University of Utah Administrative Director in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date

Requisition Number PRN16611B

Job Title Administrative Director

Working Title Senior Director of Advancement

Job Grade I

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.

Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary.

Frequent local travel expected. Travel beyond local area may be required.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00972 - Advancement-Univ Utah Health

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Salary Commensurate with Experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

University of Utah Health seeks a dynamic, collaborative fundraising professional to serve as the Senior Director of Advancement (SDOA) and seek philanthropic support for two comprehensive initiatives focused on cardiovascular health and medical innovations. This important and highly visible position will manage relationships with a portfolio of donors who have the capability of making major to principal gifts in the range of $100,000 to $1 million or more. TheSDOAwill staff and support the divisions of cardiovascular medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and the center for medical innovation, building a robust community of philanthropic support by engaging and involving physician leadership, faculty, administrators, and their care teams. TheSDOAwill articulate and execute an advancement plan focused on best practices including goals and metrics, and well-articulated philanthropic priorities, leading to the procurement of private support of the clinical, research and educational areas. TheSDOAwill create and work with and staff volunteer advisory boards/committees whose members have capacity to make significant contributions to the aligned areas. TheSDOAwill be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these very important patients and their families, as well as alumni, parents, and friends and other benefactors of the University for both outright and planned gifts as well as appropriate corporate and foundation funding sources. TheSDOAworks closely with colleagues in the office of advancement for University of Utah Health, administrators, faculty and others to build and implement effective strategies and collaborative partnerships that will lead to beneficial long-term relationships and significant gift support from these prospective benefactors.


1.Collaborates with the executive director of the center for medical innovation, division chiefs of cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery, and the deputy chief philanthropy officer of University of Utah Health to create the vision for impactful, multi-disciplinary initiatives and establish priorities for fundraising.

2.Develops a strong working knowledge of the center’s and divisions’ research, clinical, and operational priorities.

3.Identifies, qualifies, solicits and stewards gifts. An emphasis will be placed on identifying and soliciting six to seven figure gifts.

4.Plans, implements, and manages a major gift fundraising program to meet the priorities by:

a.Working closely with the division chiefs, executive director, and the deputy chief philanthropy officer to establish major gift and annual fund raising goals based upon assessment of the qualified donor portfolio and the initiatives’ defined priorities;

b.Identifying and evaluating the giving potential of prospects while developing innovative strategies for cultivation and solicitation;

c.Developing in consultation with the chiefs, executive director, and deputy chief philanthropy officer, an annual work plan, a schedule of fundraising goals and proposals to be presented, and planned visits in accordance with institutional standards;

d.Scheduling and arranging on-site and off-site regional meetings and cultivation recognition events such as chair and laboratory dedications, cultivation and stewardship visits to major gift donors and prospects; developing agendas and coordinating the participation of faculty, administration leaders, and volunteers;

e.Personally communicating with and visiting major prospects and donors; working with the director of planned giving to give provide information on specific devices for giving, both current and deferred, to maximize gift and tax benefits;

f.Preparing and directing preparation of leadership, principal and major gift proposals, solicitation letters, cultivation materials and stewardship information for major gift prospects and donors;

g.Identifying, enlisting, motivating, guiding and supporting faculty and volunteers for participation in major gift solicitations;

h.Managing and staffing volunteer advisory boards;

i.Preparing and delivering presentations as they relate to fundraising;

j.Providing education and training to faculty and volunteers about the dynamics of major gift fundraising;

k.Participating in administrative and faculty meetings within the departments and divisions therein, as well as participating in administrative and staff meetings in the office of advancement;

l.Quickly becoming familiar with the history of the cardiovascular initiative, the center for medical innovations, University of Utah Health, and its current strengths and future ambitions.

5.Communicates routinely and effectively with the deputy chief philanthropy officer, chief philanthropy officer, initiative leadership and other senior leaders who are actively involved with pending and/or outstanding solicitations with major benefactors.

6.Submits regular reports to the deputy chief philanthropy officer, the division chairs of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, the executive director of the center for medical innovations, and other institutional leaders as required.

7.Works with division chairs, executive director and staff to ensure endowment reports are completed on time; research any questions related to the reports.

8.May plan, assign and review the work of support staff.

9.Seeks appropriate training opportunities including training necessary for proficiency in the use of gift planning techniques and partners with the director of planned giving to build that program.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area, or equivalency, and seven years of demonstrated successful fundraising experience. Six figure fundraising experience may be required of the hiring department. Advanced skill to meet predetermined goals and objectives through effective program/project planning, organization, execution and evaluation. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Prior fundraising experience in higher education is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


At least seven years of progressively responsible fundraising experience in academic medicine, with a solid track record of closing 6-7 figure gifts.

The intellectual depth, maturity, wisdom, humor and collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of division chairs, faculty, senior advancement leadership, colleagues, and other constituents.

Ability to work within a complex, multi-divisional and multi-departmental environment to establish priorities, set objectives, and achieve stated goals.

Superlative interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of educational and social backgrounds and to demonstrate an honest respect for each individual.

A broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management.

Superior written and oral communication skills; the ability to articulate and translate eloquently, the complex goals, mission and aspirations of the Department of Surgery’s Cardiovascular Initiative and its programs for all audiences; clarity and elegance in writing and speaking.

A strong desire to champion the values of University of Utah Health.

Demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate and steward strong relationships with donors, physicians, patients, alumni and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust while aligning the donor’s passions and goals with the institution.

Knowledge of the fundraising continuum and related principals and policies.

Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising and gift planning vehicles.

Knowledge of physician engagement/grateful patient programs.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.

Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary.

Frequent local travel expected. Travel beyond local area may be required.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.