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Development Advancement Specialist

Arkansas State University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Employment Status:Full time (29-40 Hrs) Type of Employment:Staff # of openings:1 Location:ASU-Jonesboro Proposed Salary Range:Commensurate with Experience Closing:3/4/24

Please note: All postings close at 12 A.M. CST on the closing date. A-State participates in E-Verify.

Position Summary:

Arkansas State University is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual for the position of Associate Director of Development. The successful candidate will be able to navigate a complex organizational environment demanding high energy, discretion, patience, time management and enthusiasm. This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor. The Associate Director of Development will be a key contributor to help the university reach its giving objectives, such as securing funding for facility projects and scholarship endowments

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 qualified major gift ($25,000+)prospects: complete a monthly average of 8 substantive (face-to-face or virtual) visits with assigned prospects toward the requirement of 100 per year, complete at least 3 discovery calls monthly, toward the requirement of 36 per year, send 25-30 Gravyty emails per week
  • Develop effective plans and compelling proposals to secure major gifts from assigned prospects
  • Solicit 3-5 identified prospects for major gifts this year, preparing written and oral presentations that address the donor's philanthropic interest and university and/or unit priorities
  • Document completed and anticipated moves with prospects, as well as prospect status, in RE NXT, in a timely and accurate way
  • Work closely with the Database Manager to ensure prospects and donors have well-documented and comprehensive records
  • Proactively and effectively manage assigned prospects and donors that are out of state
  • Be up to date on all events and programs from assigned areas in order to participate and invite donor/prospect participation
  • Discuss prospect status, moves management plans and other communication plans with Assistant Vice Chancellor during weekly meetings
  • Demonstrate leadership in assigned areas through regular meetings with assigned dean(s)/director(s) and their leadership teams to ensure clear and consistent communication
  • Foster an environment for successful fundraising by preparing the dean/unit director and others to participate effectively in development activities and prospect appointments
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge of development/fundraising techniques and moves management
Knowledge of gift planning and procedures
Knowledge of higher education programs, goals and objectives

Ability to relate to fundraising programs to university goals and objectives
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with donors, volunteers, athletics and advancement staff
Ability to adapt and respond to various situations
Ability to manage multiple projects at one time

Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, as are excellent interpersonal skills

Possess a thorough understanding of all programs within the University

Willingness and ability to travel and work a flexible schedule
Willingness to ask donors/alumni for financial support

Disciplined self-starter who regularly achieves work goals

General Days/Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours as requested and/or needed
Regular and reliable attendance


Please note: all position postings close at 12:00 A.M. CST on the position closing date

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Bachelor’s Degree

One (1) year of related experience

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Arkansas State, founded in 1909, is the second-largest university in the state. It is located on Crowley’s Ridge in Jonesboro, the largest city in eastern Arkansas and the economic hub of the region. Today, the institution has more than 100,000 alumni and meets the needs of individuals and communities at all points along the educational continuum.


A Carnegie Research 2 university, A-State hosts the first osteopathic medical school in Arkansas, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and opened the first U.S.-style residential campus in Mexico in fall of 2017.


With the Discover 2025 Strategic Plan as its guide, A-State is engaged in creating collaboration opportunities including the Center for No-Boundary Thinking and exploring a public-private partnership to bring the first College of Veterinary Medicine to the state.


Undergraduate experiences have been highlighted for the last decade with the Create@State spring conference. Create@State participants have an advantage in achieving the graduate school of their choice, including continuing to advanced degrees at A-State. Research opportunities alongside our faculty are not the exception at A-State.


A-State begins its second decade offering online curriculum and course work, and remains the state’s largest provider of 100% online degree programs based in the state with 99 areas of study. While the majority (74%) are graduate students, more than 1,500 students are pursuing their bachelor’s degree.


Arkansas State University operates as a member of the Arkansas State University System based in Little Rock and offers degrees at the doctoral, specialist, master’s, bachelor, and associate levels. Arkansas State is home to eight undergraduate colleges: Agriculture, Engineering and Computer Science; Education and Behavioral Science; Neil Griffin College of Business; Liberal Arts and Communication; Nursing and Health Professions; Sciences and Mathematics; and University College. While it does not award degrees, the Honors College is a component of the university’s academic structure. The Department of Military Science provides programs for students who aspire to be U.S. Army officers.


The Jonesboro campus is led by the chancellor, with a Chancellor’s Cabinet which includes the senior executive vice chancellor and provost in Academic Affairs and Research, senior vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, vice chancellors for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations; Intercollegiate Athletics; Student Affairs and Dean of Students; University Advancement; and Chief Communications Officer.


The Arkansas State University System is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to serve staggered seven-year terms. The trustees hire the system president, approve the curriculum, annually approve an operating budget, and establish policies for the efficient and effective operation of the institutions.


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