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Assistant Director of Development and Engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

at ASU Foundation

Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

Assistant Director of Development and Engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - ASU Foundation

Partner Description:
ASU Foundation

The ASU Foundation is a private non-profit organization that identifies, encourages and engages private supporters to advance the success of Arizona State University as a New American University.

The foundation works with donors to determine their motivations and aspirations and matches those passions with investment opportunities at ASU.

We especially welcome candidates who are eager to apply best practices in fundraising towards cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout the ASU community.


Role summary: 

The Assistant Director of Development and Engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a professional who will work collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and with academic leadership in the college. With more than 100,000 alumni, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is at the crossroads of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. As the largest college at ASU, CLAS has over 22,000 students enrolled in 19 academic units and also teaches students from across ASU in core university classes every semester, so the impact of CLAS is meaningful and broad. CLAS also houses over 40 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.

The principal activity of this professional development officer is to be externally focused, with responsibility for engaging a portfolio of individuals, corporations, and foundations that have a potential affinity with ASU. The assistant director’s effectiveness is evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and contact metrics consistent with the programs and prospects assigned. The assistant director reports to the ASUF director of development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This position will focus on both annual and major gift fundraising.

What you'll do:

  • Work with college development team and academic leaders to assist and direct the implementation and coordination of special fundraising opportunities by identifying, cultivating and soliciting annual, major and planned gifts. The primary but not exclusive topical focus will be the social sciences and humanities divisions.
    • Guided by the direction and scope of a prospect’s interest, collaborate with various faculty, institute/center directors, and unit-based and foundation-based fundraisers to leverage the maximum philanthropic potential of a prospect
    • Develop and submit written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic investments
    • Collaborate with various ASUF offices and functions -- including donor relations, research and prospect management, financial services, annual giving, and development – to advance prospect strategies
    • When appropriate, oversee the recruitment, organization and training of fundraising volunteers
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of annual ($1,000 – $25,000) and major gift (above $25,000) prospects, developing and executing strategic prospect strategies leading to solicitation and investment based on the opportunities of each special assignment
    • Use the ASUF prospect management and tracking systems (Advance and Salesforce) to record and coordinate contacts and proposals
    • Be responsible for core fundraising metrics including face-to-face visits with prospects, identification of new prospects, growth in cumulative giving from the prospect portfolio, major gift proposals submitted, dollars raised
    • Ensure proper stewardship and recognition of donors in portfolio
  • Assist divisional associate directors (Humanities and Social Sciences) in project and topical fundraising
  • Assist CLAS development team with campaign planning and implementation
  • Participate, as a member of the ASUF development team and serve as a resource to development colleagues regarding fundraising opportunities
  • Work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities
  • Other duties as assigned

?What you’ll need:

  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Self-starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Ability to work independently
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • Comprehensive understanding and passion in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate meetings and events
  • Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations


?Relevant Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education: OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities has been achieved.


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ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan and reduced tuition at ASU.

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