Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a new Director of Development for our Colangelo College of Business (CCOB). This position is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and donor relations program for The GCU CCOB. 


  • Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of gifts, including: Annual gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts; determining ongoing relationships with prospects/donors; recommending specific purpose and level of gifts; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.  Discuss in advance with VP for Advancement and follow development procedures. 
  • Manage a portfolio of donor prospects and be responsible for strategies leading to the successful cultivation of these prospects.  Follow performance metrics as established by the Division of Advancement. 
  • Arrange meetings for VP of Advancement and Dean of the College of Business with donors for cultivation and solicitation when needed. Participate in Advancement Division team projects including solicitation strategy teams for key prospects and organizational planning. 
  • Keep current on programs and key educational initiatives at the university; network with other Directors of Development. 
  • Coordinate a comprehensive program for recognition and stewardship of major gift donors in coordination with colleagues and CCOB staff. 
  • Collaborate with CCOB and get to know their team, programs and network to maximize business development efforts - become an extension of the college. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • 3 to 5 years of successful experience working in intercollegiate environment.
  • Proven ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:(1) to initiate contact with potential donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations of annual, major and planned gifts; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Proven ability to build and sustain relationships between college and donors.
  • Must travel and work irregular hours as needed.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check
  • 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 17 Days Ago

Full time


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