Job Information

University of Utah Development Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/02/2023

Requisition Number PRN34040B

Job Title Development Specialist

Working Title Development Specialist

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

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 00274 - College of Pharmacy

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31600 to 52000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Assists in organizing and implementing fundraising campaigns and special development projects for the College of Pharmacy. Identify, cultivate, and steward alumni and donors for gifts. Organize the Alumni Association and provide staff support for the Alumni Board and events.

Reporting to the Director of Development at the College of Pharmacy, the Development & Alumni Relations Specialist position will be an integral member of the Development team. This team works directly with the University of Utah Health Advancement, University Advancement and the Office of Alumni Relations to serve and collaborate with the various university partners.


• Assists with development activities for the College of Pharmacy, including cultivating alumni, donors and prospective donors, soliciting gifts, and assuring appropriate acknowledgement of all contributions.

• Organizes the Alumni Association and provides staff support for the Alumni Board.

• Coordinates events of the Alumni Board and promotes alumni participation both in Utah and out of state • Travel required 2-3 times a year.

• Oversees the annual White Coat campaign, Giving Tuesday, and University Day of Giving campaigns.

• Solicit and close gifts from the $1 to $1,000 range.

• Encourages student engagement at all college activities.

• Follows up with donors through annual fund and phonathon campaigns.

• Runs monthly giving report.

• Maintains written communication with donors and alumni through thank you notes, email, and alumni newsletter.

• Maintains the College of Pharmacy alumni list updates and pharmacy group.

• Tracks the graduating classes for job placement and helps in preparing the report to ACPE .

• Assists with design and implementation of new ideas and development campaigns.

• Organizes and assists with the solicitation strategies of donors.

• Oversees campaign activities such as special events, communications, personal associations, and membership in community organizations.

• Prepares proposals by performing research, meeting with potential donors, corporations or foundations.

• Coordinates volunteer services and acts as a liaison with volunteer advisory boards, department administrators, donors, university development office, and community organizations.

• Maintains a database and file of all donor transactions and related development information.

• Collaborate with campus partners to provide alumni/donors the best experience that exemplifies a One U strategy.

• Coordinates publicity for development events by determining the most effective advertising medium and approach. Prepares public service announcements, interviews, and other media and press releases in collaboration with the Specialty Media Coordinator and Public Affairs in the HSC .

• Plans or assists with planning receptions, press releases, and other forms of recognition. Works with other units (e.g. Specialty Media Coordinator, HSC Public Affairs) as necessary to accomplish.

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 Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalency; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience which includes fundraising, grant and publication writing, planning and implementing special events and programs and a successful track record in raising donations is preferred.


2-3 years’ coordinator-related experience managing, overseeing, and tracking complex programs and/or grant proposals preferred. Must be able to work independently as well as effectively with diverse groups. Must possess strong communication, coordination, and organizational skills to prioritize the work objectives and goals for multiple teams, deadlines, processes, and programs. Experience in grant or proposal writing and a background working with local print and electronic media is preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.

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