Senior Associate Director of Development Development, College of Science

The University of Arizona College of Science is seeking a motivated and goal-oriented professional to join the Dean, the College of Science Development team and the University and Alumni Development Program (UADP) in supporting our efforts to significantly increase philanthropic support and to have a positive impact on achieving strategic growth for the College. The Senior Associate Director of Development assists the Assistant Dean, Alumni and Development and other members of the College of Science Development team in planning and implementing all development activities. In addition, the Senior Associate Director of Development will work directly with major gift prospects of the college/unit/department to secure gifts of $25,000 or more to further the goals and objectives of the College of Science.

The Senior Associate Director of Development will gain an in-depth understanding of the College’s donors and prospective donor pools, as well as the school’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 University of Arizona and UADP 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.

This position is a member of the University Alumni Development Program (UADP) and subject to joint management by the College of Science 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 and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Actively work with the Dean and members of the College of Science Development team in planning and implementing all development activities within the College
  • Work toward building and managing a major gift prospect/donor portfolio of 100 personal meetings per year minimum
  • After an initial 3- to 6-month on-boarding period, execute an agreed upon metric of 100+ current or prospect donor personal meetings and presentation of 15+ proposals per year, with a focus on qualifying major gift prospects and securing gifts of $25,000 or more, and an expectation to raise in excess of $750,000 annually
  • 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 with the College/Unit Lead DO in the College of Science and their staff in expanding, cultivating and growing philanthropic support through their advisory boards
  • Participate with the College/Unit Lead DO in the College of Science in the strategic planning of new projects and initiatives
  • Partner with and effectively utilize the development professionals and resources of the UADP
  • Work effectively as part of the greater University and Alumni Development Program (UADP)
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, speaking, interviewing and listening skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain powerful and productive relationships with donors as well as development colleagues and UA faculty and staff
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Working knowledge of the ways donors can make charitable gifts, including cash, appreciated securities, real and personal property, and different planned giving methods
  • Ability to translate technical scientific information into lay language for potential donors
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures and policies
  • Ability to make introductory phone call to get appointment with donor prospects
  • Ability to make good decisions and exercise judgment and discretion
  • Ability to maintain donor confidentiality
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university program
  • Minimum of 5 (five) years of experience in a related occupation, and using Microsoft Office Suite products, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts in a higher education setting
  • Proficient experience working in constituent databases
  • Work experience demonstrating knowledge of fundraising principles and procedures
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.

Diversity Statement

The University Alumni & Development Program 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 Foundation

Employment Type

Tucson, AZ

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