The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for a Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics collaborates effectively with Athletics to implement strategies to secure philanthropic support for San José State University fundraising priorities in addition to the SJSU’s men's and women's athletics and athletics facilities. The Director of Development focuses on implementing strategies to secure philanthropic support for fundraising priorities identified by the university’s leadership in collaboration with the Athletics Advancement Office in the Division of University Advancement. The successful candidate will actively manage a prospect/donor portfolio with annual goals for personal visits and fundraising outcomes based on metrics established by the Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts; develop and execute sound strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift prospects/donors; initiate contact, developed in an appropriate timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; work collaboratively with the leadership of colleges, key university donor-centric cultivation, and solicitation strategy; work collaboratively with peers in Major Gifts as well as colleagues in Annual Giving, Planned Giving, and Corporate and Foundation Relations.
This position works with volunteer leadership providing them direction and support in maximizing Intercollegiate Athletics major gift fundraising potential; focuses on securing funding for designated priorities including academic programs, scholarships, unrestricted support, facility renovations, new facilities and other specified priorities; collaborates with stewardship colleagues with donor stewardship efforts particularly pertaining to Athletics, and helps promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents.
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.
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. San José State’s intercollegiate athletic program is an integral part of the university and exists to promote the common good through athletic competition by providing equitable opportunities for men and women to compete at the NCAA Division I Level.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is 3 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising or a comparable field. Experience in a Division I program is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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