Summary of Duties: The Director of Development will establish, direct, plan and manage fundraising goals, stewardship, cultivation, solicitations, public relations and communications for units within the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. The Director of Development will be responsible for budget oversight, annual giving, and major gift strategies for these units, with a focus on major gifts of $25,000 and over. The position will also direct alumni relations and special events that will focus on external constituencies, as well as participate in all aspects of fundraising for all programs and initiatives with the College of Engineering and Architecture. The Director of Development will be responsible for increasing the level of support for the College from individuals, corporations and foundations. Specifically, the Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director of Development and the Dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture to advance the philanthropic priorities of VCEA and to help them achieve their strategic goals. The Director of Development will act as a liaison for collaborative efforts among his or her area of responsibility and all other areas across the university and within the Foundation.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree AND six (6) years of progressively responsible experience which includes three (3) years of full-time professional fund raising experience and at least two (2) years in an institution of higher education. Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission, evidence of ability to plan and execute a fund drive (i.e. responsibility for a project from conception to realization), demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more OR comparable experience. Comparable experience includes six (6) years of progressively responsible full-time sales, marketing, public relations, or advancement experience which has involved direct, face-to-face contact with clients, customers, prospective customers and members of the public, program oversight and management, clearly defined goals and objectives and a demonstrated track record of success may be substituted for the experience requirements. A Masters degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.
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 approximate...ly 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. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
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.