Assistant or Associate Director, Development

locationReno, NV, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/10/2024
ExpiresExpires: 8/9/2024
Fundraising and Sales
Full Time
2 - 4 Years

Assistant or Associate Director, Development 

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) University Advancement (UA) is seeking a dynamic professional to join our team as an Assistant or Associate Director, Development for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med). The main function of the position(s) is to solicit major gifts (defined as $10,000 and above) payable over five years in support of University of Nevada, Reno college/school/unit/programs and/or projects including, but not limited to, scholarship(s), programs, projects (capital annual and others), endowments, planned gifts, and expendable funds.  The degree of autonomy and level of gifts expected for successful performance evaluation varies by the level of the position. ADoD positions report to the Director/Senior Director, Advancement for UNR Med.

The incumbent will maintain focus on prospect research and gift solicitation, maintain knowledge of the overall portfolio and gift funds, engage with the alumni association, and coordinate donor relations and stewardship activities. The position will also coordinate advancement related events. The ADoD, in collaboration with management, will engage in activities which are in support of the UNR Med strategic plan, mission, vision and values.

Evaluation of a development director is based on reaching measurable goals (known as metrics) as outlined in his/her Individual Performance Objectives (IPO) document or annual plan.  Progression through the line of progression is based upon consistently meeting and exceeding defined and communicated metrics (as agreed to in the annual IPO and signed by supervisor and employee).  Annual evaluations of at least an Excellent 3 or 4. Emphasis is placed on monthly and yearly meetings, initial contacts, proposals submitted, proposals funded, and actual money raised as well as performing consistently within the timelines set by University Advancement.

For University Advancement, fundraising experience is defined as having a background in cold-calling, face-to-face solicitations and moves management. Annual giving and event fundraising, while helpful, are not given the same weight as direct, one-on-one interaction with individuals when defining work experience for the professional levels.

The Assistant Director, Development, is a junior-level professional with knowledge of the basic aspects of fundraising, limited fundraising experience. The ASDOD reports to the Executive Director of Development (EDOD) or AVP and indirectly to the dean or administrator of the school, college, unit, or program.  The ASDOD is jointly evaluated by the EDOD or AVP and the appropriate administrator.  Additionally, University Advancement may hire an ASDOD that is only a direct report to the EDOD or AVP for specific projects or programs. 

The Associate Director, Development, is a mid-level development professional with knowledge of most aspects of fundraising, moderate fundraising experience. The ADOD reports to the EDOD or AVP and indirectly to the dean or administrator of the school, college, unit, or program.  The ADOD is jointly evaluated by the EDOD or AVP and the appropriate administrator.   Additionally, University Advancement may hire an ADOD that is only a direct report to the EDOD or AVP for specific projects or programs. 

Required Qualifications

**Candidates will be hired at the level comparable to their experience, knowledge, skills and abilities**

Assistant Director

Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of related work experience OR

Master’s Degree and one (1) year of related work experience

Related Experience: Fundraising or similar experience

Associate Director

Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) years of related work experience OR

Master’s Degree and two (2) years of related work experience

Related Experience: Fundraising or similar experience

Schedule or Travel Requirements: 

•    Frequent local travel

•    Occasional out of state travel

•    Variable work schedule to include nights and weekends

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty - B

 Candidates will be hired at the level that is comparable to their experience, knowledge, skills and abilities. To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

 Remarkable Retirement!

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.5% contribution is generously matched by the University.  With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

 “I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the company's 17.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments.  It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future” – Michelle B.

 Perks of Working at UNR 

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance – Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers annual or semester memberships and spouse/domestic partner membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid

 Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program



Full-Time Equivalent


How to Apply

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu.

Attach the following attachments to your application 

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

  HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

  References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

Contact Information

Search Coordinator, Joanne Cherep at jcherep@unr.edu

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu. For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Required degree level

  • Bachelor Degree
  • Master

Years of experience

  • 2 - 4 Years