Duke University Chief Athletics Fundraiser

Dec 14, 2021

DURHAM, NC – Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) has partnered with Duke University to assist in the search for a Chief Athletics Fundraiser.

Position Summary:

The lead development officer for Duke Athletics will oversee and manage the Department’s fundraising strategy creation and execution. The role requires an individual who is an excellent fundraiser as well as an accomplished leader who appreciates the mission and values of Duke University, and can effectively articulate said to mission to donors and prospects in a way that compels to give to the Athletics Department.

The position will report to the Vice President and Director of Athletics and will work collaboratively with the Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Development.  The successful candidate will have experience meeting eight-figure annual fundraising goals and serving as a vital part of capital campaigns. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement annual fund, major gifts and planned giving strategy for Duke University Athletics.
  • Design and pursue growth strategies for existing fundraising channels. As part of senior leadership team, identify new opportunities to expand organizational funding from charitable or earned sources and design, plan and lead successful new fundraising channel initiatives based on well-crafted strategy.
  • Create, implement, manage and assess a comprehensive donor relations plan to support Duke Athletics fundraising efforts including responding to donor concerns and/or requests, gift acknowledgements, program information and stewardship.
  • Build a branding strategy that supports all fundraising efforts.
  • Demonstrate support for, and impacts to the Athletic Department diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategic goals;
  • Serve as member of the Athletics Department Executive Staff, Senior Staff, and Executive Budget Committees;
  • Ensure compliance and institutional control by following all NCAA, Conference, University, and Federal (which includes Title IX) regulations, and embracing the highest standard of integrity and ethical behavior;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President and Director of Athletics.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required and master’s degree preferred;
  • At least 10 years fundraising and development experience in progressively responsible leadership positions with at least 5 years in a senior leadership role overseeing operational and performance outcomes required;
  • Verified track record of meeting or exceeding measurable fundraising goals in a medium to large, fast-paced nonprofit environment;
  • Strong background managing all aspects of fundraising including high net worth individuals, foundation and corporate relations, direct mail and telemarketing;
  • Experience creating budgets and forecasting revenue;
  • Experience in collegiate athletics or professional sports required;
  • Must be willing and able to travel regularly while also working nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.

Professional Assets:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of audiences;
  • Highly creative and entrepreneurial individual who is a strategic thinker and a strong fundraiser with a passion for connecting people with a mission and its programs;
  • Is flexible and provides creative approaches to challenges and opportunities;
  • Understanding of social media technology and how it can be leveraged to communicate with donors, generate revenue, educate the public and broadcast Athletics Department mission;
  • Skills in providing oversight to a development team with track record of developing talent;
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues and operational characteristics of Athletics department in a complex University system and how they collaborate to create a fundraising pipeline;
  • A high standard of professional and ethical conduct, integrity, and accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

Duke University prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Duke prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities.

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