Development Director

University of Alaska

Development Director


University of Alaska System


UAF University Advancement seeks a dynamic, experienced development professional to lead UAF's development team with a mission to increase philanthropic gifts to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Development efforts at UAF include gifts of significance ($25k+), pipeline development for major, principal, and planned benefactor discovery, and donor relations.


The Development Director reports to the Executive Director for University Advancement, a unit comprised of Development, Alumni Relations, University Relations teams. The Development Director will work collaboratively with academic and administrative leaders at UAF and across the system to grow the philanthropic program at UAF, including higher dollar goals and greater numbers of donors. As UAF launches its next strategic planning process, this position will play a critical role in ensuring development efforts support UAF's priorities, helping UAF serve our students and the State of Alaska.


Proficient in philanthropic support, fundraising, and donor relations, including a deep understanding of industry trends, best practices, and technology. Skilled in program evaluation methodologies and adept at motivating teams. Proven success in securing major gifts and achieving fundraising goals. Capable of providing strategic guidance to internal and external stakeholders, collaborating with community leaders and executives, and developing/executing effective fundraising plans. Experienced in program management, budgeting, and supervisory responsibilities, with the ability to recommend long-term strategies and craft compelling philanthropic proposals.


Minimum of 10 years of full-time, management-level, progressively responsible fundraising experience, including major gift fundraising experience.


Master's degree preferred, or equivalent, in business, public administration or management (appropriate experience may be substituted for the advanced degree).


Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience (at least five of which are at the management level), or an equivalent.


Position Details:


This is a full-time, exempt staff position with a competitive salary and UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the, Grade 83, based on education and experience.


Applications will be accepted for review on May 6, 2024, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on DAY BEFORE REVIEW DATE (05/05/2024).


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Bridget Thimsen, SBO Sr. HRC at


*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.


Access to the reports is available at:


UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or / 907-786-1214 or


UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or


UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing


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Closing Date 2025-05-07