Job Information

University of Utah Director, Fundraising in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/13/2022

Requisition Number PRN32236B

Job Title Director, Development

Working Title Director, Fundraising

Job Grade H

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 Academic Affairs

Department 01691 - Sorenson Impact Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $110,000 to $140,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary


At the Sorenson Impact Center ( , we envision a thriving world where all people are valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of actions guides decision making. Housed at theUniversity of Utah David Eccles School of Business ( , we advance global impact through innovation in impact investing and finance, public policy and spending, and corporate and social sector behavior. We utilize world-class data science and impact storytelling as key tools in this global effort. As part of its mission to train future impact leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas including in the operations of our own impact investing practice and fund, and in the management of an outside fund. In addition, the Center hosts one of the largest and most recognized convenings and collaboration opportunities in the impact space, the annual Sorenson Impact Summit.

Who We Are:

  • Our vision: We envision a thriving world where all people are valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides our decision making.
  • Our mission : We change the world by helping others integrate measurable impact into decision making and by training future social impact leaders.
  • Our strategy:

  • We help integrate data-driven impact into decisions of (1) capital allocation, (2) public policy & spending, and (3) corporate & social sector behavior.

  • We catalyze impact by innovating, collaborating, educating, advocating, demonstrating, and inspiring change.

About the successful candidate:

The successful candidate will bring 7+ years of experience working closely with senior leadership, including an ED/ CEO , on program-aligned and outcomes-oriented fundraising and stakeholder engagement.

As a person you are:

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about social entrepreneurship, impact investing and philanthropy.
  • An entrepreneurial and results-oriented fundraiser: you bring an appetite for risk-taking combined with a track record of revenue generation in a fast-paced environment.
  • A collaborative leader and manager: you work effectively within teams as well as independently, and have successfully managed direct reports to clear outcomes.
  • A thoughtful and persuasive communicator: you bring strong written and conversational skills, and can convey the Sorenson impact Center’s unique value-add to the ecosystem in compelling ways.
  • A values-driven team player: you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and your approach aligns with the Sorenson Impact Center’s values and norms.

As a professional you have:

  • A successful track record of fundraising in the social impact/impact investing/venture philanthropy space.
  • Established institutional, individual, and corporate foundation network and willingness to engage new potential donors.
  • Effectively communication skills via presentations, conversations, and documents.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving and solicitation.
  • Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Effective training skills.

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants including those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, speak English as a second language and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop a coordinated fundraising strategy, team structure, and annual plan for long-term growth and expansion in collaboration with the COO and senior leadership.
  • Establish and oversee the Development team in collaboration with the COO that aligns and integrates well with existing fundraising teams and activities at the University of Utah.
  • Identify and cultivate strategic funding partnerships with a diverse array of revenue partners, including institutional and family foundations, corporate and individual donors, and government agencies.
  • Build and support a network of strategic partners, including community foundations, family foundations, philanthropic advisors, and wealth managers.

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 Administration, or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Masters degree in Business Administration, or related area preferred.


  • Demonstrated experience working in the impact sector.
  • Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Self-motivated worker capable of being productive when working independently.
  • Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.

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)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.