Assistant Director for Advancement

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States


As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

University Advancement, Public Health, has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director for Advancement. 


The Assistant Director for Advancement (ADOA) is responsible for increasing private support for the School of Public Health and enhancing alumni and donor relations with the school. Private support raised from private donors directly impacts our student recruitment and retention, faculty recruitment and retention, research endeavors, and operation of the school. These goals are accomplished primarily through discovery activities (including research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective donors), events, broad-based alumni relations, and Advancement marketing and communications. 

To fulfill the duties of the position, the ADOA interacts directly with school faculty, students and staff, vendors, service providers, university officials, donors and potential donors, alumni, and volunteers. 


Annual Giving and Discovery 

Identify and cultivate new prospective donors with specific focus on Grayston society ($1,000+/annually) and President’s Club ($2,000+/annually) giving levels. 

Develop and execute targeted efforts to increase participation in Grayston Society and President’ Club, both broadly and among specific constituencies. 

Lead and create, in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, strategic “discovery” activities ad targeted events for alumni. 

Work in collaboration with the Associate Director for Advancement and Assistant Dean for Advancement to develop techniques to start cold relationships and move them through the donor continuum to a gift conversation. 

Work with front-line fundraising colleagues in Regional and Planned Giving to develop and support strategies for activities and special events for qualification and solicitation efforts. 

Manage, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of identified individual, corporate, and foundation prospects with active participation of the Associate Director for Advancement. 

Conceive, develop and implement comprehensive giving programs and mini-campaigns for strategic constituent groups such as faculty and staff. 

Alumni/Constituent Relations 

Work closely with department administrators, alumni, volunteers, and the UW Alumni Association to strengthen relationships between constituents, the School of Public Health and the University of Washington. 

Organize and manage quarterly internal SPH Departmental Alumni Roundtable meetings to coordinate alumni relations across the school and with central UW Advancement. 

Create programs designed to build the lifelong affinity and engagement of alumni and students focused on increasing philanthropy and service to the school. 

Consult on and assist with department-level alumni reunions as needed. 

In partnership with UWAA and Regional Giving, leverage and develop opportunities to expand the knowledge and awareness of the SPH. 

Strengthen alumni profiles in the community through recognition such as the SPH Distinguished Alumni Award and alumni profiles and updates on the SPH website and newsletter, in coordination with the SPH Communications team. 

Strengthen alumni engagement with SPH by working with Departments, SPH Office of Student Affairs, and SPH Communications to find volunteer opportunities for alumni in the school. 


Work with the Advancement team to conceptualize, and plan strategic fundraising events that are targeted for discovery, cultivation and stewardship purposes. 

Partner with the Advancement Services Officer to manage event logistics including sourcing speakers and volunteers, creating targeted guest lists, preparing event-related collateral, selecting menus and décor. 

Prepare briefing materials and guest profiles for the Dean, Assistant Dean for Advancement and other school leadership and volunteers. 

Marketing and Communications 

Collaborate with the Advancement and communications teams to collaborate in developing strategic advancement related marketing and communication tools. Examples include, but are not limited to, the creation of event collateral and follow-up communications, stories for the SPH website and newsletter, updating the SPH events calendar, special meeting materials and communications for external audiences, talking points, and annual fund appeals. 

Represent the school with the university environment in order to accomplish Advancement marketing initiatives, manage and produce marketing plans and goals in conjunction with the Assistant Dean, and create fundraising opportunities for SPH Advancement. 

Other duties as assigned 



Effective Communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. 

Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. 

Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization. 

Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. 

Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs. 

Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. 


Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with UW. 

Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results.  

Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals. 

Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change. 


Bachelor's degree and three years of experience in fundraising, events management or communications or related field. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience. 

Ability to work collegiately and effectively with internal and external partners and constituencies. 

Demonstrated strong computer skills, including relational databases and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc. 


Professional development experience in higher education. 

Previous individual, corporate, and foundation discovery experience. 

Experience working with volunteers. 

Knowledge of the integrated advancement model. Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles. 

Knowledge of UW Advancement policies and procedures, including use of the development database software ADVANCE.  


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

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

Frequent local travel expected. 

Application Process: 

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree