The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and University Development at Michigan State University seek an established fundraiser to lead a relatively new academic unit to a culture of philanthropy. RCAH is an innovative living-learningdegree option designed for students who want to combine a small-college experience with the resources and opportunities available at a major university. The RCAH is home to individuals with diverse interests, skills, and talents. Our students:
value individual expression, exploration and achievement.
In the RCAH, students have the opportunity to live and learn together, engage in the arts and humanities through experiential learning, focus critical attention on the public issues we face, and build community within and beyond their residential home.
In partnership with the leadership of a dynamic and energetic dean, the Director of Development shall be a confident, creative, enthusiastic and results-oriented development leader. This person shall have an understanding of and appreciation for the arts and humanities in order to build upon the foundation of its advancement program. This person shall have experience managing a fundraising program in the environment in which accountability-based metrics are used as benchmarks of performance. The Director of Development will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting leadership annual gifts and stewarding individuals, corporations and foundations for significant 5 and 6-figure support.
The Director of Development is expected to be an experienced, responsive and collaborative leader of the RCAH development effort who executes an aggressive calendar of donor and alumni engagement activity to ensure a continuous pipeline of private support for the college. The Director will report directly to the Executive Director of Constituency Programs and the Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in such fields as communications, public relations, business, the arts, the humanities or sundry programs; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, or a related field OR three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive professional experience in higher education development, public relations, or a related field; knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving; this position requires travel.
Undergraduate degree; advanced degree preferred; three to five years in professional fundraising, preferably demonstrating progressive responsibility and experience in higher education fundraising; demonstration of an understanding of the key development disciplines of leadership annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and/or foundation gifts; proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership gifts at the five and six-figure level; a track record of success leading a development operation; and approach to management that brings out the best in staff and yields pride, ownership and a sense of team effort; superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clear and effective written and oral presentations; demonstrated ability to plan and successfully execute a significant comprehensive campaign.
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter and Resume
Work hours are 8 am to 5 pm, with some nights and weekends.
Bidding eligibility ends on 10/1/2019 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 611428
About Michigan State University
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.