Foundation Director of Development, Motion Picture Arts

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Job ID: 44375

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


FSU Foundation


The Director of Development will strategically execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $100,000 and up level to the College of Motion Picture Arts. This individual will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift range and will also be responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects. The incumbent will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Foundation.

Strategic Fundraising Development
Works with the Dean of FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, the Associate Vice President for Constituent Programs, and the other members of the College's development, communication and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation. Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan of the College of Motion Picture Arts, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established monetary goal. Establishes new relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments and feedback for the College of Motion Picture Arts and the FSU Foundation. Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $100,000 or more. Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.

Central Development Collaboration
Coordinates with central development staff and other cross-functional team members to identify prospects and develop team solicitation plans for planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and principal gifts. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of Florida State University, effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those specific needs

Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the faculty and program staff. Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University. Prepares and presents gift proposals; negotiates gift agreements. Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines. Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of their giving. Implementation of such a stewardship plan may include, but should not be limited to: letters, communication of campus or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement or the facilitation of campus visits. Protects confidential information. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Volunteer Council/Board Management
Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with the College. Effectively communicates organization's mission and represents the organization's culture to external stakeholders.


Bachelor's degree and six years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and ten years of experience. (Note: post-high school education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

Demonstrated, progressive experience in seeking financial support for multi-million dollar programs or initiatives.
Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
Must be a self-starter and comfortable working independently.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Ability to maintain consistent and constructive communication with the Dean and Foundation.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook or equivalent software.

Valid FL or GA Driver's License, or the ability to obtain.

*Applicants must upload a resume with their application.*


Advanced degree.
Campaign experience.
Minimum of three years of experience in major gift development or relative annual giving experience in a university setting.
Professional demeanor, teamwork approach, and a can-do, assertive philosophy.
Creative thinking and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship.
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and show careful attention to detail.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

*Applicants must upload a resume with their application.*

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Posted: 11/8/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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