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The University of La Verne is a 124-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 11 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.
The primary function of the Assistant Development Director for Athletics will be to identify, cultivate, solicit and secure philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations for the University of La Verne’s Athletics Department. Reporting to the University’s Director, Leadership and Annual Giving, and with the Director’s review and assistance, the Assistant Director of Development will design, implement, and manage a comprehensive fundraising program for Athletics that will include an annual fund as well as fundraising programs for individuals, private foundations, and corporations.
The Assistant Director of Development will be a mission-driven individual responsible for achieving annual and campaign fundraising goals by working with the Director, Leadership and Annual Giving to develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive fundraising program for the Department of Athletics.
Reporting to the Director, Leadership and Annual Giving, and with the Director’s review and assistance, the incumbent will set annual and campaign fundraising goals. The incumbent will secure annual and leadership gift commitments by: 1) designing an annual fund campaign for the Department of Athletics; 2) maintaining a portfolio of at least 120 prospects (individuals, corporations, and foundations) capable of donating between $1,200 to $25K or more; and 3) conducting 10 – 15 personal visits per month with prospective donors (for a minimum of 120 visits annually).
In collaboration with the Assistant Vice President, Major and Annual Gifts; Director, Leadership and Annual Giving; campaign counsel; and others, the incumbent will formulate, define and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship opportunities; identify and engage current volunteers; continually identify new prospective donors and volunteers; and facilitate appropriate relationships between current and prospective major donors and the university president, and the Department of Athletics’ administrators, faculty, and staff.
The incumbent will work closely with the Athletic Director, coaches, trainers, and administrators of the Department of Athletics to design, implement, and manage the fundraising plan for their priority programs.
The incumbent will acquire and maintain a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the University’s and the Department’s mission, goals, and current academic programs.
Complete other assignments as directed by University Advancement.
A bachelor’s degree.
The successful candidate must have one to three years fundraising experience and proven success in designing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive fundraising plan, preferably in a higher education setting. He/she should be able to demonstrate successful experience and effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.
The successful candidate must have extensive familiarity with college/university athletics.
A master’s degree.
The successful candidate should demonstrate commitment to the University’s core values of Ethical Reasoning, Service to Community, Lifelong Learning, and Diversity and Inclusivity.
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.
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