University of Colorado Boulder — Discovery Officer, Parent Giving

The Parent Giving and Boulder Advancement Programs (PG/BAP) team for the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Discovery Officer. The ideal candidate will help grow overall engagement and fundraising results through teamwork, creativity, problem-solving and leadership annual giving solicitations. The Discovery Officer collaborates with the PG/BAP team to help identify prospective major gift donors to more deeply engage, cultivate and solicit philanthropic support for the University. The Discovery Officer will also hold a portfolio of Colorado-based leadership annual giving donors and prospective donors from which they will qualify, cultivate and solicit support.

This entry-level fundraising position is an ideal role in which to learn and refine the important foundational skills vital in becoming a major gift officer. The Discovery Officer reports to the Senior Director of Development.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are:

The Office of Advancement ignites the power of philanthropy among our constituents to fuel the mission of the University of Colorado Boulder. Donors contribute more than $150 million annually to our world-class students, faculty, and programs. The PG/BAP team engages and generates philanthropic support from parents, alumni and friends that benefit our schools, colleges and programs, including Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Financial Aid and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be:

Team leader around discovery and outreach

  1. Builds on and refines systems and processes to support four Development Officers’ (DOs) work to qualify and cultivate a large base of donors and prospective donors.
  2. On behalf of Development Officers, thoughtfully communicates with and acts as point of contact for large base of out-of-state, high-capacity parents and donors.
  3. Aid in Development Officer work to engage parents, alumni and friends in major metropolitan markets outside Colorado through digital and personal outreach. Schedule face-to-face and digital donor meetings for DOs. Manage details around meetings with the highest attention to detail.
  4. Use technical and analytical skills and evaluate large sets of data and support DOs with donor research.

Frontline fundraiser

  1. Maintain portfolio of approximately 50-80 donors and prospective donors to achieve individual goals, including personal visits, gift solicitations, and stage moves, to be set with and approved by supervisor.
  2. Travel across the Front Range to qualify, identify, cultivate and solicit existing and new relationships with parents and donors capable of making gifts annually of $2,500 – $100,000.
  3. Works closely with PG/BAP senior leadership to develop and implement fundraising strategies to meet established goals and objectives around fundraising priorities.
  4. Facilitates positive relationships among donors and CU Boulder advancement staff, campus leadership, and faculty, to close gifts.


  1. Timely completion of work across both essential functions.
  2. Tracks and analyzes short- and long-term trends in data to inform strategic decisions.
  3. Fully documents prospect strategies, contact reports, gift solicitations and stewardship reports within donor database.
  4. Represents the PG/BAP team at events to support the University and cultivate donors.
  5. Supports stewardship and cultivation of donors through personalized outreach, especially around Parent Leadership Society and other annual events.

What You Should Know:

We currently offer a flexible schedule with weekly remote and in-office work.

Will travel monthly throughout Front Range.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer:

The salary range is $45,000- $50,000 annually.

Relocation assistance is available.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

What We Require:

Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of education and experience may substitute.
A basic knowledge of fundraising techniques. Fundraising experience via internships or volunteer work accepted.

To apply, please visit our job website at:

Please apply by January 24, 2022 for consideration.