Assistant Director of Development

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Athletics, Advancement, Mid-Level

About Us:
Boise State University is located along the banks of the Boise River and a short stroll from the state capitol. We are committed to an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that supports student success, and advances Idaho and the world.
Boise State is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Applications from individuals of all backgrounds and identities are welcomed.
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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Assistant Director of Development will focus on providing a first-class philanthropic experience for all donors by leveraging digital and in-person engagement to effectively build relationships based on what truly matters to each individual supporter. This position will support fundraising for Athletics.

Department Overview:

University Advancement is the primary fundraising arm of Boise State University. We work to build relationships and support for the university by developing and nurturing donor-centered relationships and stewarding gifts made in support of Boise State. University Advancement collaborates with the Boise State University Alumni Association, Boise State University Foundation, and the Bronco Athletic Association.

Boise State Advancement Vision and Values


Create the best culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement of any public university in the country.


Collaboration – Engage all stakeholders to the benefit of the university.
Communication – We are clear, concise, and consistent in all forms of communication.
Integrity – We are direct, truthful, and follow through on our commitments.
Inclusion – We proactively reach out to and embrace all stakeholders.
Ownership – We share responsibilities and outcomes.
Continuous Improvement – We never settle and are always looking for ways to improve.
Performance – We plan, execute, measure, and report.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Essential Functions:

95% of the time the Assistant Director of Development will:

  • Actively engage with and build relationships with a portfolio of supporters and prospects.
  • Manage a hand-selected portfolio of approximately 3,000 current and lapsed donors.
  • Leverage technology including the Raise by Gravyty platform, social media platforms and video conferencing software tools to build rapport, steward and solicit donors in an alumni centric, targeted, high-velocity manner.
  • Execute monthly and quarterly touchpoint cadences (averaging 50+ outbound touchpoints per day) across portfolio to ensure consistent and relevant donor communication.
  • Meet and exceed clearly defined activity, donor and revenue retention, and reactivation goals.
  • Be fluent in the “menu” of engagement and philanthropic opportunities across the university (regional alumni events, on campus events, mentorship and volunteer opportunities, crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising priorities) to inform conversations and solicitations.
  • Embrace a “mile-wide and inch-deep” approach to serving as a proactive advisor on resources available to donors across the institution.
  • Build relationships across the University campus to be in a position to connect donors with relevant individuals when applicable.
  • Aid in outreach and follow up for events and activities on behalf of Alumni Relations and Development.
  • Proactively monitor engagement to identify and launch initiatives that drive donations.

5% of the time the Assistant Director of Development will:

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Desire to pursue a career in higher education advancement.
  • High degree of grit and resilience and desire to challenge the status quo.
  • Unceasing “can do” attitude.
  • Experience in higher education fundraising as a student or professional (preferred).
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills across mediums, especially via video conferencing.
  • Strong collaboration and organizational skills, as well as the ability to prioritize effectively.
  • Strong work ethic with a desire to become a leader in the development space.
  • Able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years’ experience or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with fundraising in higher education. 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range starts at $53,000 annually and is commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for the position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment).

This position is open until filled with review of applications starting May 20, 2024.



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