Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Nursing

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University seeks a Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Nursing to plan and direct the organization and operation of a comprehensive development and alumni relations program for the College of Nursing including the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of MSU alumni and friends and periodic special purpose appeals and programs with business, industry, and foundations. The Director will lead a philanthropic effort that supports the service and research-oriented vision and mission of the college and will play a pivotal leadership role in planning and spearheading the next campaign effort, focused on endowment and expendable support for the college. The Director will conduct a needs assessment of programs, develop the case for support, refine funding priorities, recruit and mobilize volunteers, prepare and review proposals, identify prospects, and actively solicit contributions with a primary focus on gifts of $100,000 and more.

Michigan State University was established in 1855, and by 1862 it stood as the nation’s premier land-grant university. Over the decades, the university has continued to be a model of what a land-grant university can and should do. As a university of, for, and by the people, Michigan State University began a long tradition of empowering people through educational opportunity. Every day, Spartans work to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community. Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing, MSU’s campus is one of the biggest and greenest in the nation.

The university is ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for learning communities, study abroad, and service-learning offerings. MSU also has 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations ranked in the top 25 nationally by the publication, including six top ranked programs—undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management and logistics, graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, as well as both online and on campus graduate programs in curriculum and instruction. The university has also been named a gold-status veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency eight years in a row and received a gold rating for sustainability achievements in 2022 through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Michigan State University is recognized as a national leader in the advancement of knowledge by the most diverse and exemplary cadre of students, trainees, faculty, staff, and alumni who transform lives through equitable teaching, research, scholarship, and practice. Michigan State University believes differences are assets. It fosters a community that respects and values a broad range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences and encourages and creates opportunities so all Spartans can reach their full potential educationally and professionally.

"In 2016 it was estimated that there would be a national shortage of greater than 150,000 registered nurses by 2020 and greater than 500,000 RNs by 2030. To meet this critical need, nurse education programs must expand student enrollment and thus increase the pipeline of practicing nurses who can meet the healthcare challenges of today. As the MSU College of Nursing rises to meet this challenge, philanthropic investment is crucial to providing the resources necessary to re-envision the future of the nursing profession and increase capacity to serve the growing needs of our nation. The new Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Nursing will be a key partner in making this vision a reality. Serving as a strategic partner and the college’s Advancement leader, the Director has a unique opportunity to build on the strong reputation of the Spartan Nurse and leverage a growing portfolio of clinical partnerships to increase fundraising potential." — Dr. Leigh Small, Dean, College of Nursing

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.