Job Information

University of Utah Assoc Director of Advancement in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/29/2024

Requisition Number PRN37540B

Job Title Assoc Director, Dev/Social Svc

Working Title Assoc Director of Advancement

Job Grade F

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


VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00256 - Surgery Administration

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60,000 - 70,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Department of Surgery at the University of Utah is a nationally ranked academic surgical program that provides high-value patient care, leads in research and innovation, and inspires and educates tomorrow’s leaders in surgery. In addition to providing expert, compassionate clinical care, our surgeons are engaged in scientific inquiry across a broad range of areas, including ground-breaking laboratory research, advanced surgical technology, and health care system innovations designed to guarantee that all our patients have ready access to personalized, compassionate, high-quality surgical care that consistently responds to their individual needs, preferences, and values. Chaired by Fiemu Nwariaku, MD, MBA , FACS , the Department of Surgery is growing our efforts to work with philanthropic partners to support the excellent work happening in the department.

Flexibility: This role has a hybrid (combination of in-person and remote) work environment.

The Associate Director of Advancement ( ADOA ) will have responsibility for raising funds for the Department of Surgery working with and as directed by the Director of Advancement for Surgery. This important and highly visible position will manage relationships with faculty to establish and execute annual giving efforts for the Department in coordination with U of U Health Advancement Annual Giving, and will work with a portfolio of donors who have the capability of making annual leadership, major, and planned gifts. The ADOA will help grow the Department’s major gift pipeline, and an emphasis will be placed on major gift fundraising.

The ADOA reports to the Director of Advancement for Surgery with input from the Department Chair and Administrative Director of Surgery. The ADOA will effectively collaborate with faculty, colleagues, and staff both within the Department of Surgery and across campus.


1. In consultation with the DOA for Surgery and department leadership, the ADOA establishes and executes the annual giving/leadership annual giving strategy. Executes an annual giving plan of solicitations for grateful patients and families, training alumni, friends, and others to include email, some direct mail, digital, social media, and emerging technologies.

2. In consultation with DOA for Surgery, strategically builds and manages a portfolio of leadership annual giving and major gift prospects, including grateful patients and families, training alumni, and others. Works with department faculty to identify and steward grateful patient donors.

3. Solicit major gifts for an impactful, multi-disciplinary initiative, and short- and long-term fundraising goals. This includes personal visits, preparation of proposals, and coordinating the participation of faculty, administration leaders, and volunteers as needed.

4. Develops a strong working knowledge of the Department of Surgery, including initiatives, research, clinical, and operational priorities. Develops strong relationships within Surgery by providing education and training to faculty about the dynamics of grateful patient and major gift fundraising.

5. Communicates routinely and effectively with the DOA for Surgery, senior Advancement leadership, department leadership and other senior leaders who are actively involved with pending and/or outstanding solicitations with major donors. Submits regular reports as required.

6. Exemplifies university advancement’s spirit of collaboration by proactively working with annual giving, legacy giving, advancement services, corporate and foundation team, Department of Surgery marketing team, University of Utah Health’s regional engagement program, the School of Medicine Alumni Relations team, and other university fundraising professionals.

7. The majority of the ADOA’s time is focused on gifts from individuals (including family foundations and donor advised funds); however, the position also may require interaction with corporation and foundation entities including through University Advancement’s centralized proposal process.

8. Leads and engages in special event planning, including the coordination of virtual and hybrid events.

9. Maintains conduct, record keeping (e.g. contact reports), and planning and performace reviews (e.g. annual work plan and fundraising metrics) in accordance with Department of Surgury, University Advancement, and University policy.

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

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

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

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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

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 Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred. This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


· Experience in fundraising in an academic setting.

· Experience in grant or proposal writing.

· Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising and gift planning vehicles.

· Knowledge of physician engagement/grateful patient programs.

· Strong strategic communication, writing, and public presentation abilities.

· Project management skills.

· Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.

· Fundraising, alumni relations, and event planning experience are highly favored.

· 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.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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