Development Director


Job Summary

The Honors College seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and energetic development professional to build a strong base of college supporters (individuals, corporations, and foundations) and work with the Dean, faculty, and staff as well as the Advancement Office to identify philanthropic needs and increase external support for the College mission. This position reports dually to the Dean and the Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Campus.

As a part of the University of Utah, University Advancement and the Honors College are deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ). We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement programs employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.



•Work with the Dean and faculty to develop short and long-term fundraising goals for the college and to develop case- and project-

statements that may be used in grant proposals and solicitations;

•Develop and execute a plan for the annual fund, focusing on alumnae of the college;

•Identify, cultivate, and solicit individual and major gifts, with a strategic focus on building a donor pipeline from the pool of annual,

leadership, and parent donors;

•Support the Dean with solicitation strategies;

•Write major gift and grant proposals for individual, corporate, and foundation solicitations;

•Develop and manage a comprehensive donor stewardship program that includes acknowledgment, recognition, report writing (including

endowment reports), and overseeing an annual calendar of stewardship and recognition events;

•With the Dean, coordinate the work of the National Honors Advisory Board;

•Establish a planned giving program for the College;

•Coordinate college philanthropy with the University’s Advancement Office with respect to prospect management, research, gift

agreements, gift processing, planned giving, annual fund, etc., working closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Campus;

•Coordinate with the College’s Administrative Assistant on development projects (e.g., provide directions for help organizing events,

maintain College development files, run development-related reports, write and print acknowledgment letters).

•Partner with the College’s Marketing and Communications Specialist to ensure the College’s philanthropy needs are met;

•Ensure gifts are reconciled between the College, Advancement, and Director of Finance;

•Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Public Relations, English, or a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Five years experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, business, public relations, annual, corporate or foundation giving which includes two years of budgeting and supervisory experience. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing, public speaking, a background working with print and/or electronic media, an understanding of university fundraising practices and personnel management is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Specific details

Organization University of Utah Honors College
Contact Person Cindy Braegger
Phone 801.587.8909
Closing Date ---
Salary Range $60,700 - $75,000