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Director of Advancement, College of Architecture + Planning

  • Job
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Salt Lake City


  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience (One year of education is equivalent to two years of experience).
  • Six years of related experience.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the job’s essential functions as outlined in the position description
  • Highly Preferred:
  • Live in commutable distance of the Salt Lake City metro area.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary.
  • Able to travel regionally and nationally, including overnight trips each year.
  • Able to work evening and weekend hours, sometimes on short or limited notice.
  • PreferencesFive or more years of progressively responsible experience in higher education development/advancement, with a proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major and leadership gifts at the six and seven-figure levels. Equivalent development/advancement experience outside of higher education may substitute for educational institution experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and transparent communication skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely present information to varied audiences within the university and community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and judgment, ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
  • Meaningful experience in or knowledge of all key development areas (major, annual, and legacy giving, and corporate and foundation relations). A broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation, and management. A track record of successfully leading a development operation, including the management, monitoring, and mentoring of development professionals.
  • Ability to establish, cultivate, and steward strong relationships with alumni, donors, and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust while aligning the donor’s passions and goals with the institution.
  • Familiarity with, and appreciation for, architecture, planning, or design practice. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the job’s essential functions as outlined in the position description.


  • Plan and implement major gift fundraising to support areas of emphasis as assigned by University Advancement leadership and the Dean of CA+P. This includes learning, understanding, and acquiring expertise regarding the College’s strategic plan, initiatives, programs, existing resources, and education, research, practice, and community collaboration mission areas, fostering long-term success. The primary focus will be to build a sustainable major gift pipeline.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, negotiate, and steward major gift prospects, primarily CA+P alumni, participate cooperatively in the University Advancement’s prospect management and tracking system, and help maintain alumni and donor records.
  • In consultation with University Advancement leadership and the Dean, submit an annual advancement work plan and budget, including goals, objectives, strategies, anticipated travel, metrics for fundraising, plans for professional development, and performance management goals. Quarterly, assess progress toward meeting short- and long-term goals.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and mentor CA+P Advancement, Communications, and Alumni Relations team members in accordance with goals, priorities, and requirements. Provide frequent opportunities for professional learning and growth, fostering retention to increase the team’s capacity and expertise.
  • Direct and lead specific fundraising strategies, reviewing, and implementing changes when needed. Ensure accountability for team’s fundraising metrics.
  • Identify high-capacity University of Utah CA+P alumni and prospects to secure gifts/donations.
  • Build a strong relationship with the Dean and CA+P faculty and staff leaders. Serve as a member of the CA+P Leadership Team. Maintain a strong presence within the college. Facilitate the Dean, alumni, administrators, academic leaders, and volunteers participating in fundraising and stewardship activities.
  • Attend and participate in appropriate administrative and faculty meetings within the CA+P, and staff meetings in the Office of University Advancement.
  • Partner with University Advancement’s, legacy giving, corporate and foundation relations, principal gifts, annual giving, donor relations, and prospect management teams to create a robust advancement program.
  • Liaise with volunteers who conduct fundraising activities on behalf of CA+P.
  • In coordination with the University Advancement’s Donor Relations team, prepare written proposals, endowment agreements, informational materials, and other cultivation and stewardship materials for prospects and donors to secure gifts. Work with the Director of Donor Relations to coordinate stewardship plans for donors at the leadership gift level. Ensure endowment reports are completed on time, and research questions related to reporting accuracies.
  • Monitor gift accounts, including endowed and expendable funds, to ensure they are executed in accordance with donors’ gift agreements.
  • Seek appropriate training opportunities, including training necessary for proficiency in gift planning techniques, and partner with the Director of Legacy Giving to build that program.
  • Train academic leaders and volunteers regarding donor relations, philanthropic support of CA+P, best practices within Advancement, etc.
  • Submit regular reports to University Advancement leadership, the Dean, and other institutional leaders as required.
  • Complete other duties assigned by University Advancement leadership or the Dean.

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Mission & Purpose

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders. The University of Utah became a member of the PAC-12 conference in July 2011. Technology and Commercialization The University of Utah is tops in the country for creating start-up companies from university research, according to a ranking by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). See http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/u-of-utah-no-1-for-startups for more information. Forbes magazine’s recent ranking of the “Best States for Business” pointed to “an educated labor force” as a big reason Utah came in at number one. The U supplies many of the employees for companies that keep expanding their operations in Utah, such as Goldman Sachs, Adobe, Omniture, Oracle, Ebay and many others. http://pac12info.utah.edu/commercialization-of-innovation/ Healthcare University of Utah Health Care recently ranked first in the nation in a prestigious national study. The University Health System Consortium’s 2010 Quality and Accountability Study compared 98 of the nation’s top academic medical centers and ranked them based on core quality measures, patient safety indicators, mortality rates, re-admission rates, and patient satisfaction scores