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Associate Director of Development, College of Education

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Development, Education, Executive/Management/Director

Department: College of Education
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
November 23, 2017; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare
you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please
discuss each element completely and succinctly.

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Department Summary
UO Advancement and the College of Education are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic employee to join our fundraising team. Come be a part of a high performing team that grants donors an opportunity to be a part of the University of Oregon College of Education’s mission: Making Educational and Social Systems Work for All. Featuring nationally ranked academic programs, and prominent teaching and research faculty, the University of Oregon College of Education includes an alliance of nationally prominent centers, institutes, and affiliated research and outreach units. The college distinguishes itself by developing the capabilities of professional educators and clinicians, advancing a culture of effective professional practice through research and evidence-based support, and strengthening the capacity and accountability of community and education agencies to design, provide and continuously improve individual and organizational learning, performance and progress.

University Advancement is responsible for strategically positioning the UO with its various constituents and securing resources to further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. Departments within University Advancement include: Advancement/UO Alumni Association; Development; Stewardship and Public Events; Advancement Operations; Federal Affairs; and State and Community Affairs.

Position Summary
Development in University Advancement is a comprehensive fundraising department supporting the entire university campus with an overall mission to sustain and enhance excellence at the University of Oregon. The Associate Director of Development works as part of Development to promote university fundraising priorities and image to alumni, parents, and friends of the university. The associate director will be assigned to a specific unit and is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position will concentrate on gifts in the “leadership annual giving” ($2,500 - $24,999) and non-major gift ($25,000 - $99,999) ranges. Occasional work in the major gift ($100k+) range is possible depending upon donor interest, but is not a focus of the position.

This position is field-oriented, requiring frequent travel and direct contact with donors and donor prospects. The associate director works collaboratively with colleagues in the assigned unit, Development, and across the university to identify new prospects and strategically cultivate alumni, parents, and friends. The associate director will be responsible for meeting fundraising goals as they relate to the strategic needs of the university and the assigned unit, priority, or region. Performance as measured against these goals will be evaluated annually.

Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Development, this position is part of the College of Education development program. The associate director solicits gifts to support the priorities of the college and contributes to donor pipeline strategies and development. The senior director is the lead development officer for the college and reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Education and the Senior Associate Vice President for Development. Travel within Oregon as well as to cities in other states up to 60% of the time is an essential expectation of this position. This position is jointly funded by the College of Education and University Advancement.

This role is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a frontline fundraiser, working with influential stakeholders, passionate alumni, and important donors for the College of Education. The associate director will join a collaborative, professional development environment in which team members across academic units and colleges regularly learn from, connect with and support each other.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree
• Two years of professional or volunteer experience in development or fundraising OR three years’ experience in a closely related field such as corporate sales.

Flexible work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.

Professional Competencies
• Working with donors and prospects: Ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospects and build relationships with key constituents connected with the university. Ability to initiate gift planning conversations and build relationships with volunteers.
• Portfolio Management and Systems: Ability to develop strategies for reaching and engaging with prospects and regularly use Advance donor database and other tools to find and update donor information.
• Professionalism and Citizenship: Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with fundraising colleagues and support staff and maintain professionalism when working with others. Strong sense of donor-driven customer service.
• Institutional Navigation and Industry Knowledge: Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs; ability to maintain core campus relationships and familiarity with industry best practices in major giving.
• Pipeline Strategy and Development: Ability to navigate mid-level giving focused on establishing and progressing relationships with donors and prospects at all levels, integrating the successes of other units into one’s own program and pipeline; knowledgeable about annual giving and alumni association solicitation and engagement efforts.
• Strategic Planning: Ability to match pipeline strength, donor interests, and philanthropic priorities in strategic planning; ability to articulate how one’s individual initiatives and goals fit into programmatic direction and use the unit business plan to address questions about direction and priorities. Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals from all backgrounds and cultures.
• Ability to travel to sites not regularly served by public transportation, by personal or state vehicle or other means and willingness to travel up to 60% of time.

Preferred Qualifications
• If work experience is in a non-development field, preference will be given to those with
relevant experience in the development field.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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