The Assoc. / Asst. AD for Athletic Development is the officer primarily responsible for all fundraising activities associated with Athletics at the University and reports directly and solely to the Director of Athletics. Principal responsibilities are 1) devise strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual fund and major gift prospects for the support of the Athletic programs; 2) implement approved Athletic plans in coordination with other elements of the University’s comprehensive fundraising program; 3) lead all fundraising activities of the Athletic support organization: the Catamount Club; 4) serve on the Director of Athletics Senior Staff; and 5) undertake other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
In addition, the successful applicant will serve as a liaison with the Division of Advancement, the university’s central development function. In that role, the Assoc. / Asst. AD will: 1) communicate and collaborate, in conjunction with the Athletics Director, with the vice chancellor and central development staff, as appropriate, on Athletics fundraising activities and stewardship efforts (annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, corporate gifts, etc.); 2) appoint, in conjunction with the Athletics Director and central development staff, Athletics staff liaisons to serve the WCU Foundation Board and the WCU Board of Visitors; and 3) be an ambassador of the university and its mission.
The Assoc. / Asst. AD for Athletic Development will be an accomplished fundraising professional who understands the nature and purpose of higher education, and the role intercollegiate athletics plays in this realm. The Assoc. / Asst. AD for Athletic Development will have 1) extensive history of successful fundraising experience within intercollegiate athletics, preferably at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level; 2) strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills; 3) previous history of working effectively with senior management personnel, professional colleagues, and prospects in a team-orientated environment; 4) a high energy level and commitment to professional responsibilities, unquestioned integrity and fiscal accountability, and the ability to plan and achieve short- and long-range fundraising goals; 5) proven track record of identifying, hiring, training, and maintaining a staff consummate with mid-major Division I programs and salaries offered therein; 6) exceptional oral and written communication skills.