Mississippi State University operates a centrally coordinated development program with fundraisers assigned to colleges, schools and other participating units. The primary responsibility of the Director of Development is to coordinate and implement a major gifts program. Secondary responsibilities include coordinating the division's involvement in other advancement and development programs. The Director of Development is under the administrative supervision of the Executive Director of Development for the MSU Foundation in coordination with the Dean of Business. Primary responsibility is seeking major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Secondary responsibility is involvement in coordinating the college's advancement and development programs.
Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develop an understanding of the educational, research, operational and financial needs and goals of the College of Business and effectively apply fundraising principles.
2. Perform needs analysis with the Executive Director of Development, Dean of Business, and Department Heads on a continual basis to establish development objectives.
3. Identify, cultivate, and solicit individual prospects in coordination with faculty, staff and volunteers through the proper clearance process.
4. Assist in coordinating the participation of the college's faculty, administration, advisory board members, volunteers and other members of the development staff in achieving development goals.
5. Maintain an approved list of promising major gift prospects.
6. Assist in planning, coordinating and directing special events for donors and prospects.
7. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Development and the Dean of Business.
8. Participate in Foundation meetings and activities as necessary.
9. Attend MSU Foundation meetings and other staff meetings as necessary.
10. Provide weekly contact reports to the Executive Director of Development of the MSU Foundation.
11. Performs related duties as assigned.
This position does not have supervisory authority.
The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to the position.
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Relations or related field
Two years of experience in a related field
Three or more years' direct experience in fundraising or advancement in a higher education setting, preferably in Educational fundraising.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with university officials, faculty, prominent alumni and friends of Business, i.e., multiple and varied consituencies.
- Basic computer skills.
- Ability to meet travel requirements of position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
- No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
- No or very limited physical effort required.
Instructions for Applying:
Complete online application.
Submit resume and cover letter.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.