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Senior Development Director

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AP-Administrative Professional

University Title:

Director of Development Senior 1

Working Title:

Senior Development Director


College of Nursing


Nursing, College of

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College of Nursing

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College of Nursing

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Summary of Duties:

The Senior Development Director is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering the College of Nursing’s development efforts to support the college’s annual fundraising operation. Responsibilities include developing methods to accomplish fundraising goals, planning and conducting programs designed to promote the public’s understanding of the college’s activities and research with the aim of cultivating donors and raising money, and leading and directing assigned development staff in philanthropic activities. These efforts may include, but are not limited to annual giving, major gift development, corporate and foundation relations, and planned gift identification and advancement.

The Senior Development Director has a personal fundraising responsibility between $750,000 to $1,500,000. This position works collaboratively with the Washington State University Foundation development team in support of the College of Nursing and university strategic development goals.

Additional Information:

Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits
The University
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a “highest research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.

WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane
Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, who welcomed its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

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Commensurate with qualifications.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years of progressively responsible full-time professional fundraising or consultative sales experience within a complex organization, which includes at least two (2) years as a unit director or equivalent leadership experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.

Consultative sales are defined as the sale of real estate, industrial equipment, vehicles, custom services, or bulk commodities, which include long term relationships between salespeople and clients. Consultative sales positions are typically compensated on a commission basis and have the authority to negotiate the terms and conditions of individual sales with customers.

Additional Requirements:

Experience demonstrating strong interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining internal and external relationships.

Demonstrated ability to cultivate, develop and steward client/donor relationships

Understanding of proposal development and writing, fundraising and/or client development principles and techniques; project management skills; and relevant event planning/management.

Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission.

Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license at time of hire.

Evening and weekend work required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Fundraising experience closing major gifts of $500,000 and above.

Proven experience motivating and managing individuals and teams for maximum performance.

Prior experience working with academic and administration leadership.

Evidence of ability to plan and execute a fundraising project from conception to realization.

Advanced degree.

Will this position require a background check?:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin November 16, 2020, and will continue until the position has been filled. Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) list of three (3) professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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