaign priorities and goals (both fundraising and non-monetary).
  • Evolve and operationalize the campaign volunteer structure in partnership with campaign team. This includes creating toolkits and job descriptions and developing strategies and tactics for successful and meaningful volunteer engagement.
  • Working in close collaboration with Advancement leadership and other stakeholders, assist in defining and implementing key campaign policies (gift acceptance, naming, etc.)
  • Manage the campaign budget.
  • Maintain a professional network across peer institutions. Gather and share best practices.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organizations agenda with respect to colleagues, volunteer leadership and other potential stakeholders.
  • Outstanding skills in building, cultivating and stewarding relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with outstanding social skills, instincts, judgment and integrity.
  • An ambitious and motivated professional, who values working with committed colleagues in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including travel for campaign events and/or major donor cultivation and some evening and weekend work.
  • A working understanding of a university environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to practice and adhere to organizational values.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a complex budget.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 7 years of related experience in campaign planning and implementation, working with and managing volunteer committees or boards, and/or major and principal gift experience in large university campaigns.
  • Experience managing complex multi-year projects.
  • 3 years of experience managing personnel, with a demonstrated commitment to coaching, mentoring, and developing team members.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education fundraising experience in large university campaigns of $1 billion or more.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends, as required. Ability to travel regularly. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, May 2, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $110,000-$120,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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