Competing within the prestigious Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University Athletics is a self-sustaining unit and private support plays a crucial role to keep that fiscal responsibility. MSU Athletics, through contributions to the Spartan Fund, recently raised over $280 million during Empower Extraordinary - the campaign for Michigan State through capital, annual, endowment and planned gifts. These philanthropic gifts are in support of Spartan Athletics as we engage our community to teach, support and celebrate our student-athletes in their quest for excellence.
Michigan State Athletics is seeking an Associate Director of Major Gifts. The Associate Director of Development identifies, cultivates and solicits gifts and pledges with donors and prospects that are capable of giving in excess of $50,000. The Associate Director manages, develops, and stewards a portfolio of 150-200 prospects and donors securing major and planned gifts in a defined Region on behalf of Michigan State Athletics. Will work closely with other athletic department leaders, coaches and development colleagues to coordinate and collaborate in order to maximize gift potential for intercollegiate athletics and Michigan State University.
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 public relations, volunteer administration, professional and higher education or athletic fundraising, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Travel is required. Available to manage 50% travel, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, when needed. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Bachelor’s degree required. Seven or more years of development or relevant experience, with at least five years of major gift experience. Knowledge of laws, practices, philosophy, and ethics of charitable giving. Demonstrated track record of financial development and/or productivity in a complex work environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Internal Number: 607404
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