Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Gifts

Job title: Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Gifts
Organization: The University of Cincinnati Foundation
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

The Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Gifts (Director of Development) is an exempt (salaried) position employed by the University of Cincinnati Foundation (UCF) and reports to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Athletics.

The Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Gifts is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive strategy to promote and optimize philanthropic support for Intercollegiate Athletics from prospects locally, regionally and nationally at the $50,000 and above gift level. This position also has responsibility for managing a major gift donors/prospects portfolio for the purpose of developing leadership giving and supplemental private support to fund capital priorities and endowments for the Department of Athletics.

Specific Duties

  • Responsible for developing a systematic approach to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects, as well as ensuring ongoing relationships with current donors are productive and mutually satisfying.
  • Develop and implement effective action plans and achieve success as evidenced by both increased philanthropic support and a deeper flow of prospects in the major gift pipeline.
  • Serve as a member of the administrative leadership staff in Athletics.
  • Meet standards for managed prospects, contacts, visits and gift revenue generated.
  • Ensure program goals are met and communicate regularly to senior officials within the Department of Athletics and the UC Foundation.
  • Actively participate in UC Foundation-related meetings, professional development, etc., as appropriate to the position and its peer positions at the University.
  • Prepare timely contact reports and ensure the accuracy of monthly reports.
  • Participate fully in the UCF prospect management and clearance process.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years of experience or advanced degree with 3-5 years of experience.
  • Experience should be in development or closely-related field, preferably in college athletics and specific to major gift development.
  • Working knowledge and experience with moves-based development practices.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques associated with major gifts/leadership gifts and planned giving.
  • History of effective experience with high-level donors and prospects, including the skills to articulate campus priorities and solicit the interest of donors/prospects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with internal and external constituencies which includes a proven track record of strong interpersonal communication, listening, relationship-building and closing major gifts.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of Major Gifts team.
  • Proven ability to work collegially with a diverse set of constituents, including donors and alumni, professional financial and legal advisors and UC Foundation colleagues.
  • Proven ability to work with confidential information.
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including extended work during weekend/evening hours. Valid driver’s license required for travel.

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