Director of Parent Giving

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Development, Advancement

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development (AVP) and in consultation with the VP for Student Affairs, the Director of Parent Giving will assume overall management responsibility for strategically creating and implementing plans to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward parent leadership and major gifts from prospects and donors. Working with the AVP, the Director will set and achieve annual program metrics to advance and increase philanthropic resources for the university.  The Director will also collaborate with frontline fundraisers, Student Affairs, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and other university partners for the engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of parent donors.

Department Overview:

University Advancement is the primary fundraising arm of Boise State University. We work to build relationships and support for the university by developing and nurturing donor-centered relationships and stewarding gifts made in support of Boise State. University Advancement collaborates with the Boise State University Alumni Association, Boise State University Foundation, and the Bronco Athletic Association.


Create the best culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement of any public university in the country.


Collaboration – Engage all stakeholders to the benefit of the university.
Communication – We are clear, concise and consistent in all forms of communication.
Integrity – We are direct, truthful and follow through on our commitments.
Inclusion – We proactively reach out to and embrace all stakeholders.
Ownership – We share responsibilities and outcomes.
Continuous Improvement – We never settle and are always looking for ways to improve.
Performance – We plan, execute, measure and report.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

85% of Time the Director of Parent Giving must:

• Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a pool of parent prospects and donors for annual leadership and major gifts for University priorities.

• Solicit gifts primarily through personal visits with parents of Boise State students throughout Idaho and the United States, focusing on select geographic regions with high concentrations of potential supporters.

• Develop and manage a personal portfolio of 120-140 prospective parent annual and major gift donors.

• Educate University development officers and other colleagues on parent program purpose, goals, and opportunities for collaboration.

• Collaborate with University leadership and others, including, but are not limited to: campus-wide college and unit development officers, as well as, the Division of Student Affairs, Athletics, Parent and Family Programs, and the Admissions Office in an effort to secure gifts from parent donors/prospects while using the donor-centric model for giving.

• Identify and engage ambassador parents as volunteers to promote the program and engage future parents.

• Work with high-level volunteers, including Boise State Foundation board members.

• Coordinate a minimum of two parent-focused events each year to grow the parent prospect pool.

• Develop promotional materials, direct mail, e-communication campaigns, and other supportive collateral required for discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of parent and family audiences.

• Effectively manage follow-up and reporting requirements in an appropriate manner.

• Ensure all development activities are conducted in accordance with the fundraising policies and procedures of University Advancement.

10% of Time the Director of Parent Giving must:

• Attend training and maintain skill currency as appropriate to safely and effectively complete assignments

• Represent the University at events and functions

• Perform other duties as assigned

5% of Time the Director of Parent Giving must:

• Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Demonstrated ability to raise major gifts.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

• Demonstrated ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship.

• Must be willing to travel.

• Must be organized and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure.

• Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.

• Ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship

• Ability to articulate and meet goals/objectives

• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

• Ability to think through complicated processes and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in higher education fundraising
Salary and Benefits:

Salary range starts at $74,500 and is commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for the position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment).

Review of applications begins January 3, 2023 and continues until position is filled.



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