Director of Development, College of Science
Tucson, AZ 
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Position Information

Title Director of Development, College of Science
Department Science Administration (0442)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona (UA) is seeking a motivated and goal-oriented professional to join the Dean and Senior Director of Development for the College of Science and representatives of the University Development Program (UDP) in our efforts to significantly increase philanthropic support and have a positive impact on achieving strategic growth for the College and UA. The Director of Development will undertake development activities of the College of Science as part of the college's development team. The Director of Development works directly with major gift prospects to secure gifts of $25,000 or more to further the goals and objectives of the College of Science and UA.

Space Technology and Defense in the 4th Industrial Revolution is one of the key initiatives identified in the UA's 2018 Strategic Plan. The UA is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top 10 Best Global Universities for Space Science. The emphasis of this position is to secure philanthropic financial resources to advance the College's and UA's work in Space Sciences. This will include obtaining philanthropic support for the Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory (DASO) including endowed funds for students, faculty, and research, educational, and outreach programs. Additionally, it is expected this position will coordinate with the College of Science Senior Director of Development in the UA's fundraising partnership with the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation by securing funds to ensure UA's ongoing partnership with the Giant Magellan Telescope project. Other tasks will include working with the Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) to maximize opportunities within Space Sciences and the Executive Director of the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium to further the Center's education and outreach efforts.

The Director of Development will gain an in-depth understanding of the College's donors and prospective donor pools, as well as the UA's overall fundraising processes, strategies and goals. The person in this role is expected to work collaboratively with all members of the College of Science Development and Administrative team, Department Heads and Directors, and other UDP and University of Arizona personnel as appropriate. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to create and sustain personal relationships. The position requires travel on a regular basis throughout Arizona and other regions including overnight stays, in addition to work on evenings and/or weekends as necessary to cultivate and solicit donor prospects.

The College of Science brings together globally prominent faculty in disciplines at the core of scientific inquiry and education. One of the largest colleges at the UA, the College of Science is a nexus of award-winning programs and centers that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research. The College's 15 academic departments and research units encompass the range of physical, mathematical, environmental, cognitive and life sciences.

This position is jointly managed by the Senior Director of Development, College of Science, and the University Development Program which is managed by contract by The University of Arizona Foundation.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Supervisory Responsibility: This position may supervise a development coordinator.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Actively work with the Dean and Senior Director of Development for the College of Science and President of the University of Arizona Foundation or designee on all matters related to development activities within the College.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 40-60 donors/prospects.
  • After an initial 3- to 6-month on-boarding period, execute an agreed upon metric of 100+ current or prospect donor visits and presentation of 20+ proposals per year, with an expectation of $1M+ raised and 15 major gift proposals booked after the initial on-boarding period (with incremental increases after the first year).
  • Maintain up-to-date donor/prospect portfolio, including contact reports and proposals.
  • Develop and execute strategic, personalized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for assigned major donors and prospects (individual, corporate, and foundation) through personal visits, letters, phone calls, email and other methods.
  • Actively work on strategic initiatives in Space Sciences with the Dean, Department/Unit Heads, Senior Director of Development, and collaborators across UA colleges and other scientific entities outside the UA (for example, the Giant Magellan Telescope organization, NASA, NSF).
  • Actively work with the Dean and Department Heads in the College of Science in expanding, cultivating and growing philanthropic support through their advisory boards.
  • Participate with the Dean and Department Heads in the College of Science in the strategic planning of new projects and initiatives.
  • Is expected to devote 80 percent effort to major gift fundraising and 20 percent to professional development and administrative tasks.
  • Develop annual reports, moves management strategies and fundraising plans with specific goals.
  • Develop and oversee the creation of materials in support of fundraising efforts in support of College and UA initiatives related to Space Sciences.
  • Partner with and effectively utilize the development professionals and resources of the UDP.
  • Demonstrate the UDP competencies of collaboration, communication, customer/donor focus, initiative, and mission driven.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability creating and executing fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors.
  • Ability in raising six-figure+ gifts.
  • Ability building boards and committee structures.
  • Ability writing successful proposals, grants, and reports.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain philanthropic relationships.
  • Ability to translate technical scientific information into lay language for potential donors.
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures and policies.
  • Ability to work with academic and administration staff members.
  • Knowledge of planned giving techniques and the programs available to implement such gifts.
  • Facility with modern communication and office computing equipment.
  • A valid driver's license.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university program.
  • Five (5) years of experience managing and directing a comprehensive fundraising program or equivalent in a public or private higher education or nonprofit setting.
Preferred Qualifications

* Knowledge of the sciences.
* A passion for Space Sciences and the University of Arizona.
* Experience in a higher education setting.
* Proficiency in Raiser's Edge or equivalent fundraising database.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A24064
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Chris Wolf
UDP Talent Acquisition

Open Date 09/19/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/30/2019
Special Instructions to Applicant

Your writing sample should include a donor proposal or letter.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Salary and Benefits
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 years
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