Development Officer I

Grand Rapids
May 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Assistant Director of Development, College of Human Medicine

Position Summary

As the assistant director of Development for the College of Human Medicine (CHM), the successful candidate will be part of a collaborative team that plans and directs the organization and operation of an Advancement program for the college including the management of fundraising efforts in specific instate and out of state geographic areas, including the four-year campuses in East Lansing and Grand Rapids and two additional geographic communities in Michigan.  The ability to think and act strategically will be critical to the success of this position.  The assistant director of Development will focus efforts on face-to-face contact with prospects whose philanthropic capacity is between $10,000 and $100,000 and more, managing a portfolio of 150 major donor prospects.   It is expected that the assistant director will average 12-15 face-to-face strategic visits which result in “moves” toward major gifts, and 2 to 4 major gift solicitations per month. The assistant director will assist in prospect identification and volunteer recruitment and training through MSU’s capital campaign.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, the Assistant Director’s primary work location will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Secchia Center, the headquarters of the MSU College of Human Medicine.   Providing support, as needed and directed, to the director/associate director of Development, it is expected that the assistant director will also provide fundraising support to college locations across the state optimizing a combination of in-state travel and conferencing technology to best utilize time and resources. Regular travel is required involving automobile; additional travel involving air transportation.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fund raising, public relations, marketing, higher education fund raising or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Business or related field

  • Three years’ experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or related field

  • Professional fund raising experience in higher education and medical school

  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising and relationship development

  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Some knowledge of the Land Grant University

  • Collaborative team-oriented style

  • Experience with “Moves Management” or related strategic relationship development 

Required Application Materials


Work Hours

Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM with some nights and weekends.

(Bidding Eligibility ends June 6, 2017 at 11:55 PM)



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