Campaign Director

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University seeks a Campaign Director to lead comprehensive campaign efforts in alignment with the mission and vision of Michigan State University and University Advancement. The Campaign Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the campaign, including the development and oversight of a strategic campaign plan encompassing goals, timeline, volunteer structure, budget, staffing, communications planning, campaign outreach and events, and donor recognition strategies. Collaborating closely with the Senior Advancement Leadership Team and constituency development teams, the Campaign Director will ensure alignment of college and unit strategies with overall campaign goals. Additionally, this role involves working with the Senior Director of Marketing and Communication to align case statements across all 28 colleges and units with fundraising priorities, managing the development of unit campaign priorities, and serving as the main liaison with the university’s campaign counsel. The Campaign Director will conduct detailed data analysis, provide regular progress reports, utilize performance data to refine strategies, and maintain accurate financial records. Moreover, the role includes building and executing a robust volunteer structure, developing engagement strategies with development councils, providing updates to stakeholders, and assisting in deploying campaign branding. This is a unique opportunity to drive transformative change and support the university’s mission through strategic and impactful campaign leadership.

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 role of Campaign Director for MSU is pivotal to our continued success. Leading strategic initiatives and fostering philanthropic efforts across our campus community will be essential in shaping the future of our institution. We are seeking a seasoned leader who will guide and inspire teams through our university’s ambitious $3 billion campaign. This role offers a unique opportunity to drive the strategic direction that will propel Michigan State University into its next era of excellence. We invite you to explore more about our Spartan community and consider joining us in this transformative journey. Thank you for your interest." — Jennifer Bertram, Associate Vice President for University Advancement

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