Development Director (PRN25856B)


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.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN25856B - 00012 - Honors Program

COMPENSATION: $60,700-$75,000/year

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time, Monday – Friday 8 -5 with some evening/weekend commitments with advance notice.


• 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.

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.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Specific details

Organization University of Utah
Contact Person Danielle Baum
Phone 8015812169
Closing Date ---
Salary Range $60,700-$75,000