The Assistant Director of Development for Athletics will cultivate, solicit, and steward donors in assigned portfolio. Coordinate and help execute events designed to enhance giving and generate revenue, work with specific sports on solicitation appeals and have a firm understanding of the priority points system and how to leverage it to enhance donations.
•Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors with an emphasis on leadership giving levels. Portfolio will include a caseload of 50 with annual giving between $5K and $25K. •Generates marketing collateral for special events, take the lead on all athletic fundraising events to help procure sponsorships (golf tournaments, dinners, auctions, and special events). Work with specific teams and coaches on engagement and solicitation strategies for special projects and needs. •Liaise with Marketing & Communications to coordinate social media and video strategies for the Division of Athletics. •Be an active member of the greater UConn Community and participate at various civic levels to promote UConn Athletics (expected but not limited to: Rotary Clubs, Elks, Lions, Business after Hours groups, Great Hartford Alliance, etc.) •Assist the Director of the Husky Athletic Fund with developing a Division of Athletics staff giving campaign in conjunction with the Foundation’s Close to Home Campaign. •Collaborate with Foundation colleagues to generate new opportunities for athletic donor acquisition. •Other duties as assigned.
Superb interpersonal skills and ability to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of constituencies; excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors and prospects, and to positively represent the University and Foundation
Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work to the demands of the position which may exceed a 40-hour work week.
High level of motivation and assertiveness, as well as an ability to exercise independent judgment.
Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal transportation is required for this position.
Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred in Sports Management or related field.
1-3 years’ experience in athletic fundraising, educational fundraising, or related field.
Knowledge and understanding of priority point systems and concepts and their application as it relates to seating for donors and ticket holders at athletics events preferred.
Knowledge and understanding of a Division I athletics and NCAA rules and regulations.
Proven proficiency in use of computers and information management tools including social media marketing.
About The UConn Foundation Inc.
The mission of The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. (EIN 06-6070722) is to solicit, receive, invest and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources for the benefit of all campuses and programs of the University of Connecticut. The Foundation operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, research and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fund-raising vehicle to solicit and administer private gifts and grants to enhance the University's mission, the Foundation supports the University's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service.