Director of Development, College of Medicine - Tucson

Position Highlights

COM-T provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities, and leading-edge patient care. Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967 as the state’s only MD degree granting college and a resource for the people of Arizona. Today, the College of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. From an initial class of just 32 students, the College of Medicine has graduated more than 5,000 physicians to-date. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff, and alumni today continue more than 50 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.

The College's integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum combines the latest advances in biomedical science with the practice of the classical art of medicine. In 2015, The University partnered with Banner Health, the fourth largest health care corporation in the country, who serves as COM-T’s primary clinical partner. In addition, affiliations with more than a dozen hospitals and health-care facilities across two campuses ensure that students will always have access to groundbreaking research opportunities, world-class faculty, and meaningful patient-care experiences.

A strong engagement and fundraising program is a critical component of COM-T's strategic plan. Increased private philanthropy from alumni, grateful patients, community members, institutional funders, friends, and other constituencies is vital to the COM-T's future impact on the health of people in Arizona, the nation, and the world. COM-T is part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), a statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. UAHS is comprised of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy, and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; and the University of Arizona Cancer Center; and 23 centers and institutes dedicated to research and patient care, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) is seeking a Director of Development. COM-T is transforming academic medicine through innovative undergraduate medical education and postgraduate training programs; strategic, interdisciplinary trans-institutional research; collaborative health care delivery; and a strong, diverse and engaged faculty.

The Director of Development will design and implement fundraising strategies that will generate revenue and drive the growth of the College's mission. The successful candidate will assist the Senior Director of Development and other members of the COM-T Development Team in planning and implementing all development activities including working directly with major gift prospects of the college/unit/department to secure gifts of $50,000 or more to further the goals and objectives of the College of Medicine - Tucson. This position is subject to joint management by the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Foundation as specified in the Development Services and Asset Management Agreement dated August 2016.

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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Develop and execute strategic, personalized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for an assigned portfolio of 50-70 major-gift ($50,000 level or greater) donor prospects (individual, corporate, and foundation) through personal visits (in-person or Zoom), letters, phone calls, email and other methods.
  • Qualify prospects and donors for major gifts.
  • 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 15+ proposals per year, and a fundraising metric of at least $500,000 (with incremental increases after the first year).
  • Plan, coordinate, and schedule 100+ personal visits annually with major gift prospects.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records of donor and prospect contacts in the PAE database of record.
  • Regional or nation-wide travel is expected to meet with donors or attend special events.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Development, assigned Department Heads, and the President of UA Foundation or designee on all matters related to development activities within the College and across the University including the development of strategic initiatives and formation of multi-unit collaborations.
  • Participate as the Development/Alumni Liaison for assigned academic departments or programs.
  • Creatively leverage outreach activities (e.g., tours, lectures, exhibits) to develop new major gift prospects.
  • Embrace the PAE's "One Team" culture and philosophy.
  • Attend PAE, college-wide and team meetings as requested.
  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities suggested by supervisor and PAE leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to build strong and productive relationships with COM-T leadership, faculty, colleagues, and staff.
  • Ability to gain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the COM-T's strategic vision, goals and objectives and a thorough familiarity with its mission, research centers, institutes, programs, and clinical partners.
  • Ability to create and maintain strong relationships with COM-T's alumni, grateful patients, community members, volunteers, students, friends, and other constituents.
  • Ability to successfully cultivate new donors at the major gift level.
  • Ability to secure philanthropic support for the COM-T that meets established goals.
  • Knowledge of academic medicine, higher education, non-profit and/or governmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive donor databases such as Blackbaud CRM system (internally known as Lynx).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated successful experience in planning and managing fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience building advisory boards and creating volunteer infrastructure.
Job Benefits

The University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Foundation offer employees a robust array of enticing benefits. From premium healthcare coverage to tuition reduction to 40+ days off annually (22 vacation, 12 sick, 10 holidays, etc.), employees are well cared for.

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.

Diversity Statement

Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement is an office comprised of both University of Arizona and University of Arizona Foundation employees, and as such, shares the intuition’s approach to diversity and inclusiveness:

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.


University of Arizona

Employment Type

Tucson, AZ

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