The Assistant Athletics Director of Development identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major ($50,000) and principle ($1,000,000+) gift donors. The Assistant Athletics Director will help plan and provide direction on capital project initiatives and endowed scholarship support, manage a caseload of 100-125 highly rated athletic prospects and donors. This position will also assist in the management and sales of all premium seating opportunities for football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors with a focus on prospects/donors capable of making $50,000-$1,000,000 gifts.
Develop engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for former student-athletes.
Responsible for all fundraising activities for assigned sports. Work with coaches and programs to plan and execute fundraising strategy.
Participates in the strategic planning for Division of Athletics as it relates to major gift fundraising. Works with the Associate AD for Development as well as other athletics leadership team members to identify fundraising needs and help establish goals.
Provides direction to execute events designed to increase giving and generate revenue working with specific sports on solicitation appeals.
Other duties as assigned.
Superb interpersonal skills and ability to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of constituencies, excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors and prospects, and to positively represent the University and Foundation.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment.
High level of motivation and assertiveness, as well as an ability to exercise independent judgment.
Knowledge and understanding of priority point systems and concepts and their application as it relates to seating for donors and ticket holders at athletics events.
Ability to work to the demands of the position which may exceed a 40-hour work week.
Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal transportation is required for this position.
Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.
Education and Experience
4+ years of experience in athletic fundraising, ticket sales or higher education development.
Demonstrated ability to personally generate revenue through a fundraising/ticket sales cycle.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and donor management systems.
Knowledge and understanding of a Division I athletics and NCAA rules and regulations.
About UConn Foundation - Athletics
The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt corporation that operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fundraising vehicle for the University, the Foundation's mission is to solicit, receive and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources to support UConn's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service. Private gifts support students, faculty, research and programs at all of UConn's 14 schools and colleges in addition to its world-class research centers and model athletics program.
The Foundation’s mission statement is: Strengthening UConn One Relationship at a Time.
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