Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a Director of Development - Athletics. This position is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations program for GCU athletics. All activities must remain in compliance with NCAA and WAC rules and regulations.


Fundraising activities for University Athletics 80%

  • Develop and propose strategies for growing membership to the annual fund, "Lopes Club."

  • Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.  Discuss in advance with Vice President of Advancement and Director of Athletics.

  • Follow performance metrics as established by the Division of Advancement.

  • Arrange meetings with Head Coaches, Director of Athletics and Vice President of Advancement with donors for cultivation and solicitation.

  • Apprise the Director of Athletics and Vice President for Advancement on all aspects of work for prospects requiring their involvement, including gift strategy, proposal development, etc.

  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:(1) to initiate contacts with potential major donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations when appropriate; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.

  • Collaborate extensively with all areas of campus to educate about athletic advancement efforts and achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Donor Relations Program 20%

  • Develop and implement an automated stewardship plan for annual fund donors

  • Coordinate a comprehensive program for recognition and stewardship of major gift donors in coordination with University Development initiatives.

  • Coordinate donor recognition special events, including pre-game and pre-meet socials.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • 3 to 5 years of successful fundraising or related work experience.

  • Successful track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual and major gifts.

  • Must travel and work irregular hours as needed.

  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

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Posted 6 Days Ago

Full time


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