Senior Director of Development for the College of Arts & Letters

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University seeks a Senior Director of Development for the College of Arts & Letters to identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals for six- and seven-figure support as well as periodic special purpose appeals and programs with business, industry, and foundations. The Senior Director will be an exceptional fundraiser, an accomplished motivator and mentor, an effective manager of people, and a visionary change agent who has a proven track record in successfully implementing comprehensive development programs. Serving as the college’s chief development officer, the Senior Director will maintain a personal prospect portfolio of major donor prospects as well as employ a strategic moves management program to ensure constant positive movement along the development pipeline. As MSU strategically positions itself through its second billion-dollar plus campaign, the Senior Director will assume a leadership role in planning and spearheading the campaign effort for the College of Arts & Letters including recruiting and training volunteers, articulating the case for support, identifying and cultivating prospects, developing and reviewing proposals, and actively soliciting contributions with a 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 5,000-acre campus is home to more than 51,000 students. Top-ranked programs, high-quality opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community enable those students to create personalized paths that prepare them to succeed and lead. MSU offers more than 400 academic programs and over 300 education abroad programs. It has an outstanding record of students earning Rhodes, Goldwater, and other prestigious national and international scholarships. Wherever one goes, there are Spartans working to make a better world. The MSU community includes more than 12,000 faculty and academic support staff and an alumni network nearly half a million strong.

"The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is proud to be a national and international leader in 21st-century arts and humanities academic education, research, and community outreach and aspires to continue to innovate and expand on this transformational path. We are excited to announce an exceptional professional opportunity for a Senior Director of Development to lead our advancement efforts, further engage our connected community of Spartans, and inspire philanthropic investments that support institutional goals in meaningful ways. We invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity at the College of Arts & Letters. Thank you for your interest." — Dr. Yen-Hwei Lin, Interim Dean, College of Arts & Letters and Sarah K. Blom, Senior Executive Director of Constituency Programs, University Advancement

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