Senior Development Director - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Senior Development Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and to the Executive Associate Vice President for the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation. This position is responsible for establishing the unit’s fundraising goals, develops methods to accomplish those goals, and plans and conducts public contact programs designed to promote the public’s understanding of the College of Arts and Sciences activities and the cultivation of donors. Responsible for providing leadership to development staff by setting goals, mentoring, coaching and ultimately achieving fundraising milestones. The Senior Development Director is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering the College’s development efforts. This includes fundraising, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, special events, and public relations. This position functions as a key member of the WSU Foundation development team and supervises administrative, professional, and support staff in a large complex organizational entity seeking to raise over two (2) million dollars annually. This position represents the University to internal and external constituents.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years of progressively responsible full-time professional fund raising experience which has involved at least five (5) years as a unit director and three (3) years in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization including demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $100,000 or more, evidence of development of significant successful proposals.

Preferred Qualifications

-Proven experience in motivating and managing individuals and teams for maximum performance.

-Prior experience working with academic and administration leadership. Evidence of ability to plan and execute a fundraising project from conception to realization.

-Clear written and verbal communication skills; mature personal interaction skills with prospects/donors, faculty, development officers, and administration.

-Advanced degree.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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