Coordinator, Annual Giving

Posted on 09/12/2023

University of Denver

Denver, CO

About the University of Denver

The University of Denver (DU), a private university, is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 12,900 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as an R1: Doctoral University – very high research activity as a Doctoral/Research University. Financial Times Higher Education, U.S. News, and The Princeton Review have consistently ranked DU among the nation’s top 100 universities and among the top three universities in the state of Colorado.

The University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that define our region and our history. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world.

About DU Advancement

In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in the University’s history, the University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence and innovation of our great institution. Inclusive of alumni relations, development, and student and alumni career services, DU Advancement is building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our bold vision.

The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking a talented professional to join our Advancement team as the Annual Giving Coordinator. The Annual Giving Coordinator is a part of the Development team within DU Advancement. Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Annual Giving, this position assists with building a culture of philanthropy and generosity among University of Denver students, faculty, staff, recent graduates, and alumni. This employee must be a passionate ambassador for the University of Denver who is able to innovate in the field of constituent engagement and philanthropy.

Essential Functions

This role is primarily responsible for working in collaboration with the Associate Director of Annual Giving and other members of the Annual Giving team to direct, manage, execute, and evaluate all student philanthropy and recent graduate giving initiatives and to support all special and signature campaigns staged by the Annual Giving team. Specifically:

  • Serve as Associate Director of Annual Giving’s point person for all existing and new solicitation campaigns by providing channel research as well as logistical planning. This includes working with individuals and teams university-wide to facilitate logistics including but not limited to: campaign appropriate online giving tools, web resources, fund designation confirmation, appeal code requests, copyediting, creative proofing, vendor bidding, monthly reporting and data analysis, data hygiene, etc. There are at least six signature campaigns throughout the fiscal year that require this work.
  • Serve as supervisor of the DU Student Foundation (DUSF). Provide institutional support and guidance to two paid student employees, including but not limited to: strategic planning, event coordination, curation of educational experiences, timekeeping, and mentorship.
  • Support Annual Giving strategy and project integration within the Crimson Call Center. This includes regular communication of emerging solicitation campaigns in other channels, facilitating content/copy/targeting.
  • Manage intake and maintenance of all new and existing text-to-give codes and crowdfunding project requests and maintaining the team information hub.
  • Provide fundraising/stewardship training services to campus partners across the institution to help raise funds from the campus community for University causes.
  • In collaboration with Donor Relations and the DU Student Foundation, develop and execute effective strategies for donor relations and stewardship programs to thank students, faculty, staff and recent graduates for their support as well as educate them regarding the importance of long-term giving and the impact of alumni support.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to think strategically, work well under pressure, and effectively manage details of several concurrent projects
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances and a commitment to continuous learning
  • Working knowledge of development and engagement principals
  • Outstanding attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal, written and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • High level of customer service skills
  • Adept at problem-solving, critical thinking, and using judgment in situations that require sensitivity and tact
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with academic leaders, development staff, and students

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification)
  • 2 years of prior fundraising experience, which could include community organizing or campaign roles

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education or similarly complex non-profit environment
  • Hands-on experience with student campaigns, crowdfunding, time-limited campaigns, or peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Experience working with volunteer boards or committees
  • Event planning and logistics experience
  • Experience in student and/or young alumni programming
  • Annual giving experience and/or marketing experience

Working Environment

  • Standard open office environment
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate
  • Some nights and weekends required for events
  • Eligible for hybrid work

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs with assistance

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends as required

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 2, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 7.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $20.43 – $25.50

The University of Denver 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 University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. 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, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers’ Rights (“POWR”) Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver’s Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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