We are looking for an experienced Associate Director of Development – Athletics and Recreation to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of leadership, mid-level giving and sponsorship prospects along with varsity and recreation alumni. The ADOA will develop new and existing relationships with alumni, donors and external constituents to generate support for Athletics’ strategic priorities and projects, including student financial support.
The Associate Director will be responsible for implementing newly developed fundraising programs, and managing and growing the prospect and donor portfolio, along with engaging varsity and recreation alumni. They will implement plans for the cultivation and solicitation of gifts and sponsorships as well as ensure proper stewardship takes place to maintain the partner’s involvement, interest and support. They will assist in the writing of proposals, grant applications and other fundraising materials related to individual, foundation and corporate prospects and sponsors in support of Athletics and Recreation fundraising and engagement goals.
A focus on relationship and pipeline development to advance solicitation to mid-level gifts is a key priority. The Associate Director of Advancement will also support the cultivation and solicitation activities of the Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation and coaches.
To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:
- Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline;
- Minimum of 4-5 years of experience of progressively responsible fundraising and development management experience preferably in an educational or sports environment.
- Proficiency using: Google Workspace and applications (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides) and a Windows based database, CRM and Zoom;
- Working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs.
- Must have a demonstrated ability to implement newly developed newly developed fundraising programs and tactics for mid-level donors in a collaboration with key departmental stakeholders.
- Passion about fundraising for financial access to higher education and athletics for students facing socioeconomic barriers.
- Demonstrated ability to create and implement alumni and donor strategies, including cultivaton activities, solicitation and stewardship.
- Exceptional relationship building and communication skills, including presentation and public speaking.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels, including with coaches and colleagus across Athletics and Recreation and Advancment.
- Strong persuasive writing skills, specifically in the area of proposal writing.
- Demonstrated analytical and reseawrch skills to review and analyze and develop complex proposals and reports.
- Demonstrated success managing volunteers with an ability to engage them in supporting fundraising activity.
- Proven track record of success in alumni engagement and building a pipeline of supporters to achieve fundraising goals.