Assistant Director of Development

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 441300 - MS State University Foundation
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Mississippi State University invites applications to fill the position of Assistant Director of Development within the College of Business.

Mississippi State University operates a centrally coordinated development program with fundraisers assigned to colleges, schools, and other participating units. The primary responsibility of the Assistant 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 Assistant Director of Development is under the administrative supervision of the Team Lead for the MSU Foundation in coordination with the Dean of the College 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.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Area of Specialization:

College of Business

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develop an understanding of the educational, research, operational and financial needs and goals of the respective college and effectively apply fundraising principles
2. Perform needs analysis with the Team Lead, respective college Dean, 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. Participate in Foundation meetings and activities as necessary
8. Attend MSU Foundation meetings and other staff meetings as necessary
9. Provide weekly contact reports to the Team Lead of the MSU Foundation
10. Performs related duties as assigned by the Team Lead and the respective college Dean
11. Possess good time management skills
12. Have a willingness to work nights and weekends

This position does not have supervisory authority.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications:

- Two or more years' direct experience in fund-raising or advancement in a higher education setting, preferably in educational fund-raising
- Bachelor’s degree focused in Public Relations, Business, Engineering, or related field
- Master's Degree

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of Blackbaud CRM software
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with university officials, faculty, prominent alumni, and friends of the college, i.e., multiple and varied constituencies
- Basic computer skills
- Ability to meet travel requirements of position. A valid driver’s license is required.

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:

Submit an online application along with a 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.

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