Competing within the prestigious Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University Athletics is a self–sustaining unit and private support plays a crucial role to keep that fiscal responsibility. MSU Athletics, through contributions to the Spartan Fund, has raised over $262 million during Empower Extraordinary - the campaign for Michigan State through capital, annual, endowment and planned gifts. These philanthropic gifts are in support of the Spartan Athletics mission statement:
We gather and engage our community to teach, support and celebrate our student-athletes in their quest for excellence.
Annually, nearly 800 student-athletes across 25 sports are getting a world-class education while playing the sport they love. With private support from Spartans across the country, we can offer a championship level opportunity in the classroom, in competition and the community. We are helping shape the future of MSU Athletics under dynamic leadership and with a progressive attitude.
The Associate Director of Development identifies, cultivates and solicits gifts and pledges from donors and prospects that are capable of giving more than $50,000.
The Director manages, develops, and stewards a portfolio of 150-200 prospects and donors securing major and planned gifts in a defined Region on behalf of Michigan State Athletics. Will work closely with other athletic department leaders, coaches, and development colleagues to coordinate and collaborate to maximize gift potential for intercollegiate athletics and Michigan State University.
Frequent travel in and out of state may be required as well as regular participation in evening and weekend activities.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in athletics and/or professional and higher education fund raising, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Available to manage 50% travel, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, when needed. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Seven or more years of development experience, with at least five years of major gift experience.
Knowledge of laws, practices, and philosophy of charitable giving.
Demonstrated track record of financial development and sales productivity in a complex work environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work within a campus culture that includes a diverse array of personalities.
Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively in a fast-moving environment.
Positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to work autonomously, collaboratively and within a team structure.
Experience with “Moves Management” or related strategic relationship development.
Travel involving an automobile, airline, and rail.
All candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system the URL for that website is www.careers.msu.edu. Please indicate the position number 477620 when submitting your application.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
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