Director of Development, 4D Experience & Scholarship

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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

Department Summary

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 DU’s 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

The Director of Development, 4D Experience and Scholarships reports directly to the Executive Director of Development, 4D Experience, Scholarships, and Parent Giving, and is part of the Development team in Advancement. This position is responsible for cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts from DU alumni, parents and friends in Colorado and select regions, with a focus on gifts supporting the 4D Experience, university-wide scholarships, and related institutional priorities.

The Director will manage a portfolio of prospects while also partnering with a network of institutional leaders, fundraising professionals, and other key partners to advance the University's top priorities, as expressed in DU IMPACT 2025. The Director of Development will develop and mature their assigned portfolio of donors. This will include managing top prospects in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Executive Director. The Director will serve as a close partner and key resource for other advancement professionals to solicit and close gifts for the 4D Experience, university-wide scholarships, and other priority initiatives. The campus-wide Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and the Director will be expected to build and foster extensive value-added relationships with their partners.

The successful incumbent will possess a strong capacity for developing relationships with prospects as well as conceive and implement customized strategic cultivation and solicitation plans for each prospect. They must possess excellent communication and relationship-building skills.

Essential Functions


  • Develop meaningful and productive relationships with a portfolio of major gift donors including alumni, parents, friends, and community members.
  • This position is responsible for engaging philanthropic support for DU's priorities and will work primarily with major, principal, and planned gift donors assigned to his/her portfolio.
  • The Director is responsible for achieving annual goals and metrics set in collaboration with University development leadership.


  • In partnership with the Executive Director for 4D Experience, Scholarships, and Parent Giving, establish fundraising priorities related to the 4D Experience, scholarships, and related priorities and help educate colleagues and peers across campus on those priorities.
  • Engage in the advancement goal‐setting process for fundraising and engagement metrics.
  • Effectively and responsibly steward budgetary and other resources to advance the mission of the University of Denver.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as liaison to select departments in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, or Financial Aid to advance their philanthropic vision.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all advancement colleagues, institutional colleagues and other partners across campus to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices. 
  • Model “One DU” leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to close major gifts ($50,000+) in a relationship-based culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross‐functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/University leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
  • Must have strong communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively; draft compelling proposals and letters.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Must be able to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities.
  • Ability to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively and responsibly.

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).
  • 5 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in raising major gifts of $50,000+ for an institution of higher education, large nonprofit, or similar complex setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Experience with Parent Giving.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 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 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $91,000 - $102,000.

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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