Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Athletic Development/Associate Director of Athletics is responsible for developing and executing fundraising and related strategies that promote awareness and loyalty to Fairfield University Athletics. Funds generated are philanthropic and used for the purpose of ensuring that resources are accessible for student-athletes to thrive in both athletics and academics. Athletic development helps to provide student-athletes and coaches with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and helps to advance the University’s athletic programs. The Director of Athletic Development/Associate Director of Athletics will also assist in coaches’ recruitment efforts, enabling them to bring the best and brightest to Fairfield University.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED:
The ability to think strategically and lead effectively by modeling strong, successful fundraising skills is required. Excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills. Ability to exercise appropriate, mature judgment, display good character and work independently and responsibly. Effective time management skills are essential.
Position requires a team player willing to work and share donor information with all members of the Advancement Division, Director of Athletics and coaches to assist and enhance the Division’s overall development objectives and goals of both areas. Commitment to learning about Fairfield University and ability to become involved as a member of the University community and the Athletic Department is also important.
The Director of Athletic Development/Associate Director of Athletics is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects for athletic teams and associated athletic programs. This position is responsible for developing meaningful and productive relationships in creating and supporting a portfolio of gift donors and prospects, while also partnering with various departments and constituencies on campus.
The Director of Athletic Development/Associate Director of Athletics maintains and grows annual fund support for Athletics and the development, implementation, management, and refinement of programs that engage and encourage participation of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends in supporting Fairfield Athletics.
Working with the Vice President of the Advancement Division and the Director of Athletics, the Director will set annual goals, establish priorities, determine and implement fundraising strategies for a variety of teams and programs. This position has key responsibilities for all athletic donor relations and stewardship activities.
The Director of Athletic Development/Associate Director of Athletics is responsible for supervising the Friends Group Program Manager ensuring that they are engaged with their various groups, that group governance is in place, and proper solicitations are established and achieved. This also involves supervision of the Events and Communications Coordinator who will craft communications and organize events in support of athletic fundraising.
The Director will also:
Act as a responsible and professional public representative of the University at all times at both academic and non-academic University events.
Stay abreast of new programs or contemporary methods in the field of athletic development through membership in professional organizations and through building relationships with professionals in a similar capacity at other institutions.
Participate in the growth and development of the department, promoting an image of efficiency and courtesy throughout the university community and consistent with the department’s mission
Promote safe and secure working conditions. Promoting the proper utilization of equipment and materials, and notifying proper individuals of any unsafe working conditions immediately.
Perform other duties as related or dictated by responsibilities.
Duties may change and/or be added at any time.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.