Associate Director of Development, Albers School of Business and Economics

Seattle University

Associate Director of Development, Albers School of Business & Economics

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Employment Status: Full-Time

Work Model: Hybrid Available

Seattle University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live and work at Seattle University.

Position Description

The University Advancement Office is committed to creating an anti-racist environment that addresses and works to eliminate inequities and all forms of oppression, while celebrating different cultures.

The Albers School of Business and Economics (Albers School) is recognized as one of the premier business schools in the Northwest. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country. For over 70 years, the Albers School has championed the responsibility of business to create a better society. Students are taught to be leaders who are committed to making a difference above and beyond the bottom line.

Position Description:

The Associate Director for Development is responsible for supporting philanthropic giving and alumni cultivation for the Albers School that aligns with Seattle University’s Reigniting Strategic Directions. The Associate Director for Development reports to the Director of Development for the Albers School and works closely with other University Advancement (UA) colleagues and campus partners including Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Gift Planning, other development officers, leaders in specific colleges and schools, and key faculty and staff.

Position Summary:

The Associate Director for Development works closely with the Albers School Director of Development, Dean, and other colleagues to identify, cultivate, and solicit potential and current leadership annual donor gifts up to $25,000 as well as major gifts above $25,000. The Associate Director for Development will oversee the annual giving program, stewardship of donors, strategic alumni events, and donor and alumni communication.

Job Functions:

Donor Relations (70%)
The Associate Director identifies, cultivates, and solicits leadership annual gifts and major gifts, while actively stewarding all portfolio prospects through proposal development stages in conformity with the university’s prospect management protocol.

• Build, manage, and engage a donor portfolio for current and future solicitations. Prioritize personal visits with identified prospects. Establishes fundraising goals and reports on progress.
• Make qualification face-to-face visits beyond those in the portfolios (discovery).
• Support the Albers School advisory boards with giving and solicitation requirements. Ensure advisory board members are invited to key events and receive annual solicitations. Attend each advisory board meeting once annually to discuss philanthropy.
• Arrange and lead visits for donors and prospects with key Albers School partners, including alumni, industry stakeholders, foundations, and corporations.
• Collaborates with UA annual giving staff regarding Albers School annual giving efforts such as SU Gives and direct mail.
• Responsible for securing matchings and other incentives to amplify giving.
• Ensures annual donor impact reporting is correct and timely for endowed and recurring gifts.
• Ensures timely and appropriate acknowledgement for all gifts, verifies that gifts are properly recorded in the appropriate fund and are documented in the university’s gift processing database.

Alumni Relations and Strategic Events (20%)
The Associate Director will lead broad-based alumni cultivation efforts for the Albers School initiatives, ensuring that donors have a positive giving experience and engaging them in Albers School and other university events.

• Coordinate with the Albers School Director of Development and UA Events & Stewardship team to plan donor cultivation and stewardship events, including developing invitations, programming, logistics, and briefs as appropriate.
• Strategically invite and host guests at program-specific or university-wide events as it fits with the strategic plan for potential donors or alumni.
• Partner with Albers School and Seattle University Marketing and Communications and UA Marcom to produce published written materials and online content that engage donors, prospects, and alumni in the work of the Albers School.
• Ensure that all events and alumni relations activities are within established budget goals and meet best practices and university policies for events. Ensure tracking for all event activities are properly recorded in donor database (Raiser’s Edge).
• Ensure Albers School volunteers (like mentors) are tracked in donor database (Raiser’s Edge).

Donor and Alumni Communication (5%)

• Coordinate with Director of Development, Albers School Director of Marketing and Communications, Dean, faculty, and staff to ensure regular donor and alumni communication meets deadlines and goals. Recurring current communication includes Albers Brief, Dean Spam (dean newsletter), and alumni newsletters.
• Submit social media content related to giving to the Albers School marketing team.
• Work with Albers marketing team to update Albers giving pages on a regular basis.

Other Duties (5%)

• Recruit, train, monitor and manage student workers who work for the Albers School advancement team.
• Attend trainings and meetings for University Advancement as well as for the Albers School, as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development, the Dean of the Albers School and the AVP for Development supporting university/college advancement.


Experience and Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of annual giving, or individual gift fundraising experience in higher education or a comparably complex organization with an emphasis on cultivating and soliciting gifts.
• Excellent interpersonal communication and writing.
• Excellent project management or event planning skills.
• Proficiency with Windows, Word and Excel; willingness to learn the university’s Raiser’s Edge database system.
• Ability to travel occasionally and to attend evening/weekend events as required.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision and values.

Preferred Qualifications

• The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in individual gift fundraising with an emphasis on individual donor cultivation and solicitation experience.
• Experience with corporate relations is a plus.
• We seek a results-oriented, innovative, collaborative individual with the ability to organize multiple priorities concurrently.
• Candidates’ initiative and attitude are in alignment with the mission of the university and the Albers School.
• Able to work independently and as a member of a team.

University Advancement is committed to developing an equitable and inclusive culture that fosters a sense of belonging for all.

Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter with your resume when applying. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.

Compensation at a Glance:

Salary Range: $75,000 – $82,000

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate’s gender or any other protected status.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance:

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave.For more information explore the Benefits website at:

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