Associate Athletic Director for Development Seattle University
FLSA Status: Exempt Months Per Year: 12 Hours Per Week: 37.5
Position Description Seattle University is a highly selective, independent, Catholic, Jesuit institution adjacent to downtown Seattle, and is seeking a dynamic and proven athletics department professional to serve as its Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Located on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and currently enrolls more than 7,400 graduate and undergraduate students within nine schools and colleges. Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the West: 40 percent of its students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and students come from 77 nations and all 50 states. Seattle University employs approximately 1,500 faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of over $210M.
The university's athletic program fields 20 Division I intercollegiate teams (9 men's and 11 women's) and is comprised of more than 350 student athletes. The Redhawks, Seattle University's athletic teams, compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in all sports and have an excellent track record of achievement both on the field and court and in the classroom. In the five years with the WAC, the Redhawk teams have a combined 31 WAC conference titles, including both team and individual championships.
This position oversees the entire athletics fundraising program. Reporting directly to and working with the Director of Athletics, the Associate Athletic Director for Development will organize and direct all fundraising activities within the Department of Athletics, develop the strategic plan for the fundraising program, manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, oversee all departmental fundraising events and represent the Athletics Department at University and community events.
Essential Functions: This position is responsible for raising gifts to support the mission, vision and priorities of Seattle U Athletics. It is responsible for the overall administration, management and supervision of athletic development and fundraising efforts and athletics fundraising personnel. This position is a member of the Athletic Director's senior staff and works closely with the Athletic Director.
Serve as the chief athletic development officer with responsibilities for vision, strategy, and personnel management for the athletic development unit.
Solicit and close major gifts, with a primary focus on increasing both dollars and donors to the athletics program. Working within the SU prospect management development system, develop, cultivate and maintain a pool of at least 75-100 major athletics donor prospects. Generate strategies for the development unit for cultivating and soliciting major donor prospects and refining plans to match donors' needs and desires. Actively engage in prospect research (both micro and macro).
Supervise all planned giving and endowment activities for the athletic department.
Create templates for proposals and campaign pieces.
Meet annual goals as established by the Athletic Director in collaboration with the Vice President for Advancement.
Manage the athletic development budget in a manner consistent with departmental and University policies and practices.
Collaborate with the Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing & Development, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, and the Assistant Athletic Director for Corporate Partnerships by coordinating fundraising and sponsorship efforts. Supervise the Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Fund.
Assist in building an understanding of the University's vision and strategic plan with key constituencies.
Marginal Functions: Participate in all required university fundraising and advancement protocols including such activities as organizational meetings, retreats, annual planning, goals setting and reporting.
Work with both athletic and advancement staff to ensure all athletic development activities are coordinated with the larger University campaign.
Maintain current best practices for athletic development, and have a visionary approach to creating campaigns, mini-campaigns, micro-philanthropy, social media, and stewardship activities. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in relevant field of study with seven years of progressively responsible experience in athletic development with a preference for major gift experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in development.
Leadership experience managing a development, external operations or sales professionals unit in NCAA Division I Athletics.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including excellent writing and editing skills.
Persistence and resourcefulness in developing and executing solicitation strategies and closing gifts/sales.
Strong organizational skills with proven ability to work well under pressure and to handle multiple prospects and requests concurrently, while meeting multiple deadlines.
Ability to foster positive interpersonal relationships and professional image with external and internal constituencies.
Ability to use fundraising software systems and to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
A successful candidate must have a working knowledge of or the ability to learn and possess a commitment to NCAA Division I rules and guidelines, as well as a demonstrated willingness to support and engage diversity and gender equity and an understanding of a commitment to Jesuit Catholic ideals.
Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the NCAA, the WAC or any athletics conference Seattle University may join, and other established bodies that govern or oversee intercollegiate athletics. In the event Employee becomes aware, or has reasonable cause to believe, that violations of these organizations' constitutions, bylaws rules or regulations may have taken place, Employee shall promptly report the same to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Rules Education at the University. Employee shall cooperate fully and completely with any investigation of any alleged violation, whether such investigation is conducted by the University, NCAA or any other duly authorized agency or individual.
All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision and values.
This position requires a criminal history background check.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's or an advanced degree. Record of success in establishing positive relationships with boosters, alumni, students, faculty and staff; ability to work productively with the university and the community.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.
In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.
Application Instructions Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.