University of Denver — Director of Development, Joseph & Loretta Law Institute of Arts & Technology – DU Advancement

Job Description
The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

The Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology is a new endeavor, made possible by the transformational philanthropy of Dr. Dennis Law and Loretta Law, to make Denver the home of artistic creation that spans and incorporates global cultures and genres, further cementing the University as a global cultural center in a fast-growing city with a thriving arts scene. An educational and research center, the Institute provides collaborative and creative opportunities for faculty and students to convene with artists, scientists and experts from around the world to create sounds, design paradigms and artistic expression rooted in a diverse global fusion of cultures, expertise and experiences. By making the most recent breakthroughs in artistic technology accessible to students and the public through seminars, workshops, visiting fellows and scholars, performances and education, the Institute enhances the University’s exploration of artistic creation at the forefront of digital innovation.

Position Summary
The University of Denver is seeking an experienced, driven, and passionate fundraiser to join our Advancement team as the Director of Development serving the Law Institute of Arts and Technology. Philanthropic investment in the Law Institute of Arts and Technology, beyond the core operational support provided by Dr. Dennis Law, will help create and fund experiences unique to the Institute that will fulfill its mission and expand its reach into the DU and Denver communities. This is a unique opportunity for a talented fundraising professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Vice Chancellor Armin Afsahi.

Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development within DU Advancement and partnering closely with the leadership of the Law Institute, the Director of Development is a key fundraising professional for the University of Denver. S/he will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects while also partnering with a campus-wide network of academic leaders, fundraising professionals, and other key partners to advance the University’s top priorities, as expressed in DU IMPACT 2025. The Director of Development will develop and mature his/her assigned portfolio of major gift donors, as well as other resource development partners including foundations, corporations and agencies. This will include managing top prospects in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development and the Executive Director of the Law Institute. Additionally, the Director of Development will collaborate with Advancement leadership and senior university administrators to determine and implement institutional fundraising priorities, establish short- and long-term strategies, and
monitor progress toward goals. The campus-wide Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and the Director will be expected to build and foster extensive value-added relationships with his/her campus partners.

Essential Functions


  • The Director will develop meaningful and productive relationships with a portfolio of major and principal gift donors including alumni, friends and parents.
  • The Director will define additional resource development opportunities inclusive of foundations, corporate partners, agencies and craft multi-dimensional gift and sponsorship opportunities in support of the Institute.
  • This position is responsible for engaging philanthropic support for the priorities of the Law Institute of Art and Technology at DU, and s/he will work primarily with major, principal, planned gift donors, and other constituencies assigned to his/her portfolio.
  • Collaborate with other development professionals across campus to effectively design and execute gift strategies.


  • In partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development, establish fundraising priorities based on the strategic vision for the Law Institute. Help educate colleagues and peers across campus on those priorities.
  • Engage in the advancement goal-setting process for Law Institute fundraising, engagement and stewardship metrics.
  • Effectively and responsibly steward budgetary and other resources to advance the Law Institute and the University of Denver.
  • Support the priorities and objectives of the Executive and Advisory boards of the Institute, and advise on the short- and long-term financial sustainability of the Institute.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions, and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
  • Model “One DU” leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to close major gifts in a relationship-based culture. Alternatively, demonstrated ability to solicit, steward, and close business deals at the same level.
  • Demonstrated ability to craft creative resource and revenue opportunities through business development, licensing royalties, revenue generation and other vehicles.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and units, in a variety of capacities.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time effectively.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and University Officials.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
    3-5 years of paid fundraising (or mix of fundraising and business development experience).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide fundraising strategy and support to academic/organizational leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure major gifts by strategically managing a portfolio and fostering meaningful relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working in college-based or department-specific development role.
  • Awareness of multicultural arts and artistic technologies.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.