Development Director - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Opportunity

The Development Director will oversee all aspects of fundraising for the Museum of Art and is responsible for increasing the level of support of the Museum from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources. The incumbent works closely with the Director of the Museum of Art to advance the philanthropic priorities of the Museum; will direct, plan, and manage development activities between the Museum of Art and external constituencies; act as liaison for collaborative efforts of the Museum of Art, other areas within WSU and the WSU Foundation in support of the Museum of Art’s Strategic Plan; and oversee donor relations and special events for the Museum of Art that focus on fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship; create new models of support for the new museum building, focus on building new program funding and strengthening the museum current endowment funding.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree AND six (6) years of progressively responsible experience which includes three (3) years of full-time professional fund raising experience and at least two (2) years in an institution of higher education. Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission, evidence of ability to plan and execute a fund drive (i.e. responsibility for a project from conception to realization), demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more OR comparable experience. Comparable experience includes six (6) years of progressively responsible full-time sales, marketing, public relations, or advancement experience which has involved direct, face-to-face contact with clients, customers, prospective customers and members of the public, program oversight and management, clearly defined goals and objectives and a demonstrated track record of success may be substituted for the experience requirements. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree in a related field.

Fundraising experience closing major gifts of $50,000 and above.

Experience with corporate, foundation and government proposal writing.

Experience with creating/developing/leading new organizations/units/teams, establishing objectives, and developing and implementing plans to successfully accomplish these objectives

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The Museum of Art

The Museum of Art at Washington State University is committed to fostering premier educational experiences through meaningful encounters with creativity and innovation. To accomplish that mission, we raise funds from a variety of sources in order to:

Advance creative research by artists, scholars and students.

Extend knowledge and inspiration through exhibitions, books, educational programs and public outreach.

Preserve a lasting artistic legacy of the 20th and 21stcenturies through our permanent collections.

Each staff member works together to ensure the success of the Museum. It is an environment of support and partnership.

The Area

Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dreamtown,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Businessweek named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit

Competitive benefits available

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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