The Director of Development will work with SMSU Foundation and Alumni Association staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship for donors with capacity to make major financial donations to Southwest Minnesota State University. Manage a portfolio of 125 donors and/or potential donors to engage them with SMSU. Create and present proposals and/or presentations, develop and execute fundraising strategies, and meet any annual and special campaign fundraising goals. Create strong partnerships with all areas of campus and engage campus leaders in fundraising efforts when appropriate. Establish a strong planned giving program to expand support through estates and special gifts to endowments and directly to programs at SMSU. Actively engage the SMSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors to provide feedback on fundraising efforts and referrals for major gifts to SMSU. Engage alumni and donors as volunteers in various capacities when appropriate.
A Master's and three years or Bachelor's degree and four years of successful and progressive experience in a comparable role or a combination of related experience in donor relations, sales/marketing, mission advancement, communications, and fundraising.
Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds.
Experience with customer or donor database software and have played a direct role in meeting annual goals individually or as part of a team.
Experience preparing, communicating, and tracking progress to goals to measure outcomes and metrics.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use common productivity software programs such as Microsoft Office.
Experience with Raiser's Edge alumni and donor database software.
Experience managing a portfolio of donor prospects and creating/presenting donations proposals of $5,000 or more.
Direct experience at Southwest Minnesota State University as a graduate or former student.
Letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume, and transcripts must be attached to your application.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master's degrees. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
SMSU offers a comprehensive benefit package including life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, as well as a variety of other benefits as defined by the individual Collective Bargaining Agreements or Plans. For information on our benefits including Medical and Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Disability and Long-Term Care; Pre-Tax Benefits; and Health and Wellness, please refer to SEGIP's website http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp For information on Minnesota State's Retirement Plan(s), please go to: http://www.minnstate.edu/system/hr/employees/retirement/index.html
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.