Cougar Club Director

Brigham Young University Provo , UT 84601

Posted 3 weeks ago

Director, Cougar Club

Job Summary

The Cougar Club is the booster organization that serves as the fund-raising arm of BYU Athletics; its role is to bring vital funds and life-long friends to the University. The Cougar Club Director is an athletic administrator responsible for working with athletic donors and premium ticket sales to facilitate contributions to BYU's athletic program.

There are thousands of Cougar Club Members, and their families, in locations across the United States and in foreign countries. The Cougar Club is responsible for hosting 40-50 events annually. The Cougar Club facilitates thousands of annual, major, estate, and gift-in-kind contributions to BYU Athletics including soliciting, recording, and acknowledging such gifts.

Essential Functions

Facilitate Annual Athletic Giving

  • Develop, organize, and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase Cougar Club membership

  • Coordinate with BYU Marketing, Philanthropies of the Church, and other on- and off-campus entities to promote athletic donations.

  • Provide appropriate athletic benefits, acknowledgements, and receipts to annual donors.

  • Operate and facilitate the BYU Touchdown Club

Supervise Cougar Club Operations

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Cougar Club including coordinating 40-50 annual events

  • Supervise Cougar Club employees and athletic department resources

  • Determine and facilitate club member benefits

  • Coordinate with BYU Financial Services, the BYU Alumni Association, and Philanthropies of the Church

  • Supervise all Cougar Club communications: Comprehensive messaging plan including mail, email, and social media targeted toward potential supporters of athletics

  • Provide oversight for Cougar Club policies and practices

  • Supervise all communication with the Cougar Club members

Steward and Cultivate Major (Legacy) Donors

  • Support the continued gifting of major (Legacy) donors

  • Actively seek out and work with new potential Legacy donors to facilitate their involvement

  • Provide appropriate athletic benefits and acknowledgements to major donors

  • Facilitate and finalize multi-year gifting plans

  • Support Athletic Department initiatives including scholarships, endowments, and deferred and estate gifting

Oversee Premium Athletic Seating

  • Coordinate the Football Loge Licensing Program

  • Sell and assign seating in the East Club and East Legacy Premium Football Seating areas

  • Sell, assign seating, and host/facilitate Courtside Cougars basketball

  • Help assign and facilitate premium parking

Other Cougar Club Functions

  • Work with the Salt Lake Cougar Club Chapter with luncheons and other events

  • Coordinate the efforts of nearly 100 adult volunteers (football practice security, SAB help desk, and game-day volunteer hosts)

  • Coordinate the details of recognizing donors on the Legacy Wall

  • Coordinates the monthly Cougar Club Luncheons in Provo and Salt Lake

  • Football gameday responsibilities include hosting in the Cougar Club Pre-game Tent and arranging donors to fire the cannon

  • Basketball gameday responsibilities including assisting with hosting Courtside donors pre-game and at half-time


Minimum education/experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree and 2 years professional experience or equivalent

Preferred education/experience:

  • Master's degree and experience in fundraising, sales, investment banking, or college athletics

Skills, abilities, knowledge, licenses, certifications (required):

  • Must work well with people, including coordinating with other Athletic Department employees and supervising the efforts of volunteers

  • It is important that the individual in this position be able to establish and maintain strong relationships with people of many different backgrounds, including those with whom the position has daily contact and people geographically far away from the University

  • Must be able to communicate well to various publics through a number of mediums including interpersonal contact, spoken communications, and written documents.

  • Along with public speaking and making public presentations, this position oversees Cougar Club publications and brochures as well as the Club website and involvement in social media

  • Must know, understand, and adhere to the NCAA Regulations that govern the practices and activities of all institutions that participate in Intercollegiate Athletics. This includes the holder of this position being ethical and forthright in his or her own behavior and ensuring compliance by others whom the position supervises or with whom she or he affiliates.

  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize numerous commitments & opportunities, and appropriately control and allocate human, financial, and physical resources

  • Computer skills necessary to use the Microsoft Office Suite, and specialized ticketing and fund-raising software.

  • Should be skilled in marketing, public relations, negotiation, problem solving, and strategy, as well as experienced with fund-raising techniques and sensitive to the unique mission and standards of Brigham Young University

Additional Comments

Position requires consistent exposure to stressful circumstances and occasional encounters with irate or irrational individuals. Position requires a willingness to work long and often unscheduled hours, as well as to react to unforeseen circumstances and emergencies. The individual in this position will receive frequent calls on weekends or evenings, as well as last-minute requests or changes from donors, particularly close to highdemand athletic or club events.

Employee Class: Administrative

Work Location: Provo Campus

Environment: Periodic exposure to unfavorable conditions. Need to be in variable temperatures or wet environments, etc.

Physical Exam Required: N

Physical Exam Details: n/a

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Pay Level: 54

Approximate Starting Salary: Depending on qualifications and experience.

Documents Required at time of Application:

Required: Cover Letter, Letter of Recommendation 1, Resume

Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability

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Cougar Club Director

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