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Director of Development for Athletics

College Sports

Location: Boone, NC
Job Status: Full Time
Posted/Updated: 04-20-2017

Job Description:


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. (Range - $40,000 - $65,000)


Bachelor’s degree from four-year accredited college or university required. Minimum three to five years’ experience in fundraising or a closely related/comparable field. Defined success in sales, philanthropic fundraising and project management. Preferred: Master’s degree.

Experienced relationship builder with excellence communication skills-and the ability to be responsive, resourceful and relationship-oriented. Background in higher education and athletic department operations. Knowledge of computer systems for prospect, donor, and ticketing management. Ability to work evenings and weekends with willingness to travel.

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills to relate to and establish relationships with donors, volunteers and colleagues. Self-motivated with ability to set strategic goals while implementing fundraising principles and tactics. Understanding of donor/constituent database systems and the ability to analyze data, extract conclusions, and use findings to implement plans.


The Director of Development for Athletics will be responsible for the major gift and annual solicitation of donors and prospects to grow financial support for Appalachian State athletics. The position will be expected to maintain a prospect pool, generate new leads and charged with soliciting commitments in excess of $25,000. The primary focus will be to engage constituent members and prospects with face-to-face meetings, group settings and events. This position works closely with athletic development staff, ticket office and coaches.

Essential Duties: Fundraising and philanthropic efforts to include

• Reach defined fundraising goals in dollars and members as set by senior level administration

• Solicitation of constituents for major gifts and benefit fulfillment to active donors and prospects

• Work off assigned prospect list to evaluate, cultivate, solicit and steward donor

• Use data and prospecting tools to find new constituents interested in Appalachian State athletics

• Add value to overarching athletic development unit to successfully reach and grow financial and membership goals on annual basis

• Game day responsibilities and coordination

• Donor/Prospect management reports

• Athletic Development strategic planning support

• Cultivate leadership donors / prospects and solicit their support

• Work with sport programs and head coaches to ensure annual fundraising initiatives are successful


Candidates must fill out an application. A cover letter and resume are required and can be attached to the application. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Appalachian Athletics promotes an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and equitable career opportunities for coaches, administrators and support staff from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Troy Heustess. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.


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