Director of Development, WSU Health Sciences | Spokane - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Director of Development provides leadership to and management of the planning, execution, and evaluation of fundraising and development related activities both for the WSU Spokane campus and for the major gifts program of the Washington State University Foundation. This will include, but is not limited to, major gift fundraising, actively managing (including personal solicitations) a personal portfolio of campus and state-wide major gift prospects, serving as a liaison for multidisciplinary development efforts between the Spokane campus, other campuses, colleges, and the WSU Foundation, as well as supervising professional development staff and volunteers.

This position will work with the Chancellor and Health Sciences colleges to establish fundraising goals, develop methods to accomplish those goals, and plan and conduct public contact programs designed to promote the public’s understanding of the WSU Spokane campus and the University’s statewide health science education and research programs.

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

Advanced degree in a related field (i.e. education, public relations, law, etc.)

Demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $100,000 or more.

Demonstrated skills in building and managing personal relationships.

Demonstrated follow-through and communication with colleagues and donors.

Demonstrated experience fundraising on a health science campus.

Monthly Salary


Additional Information

Major Donor Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship – 75%
Collaborates with the Chancellor, WSU Foundation and health science colleges to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects (individuals, corporations and foundations) for priority goals of campus and University units; provide stewardship in recognition of philanthropic gifts.

Key components within this activity include:
1) Strategic Planning: Works with the Chancellor, Foundation and health sciences colleges to identify, define and revise priority needs to be funded through private support. Develops strategic and annual plans that garner private support for defined priorities.

2) Academic Liaison: Promotes an environment for successful fund raising on campus by providing ongoing information for the academic leadership and faculty regarding fund-raising initiatives and by preparing the Chancellor and others to participate effectively in cultivation and solicitation activities.

3) Prospecting and Field Research: Works with volunteers, faculty, and colleagues to identify linkage, ability, and interest of major gifts prospects, including area corporations and foundations.

4) External Relations: Coordinates with the Chancellor and the Director of Communications to develop external relations and communication strategies to meet development objectives. Collaborates on the plans for visits and events that serve to advance the programs of the campus and of the system. Collaborates with campus leadership in advancing external relationship building with all constituencies.

5) University/Foundation Liaison: Serves on the staff of the WSU Foundation and represents the entire University, including WSU Spokane, when meeting friends and alumni of the institution.

Annual Giving – 10%
Oversee strategies for the college’s and campus’ annual giving programs.

Office, Budget, and Personnel Management – 10%
Provides leadership and direction for the development office’s professional and support personnel.

Coordinates the work of campus, college, and Foundation staff located on campus to ensure an organized and unified approach to relationship building.

Defines and plans for needed records and acknowledgement systems support; monitors systems for timelines and effectiveness; and plans, monitors, and manages the unit’s operating budget.

Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.

The University
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.

Washington State University Spokane
Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

To learn more about the Spokane community, visit visit

Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available

WSU Spokane is a tobacco free campus.

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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