Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) seeks a dynamic, bold, and innovative leader to serve as a Gift Officer based in the greater Denver metro area. CSU-Pueblo's next Gift Officer will be committed to transforming CSU-Pueblo into the "people's university of the southwest" by supporting eight guiding principles that ultimately focus on developing students with the problem-solving skills, resiliency, and agility needed to navigate work in a rapidly changing world. To learn more about this bold vision, visit https://www.csupueblo.edu/vision2028/.
As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we are looking for a dynamic fundraiser who understands how to serve traditionally under-represented students through donor development and cultivation of new revenue streams. We seek a gift officer who can help us meet the needs of our students in and out of the classroom and remove the barriers that keep them from enrolling, persisting, and earning their degrees. The Gift Officer provides leadership and direction for designing, developing, delivering, and administering fundraising programs. This position will report to the Office of the President of CSU-Pueblo and will work closely with the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. This position will work from Denver but will be expected to spend 2-4 days a month at the CSU-Pueblo campus.
The Gift Officer will assist the CSU-Pueblo President, and will partner with the CSU-Pueblo Foundation in order to:
Execute our new shared vision by ensuring that CSU-Pueblo (a) remains accessible and affordable, (b) develops people, and (c) designs learning and support systems that support enhanced experiential education, soft skill development, as well as personalized advising and mentoring.
Work collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders, including leadership and others from our System institutions, providing innovative and transparent donor development, and advocating for the learning and support systems needed to ensure student success and financial sustainability for the University.
Develop and implement strategies for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects with the capacity for a major gift of $50,000 to $1,000,000 and above.
Identify new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and developing materials, creating marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events.
Cultivate, steward, and solicit donor and investment prospects for gifts ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 and above.
Prepare and negotiate gift instruments ranging from moderate to high complexity; works with the President's Cabinet, University Leadership Team, and other employees as necessary to solicit the largest gifts.
Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB:
Plans, organizes, and directs large-scale fundraising which include multiple components primarily to include Denver, Colorado, Front Range, and donors/investors primarily located outside of Colorado.
Results have a major impact on the overall goals of the University's shared vision; assignments will typically be at the "major gifts" or "corporate/foundation relations" level, including managing portfolios of donors and investors capable of giving $50,000 to $1,000,000 or more.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift prospects, donors, and investment opportunities using specific metrics to track all activity and provide reports on outcomes. Utilizes a "return on investment" strategy in managing donor and investment portfolios.
Completes 10-12 face to face visits each month; present 2-3 gift proposals each month; brings in $1,000,000-$2,000,000 per year.
Crafts compelling and complex written, digital and/or oral proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation donor or investment prospects.
Recruits, trains, and supports key stakeholders who assist in fundraising efforts or who work to develop campaign or fundraising priorities.
May supervise professional or support staff involved in the implementation of multi-tiered fundraising and/or campaign efforts and ongoing development programs.
Uses best practice fundraising methodologies and tools, including wealth screening and internal databases, in order to implement university fundraising goals and objectives.
Attends events, meetings, and conferences, and serves on internal/external committees as a representative of the campus, as necessary.
Ensures predetermined fundraising objectives and goals are met. Researches and develops university reports for diverse audiences that include status of fundraising goals, current cultivation strategies, and development outcomes.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
A minimum of five years of demonstrated success in fundraising, donor cultivation, higher education advancement, and administrative operations
Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices employed in higher education fundraising
Proven ability to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives
Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check
Ability to travel in and out of state
Valid and unrestricted driver's license
Advanced analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/ resolution skills
Graduate degree in relevant field
Membership in Council Advancement Secondary Education (CASE) and/or Association of Fundraising Professionals
Ten years of direct, proven fundraising experience cultivating and managing donor development
Extensive training or certifications in fundraising methods and best practices
Understanding of higher education, including relevant issues for both the campus and higher education
Advanced written, oral, digital and interpersonal communication skills, including interpersonal acumen necessary in order to establish and maintain positive working relationships throughout the university and with outside stakeholders and partner organizations
Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, and institutional/ system/ statewide fundraising policies
Demonstrated collaborative and inclusive leadership style that also includes personal integrity, good judgment, and resiliency
Advanced analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/ avoidance/ resolution skills
Advanced ability to make persuasive and compelling oral and written presentations of immediate university goals/ objectives and long-term development needs
About Colorado State University-Pueblo
With an enrollment of nearly 4,500 students, Colorado State University-Pueblo is a fully accredited, regional comprehensive state university that provides social, educational, and cultural opportunities to its constituents.
Founded in 1933 as Southern Colorado Junior College, the campus has adapted its name and academic programs to meet the needs of a changing student demographic. It became Colorado State University-Pueblo in July of 2003 to more closely align the institution with its governing body, the Colorado State University System.
Pueblo, Colorado, 100 miles south of Denver.
The 275-acre campus is located in Pueblo, an ethnically and culturally diverse community of more than 120,000 people less than two hours south from Denver. Pueblo offers numerous art and cultural attractions as well as recreational options. The campus landscape continues to evolve with a newly renovated Library, a new $16 million general academic classroom building, an enhanced soccer/lacrosse stadium, and a current $30 million major renovation/expansion to the Occhiato University Center.
In addition to the Pueblo campus, CSU-Pueblo offers classes in several majo...rs to meet the needs of working adults and military personnel in Colorado Springs at Fort Carson and the Tower location off of I-25 at Circle Drive. Courses are offered in pursuit of the following degrees -- Sociology, Sociology/Criminology emphasis, Social Work, Business Administration-Management -- as well as a variety of lower division general education courses.