The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving.
The Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving is responsible for identifying and prioritizing donor prospects, working with a portfolio of assigned prospects to engage and solicit support, developing fundraising strategies, and collaborating with Annual Giving and Special Gifts Office to design and manage annual giving appeals. The Associate Athletic Director maintains and grows annual fund support for Athletics and the development, implementation, management, and refinement of programs that engage and encourage participation of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends in supporting SJSU Athletics. The incumbent manages the donor relations officer position, complex project planning, management and evaluation of Annual Giving direct-marketing appeals (phone, print, email, social media), and reaches constituents through a highly coordinated series of multichannel online, email, direct mail, and personal contact solicitations in order to solicit and increase philanthropic support for SJSU Athletics. The incumbent has key responsibility for donor relations and stewardship activities and programs within the department and participates in Athletic programs and events that engage and connect alumni.
A newly formed partnership involving San José State University Spartan Athletics and University Advancement will elevate athletics fundraising efforts, better leverage advancement resources, and enhance day-to-day collaboration, connectivity and alignment as the university works to increase resources for its student athletes, coaches and support staff. This reorganization stands to reinvigorate SJSU’s athletics annual fundraising efforts, encompassing a review and analysis of annual giving, donor recognition levels and other elements, with the larger goal of raising support for athletics to levels at peer institutions.
This new partnership will set a standard for campus-wide collaboration while enhancing the university’s efforts to support its student athletes and coaches. This new arrangement will heighten SJSU’s ability to raise resources in support of the on-going renovation of South Campus and to meet other facility needs. In addition, the university will strengthen support for top priorities, including building its annual fund, and growing its endowment. As part of a new Athletics Advancement group led by a team of fundraising professionals with specialized expertise, the Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving will become part of the university’s advancement team, assimilating athletics-focused fundraising and outreach into broader institutional development efforts.
San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest public university in the West, and the founding campus of the California State University system. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision—a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.
A minimum of three years of related development experience, preferably, in an educational institute is required for this position as is a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. An advanced degree is desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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