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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Advancement at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for the Director of Development for the College of Music! Under the guidance of the Assistant Dean for Advancement, the Director of Development serves as a highly productive team member for the COM team by successfully managing and developing a portfolio of approximately 100 individual prospective donors.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Office of Advancement is a professional and hard-working advancement team that generates philanthropic support and overall external engagement for the University. Through these philanthropic and engagement efforts, the University is able to attract highly skilled students to support and grow our hardworking faculty and strengthen our overall academic and co-curricular programs as we build a foundation of excellence for the future.

The College of Music Advancement team is a collaborative group of skilled professionals who work closely with the dean and faculty to elevate the College of Music (COM), CU Presents (including the Artist Series), and Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF).

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Individual Contributor

  • With a “CU first” philosophy, the Director of Development consistently achieves annual and multi-year performance and portfolio engagement goals, moves the portfolio of assigned relationships towards solicitation of existing and future donors at both leadership annual giving levels at $5,000 per year and larger commitments of $100,000 with the intent of sustaining and growing donors’ impact on CU Boulder.
  • Contribute meaningfully to donor strategy in support of the Dean of the College, faculty, and the Assistant Dean for Advancement, focusing on major gift strategy and prospect development with a particular emphasis on major gift cultivation and stewardship, its intersection with other program elements of the advancement operation, and long-term development and engagement goals of the COM and CU Boulder Advancement.
  • In partnership with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, support the College’s efforts to establish an amplified focus on major and principal giving and its intersection with alumni and community engagement leading to growth in leadership annual giving and major gift results, deepening the base of potential major gift prospects.
  • Portfolio management of 80-100 prospective donors. Develop discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for major gift donors and prospects to the COM, CU Presents, and CSF with a particular focus on the development of new prospective donors to these and other flagship programs of the College and its collaborating partners in the performing arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Demonstrate deep commitment to donor-centered work by coordinating with advancement colleagues in schools, colleges, and athletics in cross-campus donor engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship as appropriate.
  • Craft a focused plan to develop major gift prospects from the subscriber and patron base of highly visible programs like Takács Quartet, CSF, CU Opera, and CU Presents.
  • Represent the University of Colorado Boulder and the COM events to represent advancement leadership, steward, cultivate and identify future donors.
  • Support in developing major gift engagement strategies for all managed donor and prospective donor relationships at the College of Music; collaborate effectively with all COM philanthropy, engagement, stewardship, and event planning personnel to optimize leadership annual giving participation from the collective portfolio of managed relationships.


  • Document prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects, and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Work daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges, and fund agreements.
  • Serve as a key liaison to the Music Advisory Board, CSF Advisory Board, Artists Series Advisory Board, and American Music Research Center Advisory Board.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (remote and in-person work).

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $92,000- $110,000 annually. Relocation assistance is available for qualified candidates.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years of top level, successful fundraising experience.

What You Will Need

  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration.
  • Advanced knowledge of fundraising strategies and techniques.
  • Ability to be an outstanding representative of CU Boulder’s mission, vision and values, including the University and Advancement Division’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships.
  • Strong capability to analyze information/situations and problem-solve.
  • Steadfast ability to handle sensitive information discreetly and maintain confidentiality.
  • Capacity to coordinate and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests of current parents, alumni, students, and faculty.
  • Solid understanding of planned giving.
  • Proficiency in the following software:
  • Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Donor Databases and Tessitura knowledge is helpful but not required.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate work in related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • A current resume.
  • A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by October 17, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu