Development Officer II/S

East Lansing MI
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Director of Development-Student Affairs

Position Summary

Michigan State University seeks a results-oriented Director of Development-Student Affairs to lead a fundraising program for the Division of Student Affairs and Services. The Division serves the entire student population of the university through a variety of organizational entities. All of this support is rooted in three over-arching themes for the student population: leadership development and experiential learning to facilitate transition; student engagement through identity and affinity; and an enhancement of a lifestyle rooted in health, wellness, and safety. This division requires an experienced development officer with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in linking philanthropic passions to programs of interest. In addition to facilities-based fundraising priority, this Director will have to assess both programmatic activities of the division and potential philanthropic investors. Starting with a strong strategic focus based on past fundraising success, this Director will work to build a portfolio of approximately 150 individuals by holding approximately 12 meetings a month with prospective donors. To accomplish these objectives, the Director will work closely with both the Vice President of Student Affairs and Services, and the Executive Director of Constituency Programs.

 As Michigan State University strategically positions itself to successfully conclude a comprehensive campaign with a goal of raising more than $1.5 billion, this Director will play a pivotal role in planning and leading the campaign for the Division. With an effort that focuses on raising money for programmatic, endowment, and expendable support, the management of a volunteer fundraising board will also be an important part of the Director’s responsibilities.


Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Liberal Arts or other field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in higher education development, not-for-profit development, outside sales, public relations or a related field; working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid vehicle operator's license.

Desired Qualifications
  • A master’s degree

  • Five-seven years of experience in higher education development, not-for-profit development, outside sales, public relations or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with prospect management processes or related strategic relationship development.

  • Ability to travel both in-state and out-of-state.

  • Ability to work weekends and evenings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills and intellectual curiosity.
  • Collaborative team-oriented style.
  • Ability to work with a variety of personality types.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


Required Application Materials


Work Hours

Work hours are 8 am to 5 pm with some nights and weekends.

Bidding Eligibility Ends 8/01/2017 at 11:55 PM

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