Development Assistant

East Lansing MI
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Representing the Advancement Office in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, this position will be responsible for providing support in administrative and fund development activities that support the college's advancement efforts; specific job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting with donor/prospect identification, tracking, screening, and preparation for visits; donor/prospect gift and data oversight, reporting, and follow-up; general support of office administration and coordination; event coordination, support, and logistics; and other duties as assigned to carry out the mission of the Advancement Office, in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University.


Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure along with strong writing, communication, customer service and organizational skills, agility, initiative and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired by completing a four year college program in Communications, Public Relations, or Marketing; 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

Knowledge of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship processes that would normally be acquired by working in a development office for a minimum of two or more years; possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license; experience in public speaking and professional writing; demonstrates a work orientation that includes problem solving, teamwork and adaptability to change; displays a great attention to detail; demonstrates a work orientation that includes problem solving, seeing the bigger picture, forecasting potential trouble spots, taking initiative, and a dedication to continuous self-improvement; this position requires professionalism, confidentiality and the ability to communicate clearly and work collaboratively at all times.

Required Application Materials

Resume, cover letter, three professional references, with contact information.

Special Instructions

Please provide a writing sample.

Work Hours

Some night and/or weekend hours may be required based upon events.

Description of End Date

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

Bidding Eligibility Ends 10/17/2017 @ 11:55 PM