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Associate Director of Development

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Development

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $60,000 - $68,000
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0
Number of Openings: 3

Application Review Begins
October 2, 2019; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
University Advancement is hiring three full-time Associate Directors of Development this fall. Candidates who apply will be considered for an assignment in the following units: Pipeline Programs, University Initiatives, or Scholarships and Student Success. More information about these assigned units is available here. Positions may be based in Eugene or Portland.

Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you to serve the mission of the University of Oregon through 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
University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon’s (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and 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: the UO Alumni Association; Development; Advancement Operations; Federal Affairs; and State and Community Affairs. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

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.

Position Summary
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 (Pipeline Programs, University Initiatives, or Scholarships and Student Success) and is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position will concentrate on gifts in the mid-level gift range ($25,000 - $99,999). 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.

This role is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a front-line fundraiser, working with influential stakeholders, passionate alumni, and important donors for the university. 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.

This position requires a flexible work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends. Travel within Oregon as well as to cities in other states up to 75% of the time is an essential expectation of this position.

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

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 75% 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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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 Civil Rights Compliance, 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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