Executive, Executive - Associate Athletics Director
4 Year Degree
Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.
The Assistant Athletic Director – Development, reporting to the Director of Athletics, will serve as a gift officer for Northern Kentucky University’s intercollegiate athletics program. Develop and implement a vital and comprehensive fund raising program with the primary purpose of generating community, corporate, and alumni support as well as private funding for the identified priorities of the athletic department and the University in association with the Director of Athletics.
Responsibilities include prospect identification, planning and solicitation of annual and capital campaign gifts of $25,000+, and stewardship of endowed scholarship donors. Person will also assist with planning and coordination of special events. Additionally help manage the volunteers associated with the Go Norse Fund Board of Directors. Compliance with NCAA rules is of the utmost importance at Northern Kentucky University.
As a member of the athletics department staff it is expected that the Assistant Athletic Director – Development will have a full understanding of the NCAA rules that pertain to the position. It is also expected that the Assistant Athletic Director – Development will comply with all NCAA rules and if he/she becomes aware, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a violation of a rule has occurred he/she will immediately report it to the Director of Athletics or his/her designee.
Regular Duties Performed Daily or Almost Daily:
1. Coordination of capital and annual campaign fund raising efforts from planning through implementation.
2. Direct all cultivation, stewardship and solicitation strategies for private support from donors and prospects. Engage in personal solicitation of annual, planned, special, and major gifts for athletic department priorities as well as other campus initiatives when appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with members of the University Development staff. Work closely with development, advancement services and alumni staffs in all matters pertaining to athletic department development activities and priorities.
4. Develop annual athletics fund raising goals, objectives and athletic department private fund raising priorities in cooperation with the Director of Athletics. Design and implement strategies to achieve the identified goals and objectives.
5. Identify, research, and write individualized proposals or grants for solicitation and stewardship activities regarding gift donors for annual, capital, and endowment gifts for the athletics programs in coordination with University Development staff.
6. Schedule and coordinate prospect and donor visits monthly. Review the Director of Athletics visitation schedule to ensure adequate preparation for each visit.
7. Serve as an ambassador to solicit support for the NKU Athletics Department and University projects and priorities. Discover, cultivate and solicit corporate and community membership in the Go Norse Fund and other department initiatives.
8. Attending University Development and major gift meetings to share relevant information and gather information related to other fundraising priorities on campus.
9. Communicate to the Director of Athletics and Assistant Vice President for Development through oral and written reports on the progress of fundraising priorities and pertinent donor information.
10. Assist in special usage of luxury suites on a game-by-game basis.
11. Manage and communicate with the GO NORSE FUND Board of Directors.
12. Recruit, cultivate, develop and maintain volunteer base of the Go Norse Fund, including personal contact and mailings to carry out overall fund raising efforts.
13. Expected to successfully collaborate with a number of on-campus entities working on behalf of athletics (i.e. Marketing/Communications, Printing Services, Advancement Services, Alumni Association, Procurement Services, etc.)
14. Be familiar with the Raiser’s Edge fundraising software and help maintain Go Norse Fund and athletic donor database and records.
15. Manage Athletics Development budget and monitor expenses accordingly.
16. Coordinate the forwarding of checks and cash to the University Development office for accurate reporting of all financial records.
17. Update Raiser’s Edge software on a consistent and timely basis regarding activities related to donor interaction.
18. Provide a positive and professional presence in the community.
19. Supervise the Assistant Director of Development.
20. Serve as Sport Supervisor as determined by the Director of Athletics.
Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related experience.
Experience with comprehensive fundraising campaign.
A strong track record of previous successful gift solicitations of $25,000+ in higher education is preferred.
A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows application is required and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
Display positive public relations and promotional skills
Show good organizational skills
Display good communication and use tact
Be creative and use perseverance
Display a high sense of integrity and professionalism
Have good attendance and be prompt
Display a sense of contentment and enjoyment
About Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the BB&T Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building.
The 2016-17 academic year marked the first season NKU was eligible for participation in NCAA Championships after reclassifying to Division I. The Norse qualified for th...e NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2016-17. The Men's Basketball team won the 2017-18 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the post-season NIT. The Men's Basketball team won the 2018-19 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.