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Director of Development & Alumni Relations, College of Nursing | Development Officer II/S

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 673670
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 14
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Advancement
Department: Asc Vice Pres For University Development 10069230
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Professional Supervisory- APSA, Administrative/Business/Professional, Financial/Accounting, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Union

Position Summary


One of five colleges within MSU’s health and natural science cluster, the College of Nursing is committed to being a leader in creating positive change in healthcare outcomes through excellence in nursing education, research, and practice.  With a focus on national healthcare initiatives and a 70-year history of preparing nurse leaders, the College is proud to have graduated more than 7,500 Spartan nurses, and to educate more than 500 students each year.  The recently completed Empower Extraordinary capital campaign raised $16 million against a $14 million goal, which has positioned the college for continued fundraising success.

The Office of University Advancement, together with the College of Nursing, is seeking a confident and energetic leader to plan and direct the organization and operation of a comprehensive development and alumni relations program for the College of Nursing.  This program includes the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of MSU alumni and friends as well as periodic special purpose appeals and programs with business, industry and interested foundations.  The Director of Development and Alumni Relations will be one who can lead a philanthropic effort that supports the service and research-oriented vision and mission of the College. 

As MSU begins efforts to strategically positions itself to enter its third billion-dollar plus campaign, the Director will play a pivotal leadership role in planning and spearheading the campaign effort – focused on endowment and expendable support – for the College.  This includes conducting a needs assessment of programs, developing the case for support, refining funding priorities, recruiting, and mobilizing volunteers, preparing and reviewing proposals, identifying prospects, and actively soliciting contributions with a primary focus on gifts of $100,000 and more. 

The Director reports directly to the Senior Executive Director of Constituency Programs and to the Dean of the College of Nursing.



  • Plans and implements methods of prospect identification, solicitation, and cultivation in order to achieve successful solicitations for funds and matches donor interests with the needs of the College.  The Director will manage a portfolio of 120 major gift prospects, strive to conduct 15-20 significant personal visits per month, which will include discovery visits to qualify new prospects, and deliver 2-4 proposals per month.
  • Plans and implements the major, planned, and principal gifts program for the College as well as funding from other sources, including corporations and foundations.  The Director will focus on 6- and 7-figure gift fundraising with in- and out-of-state travel required.
  • Prepares annual operating plan that outlines goals, objectives, and strategies for the overall advancement program as well as for self and each member of the development and alumni office.
  • Provides assistance to donors regarding tax laws, policies and procedures and resolves problems in order to maintain a positive image of the University.

Personnel Management 

  • Hires, supervises, directs, motivates, and evaluates professional and support staff in order to assure high performance and consistency with quantity and quality of work performed. 
  • Set clear direction and priorities for professionals and administrative support personnel.  Promote excellence through well-defined and measurable goals.
  • Lead by example; foster a work environment that recognizes and rewards cross functional collaboration and team-based efforts.  Celebrate current achievements and set clear expectations for future success. 
  • Actively mentor and train staff, providing frequent opportunities for professional learning and growth; emphasize retention as a means of increasing capacity and expertise of the team.  Fully leverage human and financial resources and promote greater efficiency.
  • Provide the structure and guidance necessary to promote a high-performance culture that meets the needs and expectations of a successful and diverse alumni community.
  • Recruits, trains, motivates, and evaluates volunteers in order to accomplish college goals and objectives.

Programmatic Management 

  • Audits internal operations in order to develop standardized procedures and to ensure conformity with established policy.
  • Plans, hosts, and communicates at meetings of the public and University personnel in order to provide information on the College and/or University.
  • Assists in budget preparation in order to ensure consistency with departmental goals.
  • Collaborates with external relations staff, including development, alumni, public relations, and communications, in order to ensure coordination of information to alumni and friends of the College.
  • Coordinates the composing, editing, and publishing of college development literature in order to provide staff and volunteers with annual campaign progress reports and appropriate stewardship.

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 professional and higher education fundraising, public relations, marketing, development of budgets, preparation and presentation of case statements and analysis of operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Travel is required.

Desired Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree: Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business preferred.
  • Five years experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or a related field or three years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development, public relations or a related field.  Previous experience working in a healthcare or academic environment a plus.
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, and written/oral communications.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating major gifts through planned giving instruments.
  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.
  • Travel involving automobile.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Work Hours

Work hours are 8 AM to 5 PM with some nights and weekends

Bidding and Eligibility Ends on 9/22/2020 at 11:55 PM


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