The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for a Deputy Athletic Director for Athletic Advancement.
The Deputy Athletic Director for Athletics Advancement is a key member of the University Advancement leadership team and active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the day-to-day operations of Athletics Advancement. The Deputy Director serves as the primary liaison between University Advancement and Athletics, and when directed, participates in fundraising activities and donor cultivation. The Deputy Athletic Director directly manages the Athletics Major Gifts, Football Development, and Athletics Annual Giving teams, ensuring consistency with the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the California State University system, San José State University, the Mountain West Conference, and NCAA compliance. The Deputy Athletic Director will have management and supervision responsibilities for a team of professional associates within University Advancement focused upon Athletics Advancement, and will collaborate with the Vice President for University Advancement, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and other Intercollegiate Athletics and University Advancement administrators and staff on strategies and tactics for enhanced donor and alumni engagement through events, marketing campaigns, social media, and other engagement tools.
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 Deputy Athletic Director for Athletic Advancement 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising for a Division I athletics program 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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