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Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Athletics

Position Overview

The Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development for Butler University should be a passionate, high integrity, experienced athletics fundraising professional with a proven track record of soliciting and closing leadership philanthropic gifts. This individual will lead all aspects of the athletics development team. Reporting to the Vice President and Director of Athletics, this position will work closely with the Vice President of Advancement and Advancement Leadership team to develop the strategy and execution needed to secure critical resources in support of the Butler University Athletic Department. This individual should possess strong communication and leadership skills and promote an environment of excellence and accountability. 


  • Coordinate the planning and fundraising efforts of the athletics department working closely with the AD, coaches, staff and other campus partners to support our 22 athletics programs.
  • Responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private support from individuals, corporations, and foundations for Butler Athletics with a focus on securing principal and major gifts.
  • Manage an athletics development team (The Bulldog Club) consisting of four fundraising professionals, interns and student workers.
  • Work closely with the VP of Advancement and other advancement colleagues to ensure alignment and collaboration across campus.
  • Adhere to the University-wide prospect management system and other University-wide advancement policies
  • In coordination with University Advancement, oversee the planning and execution of Butler Athletics annual and capital fundraising campaigns, the Butler Way Society, day-of-giving campaigns and NIL support.
  • Serve as a senior leader of Butler Athletics to a broad range of constituencies, including trustees, alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff, senior corporate executives, and the Indianapolis community.
  • Travel is required, as well as attendance at events on evenings and weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 7-10 years of successful athletics fundraising­ experience, preferably within higher education.
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of $100,000+.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Staff and volunteer management experience.
  • Positive attitude with strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, collaboratively and within a team structure.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends. 

BU Benefits and Perks

Please check out Butler’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our benefit offerings, which include:

  • Paid Time Off and Holidays:
    • 18 days of paid time off (vacation and PTO days)
    • 8 Paid Holidays
    • Paid Winter Break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
    • Paid Parental Leave (after 1 year of full-time employment)
  • Health:
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans including disability and life insurance programs
  • Retirement:
    • 10% employer contribution after 1 year of full-time employment
  • Tuition Assistance:
    • Remission of tuition for classes taken at Butler for employees, spouses, and dependent children.
      • Eligibility after 9 months of full-time employment
      • Employees & spouses- undergraduate/graduate degrees
      • Dependents (under age 26)- undergraduate degree
      • Covers tuition only
    • Tuition Exchange Program for Dependents
  • Butler Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks:
    • Access to Butler’s on-site fitness facility and libraries for full-time staff and faculty
    • LinkedIn Learning Courses
    • Free premium subscription to the Calm App
    • Free subscription to the WSJ and NYT
    • Discount at the College Bookstore
    • Discount on select Athletic and Arts/Events Center Performances

About Butler

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries.

Join us at the crossroads of tradition & transformation. A career at Butler University means so much more than a job. Join the dedicated, innovative, and supportive community of faculty and staff that is moving Butler Beyond.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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