Jun 14, 2018

Director of Development

  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Marshall, MN, USA
Full-Time Education

Job Description

Director of Development

Southwest Minnesota State University

Salary and Terms: Probationary, full-time position. Salary placement is based on evaluation of experience. MSUAASF Range D.

Appointment Date: August 15, 2018 or date to be negotiated.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin July 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Description: The Director of Development leads a segment of the major gifts program for the University and the SMSU Foundation while developing relationships with potential donors through effective communication strategies, meaningful engagement, and cultivation and solicitation activities.


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in fundraising, financial planning, or higher education leadership
  • An overall knowledge of the advancement and development fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and success in fund raising methods and strategies
  • Short- and long-range planning knowledge, with special emphasis on advancement and foundation experience
  • Understanding of professional fund raising operations and ethics
  • The ability to work strategically, develop and implement constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Competency in problem solving
  • Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge in these area, Windows, Microsoft Office, donor databases, content management and tracking systems such as Blackbaud: Raiser's Edge
  • Ability to adjust to new situations and change

Please Note: Requires a valid driver's license. Extensive travel, weekend and evening work required.

Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.

Application Data: Letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume, and transcripts must be attached to your application. Complete the online application process at http://www.smsu.edu/administration/humanresources/neogov.html. Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at: www.SMSU.edu.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.




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