Development Assistant

East Lansing MI
Aug 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Development Associate

Position Summary

The Development Associate Program in University Advancement provides entry-level positions that allow the University to recruit and hire individuals with the foundational skills and drive necessary to be successful fundraisers.


The Development Associates will serve as entry-level fundraisers within the central office of University Advancement. They will work within an environment heavily concentrated on mentorship and professional coaching that will afford the candidate an opportunity to learn the art and science of fundraising at Michigan State University. The set curriculum will focus on portfolio management of individuals, with an emphasis on the discovery/qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of Michigan State University alumni/donors primarily focused within the state of Michigan.


This is a contract position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension.  The position will be funded annually with anticipation that the successful candidate(s) will be well positioned to transition into a full time University Advancement position within a 12-24 month time frame.


Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired by completing a four year college program in Business, Communications, Marketing, Non-Profit Management or Public Relations; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree; Business, Communications, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, and/or Public Relations preferred; demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and written/oral communication skills.


Required Application Materials


Work Hours

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

Description of End Date

This is an off-dated position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.


Bidding eligibility ends on 9/5/17 at 11:55 PM.

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