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Associate Director of Development

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Development, Music/Dance

Department: University Advancement and the School of Music and Dance
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $60,000 - $68,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
November 7, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a resume and cover letter.

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.

The Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) is an ancillary program of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance with representation from the community through the advisory Board of Directors. The Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival blends excellence in musical performance with innovative educational opportunities to create an inspired community of musicians and music lovers. The OBF has been presenting world-class musical performances and innovative educational opportunities for students and lifelong learners for over four decades. The OBF is unique in the world in that the Festival concentrates on choral-orchestral works and is situated within the university, and at its heart, has a deep and abiding commitment to academic and performance-practice related research, and education in the widest sense.

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 and is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position will concentrate on mid-level gifts ($25k-$99k). 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 position leads the Oregon Bach Festival development program and is responsible for managing all mid-level fundraising activity, including representing the Festival in development meetings on campus and setting fundraising goals and strategies in conjunction with leadership in the School of Music and Dance, the Festival, and Development. Travel within Oregon as well as to cities in other states up to 50% of the time is an essential expectation of this position.

The Associate Director reports to the Director of Development for the School of Music and Dance and is responsible to supervise 1-2 staff members. This position is jointly funded by OBF/SOMD and University Advancement.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree, or 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.
• 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.
• Management and supervision of employees: Ability to formally supervise and provide feedback to support staff and act as a resource for earlier career team members; ability to represent program interests to leadership, anticipate supervisor expectations, and model strong information sharing practices to and on behalf of the team.
• Volunteer management: Ability to work with volunteers, integrate giving strategy with volunteer opportunities, and support board giving and/or a volunteer development committee.
• Academic leadership: Ability to use dean and faculty members in donor cultivation and stewardship, including communicating and translating metrics for academic leaders, representing development needs, and ensuring academic leaders understand the role of development.
• 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 interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• 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 50% 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.
• Background in music, the arts, or festival administration.

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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