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Director of Development

Non-Tenure Track Position

Job ID: 44494

Location:  Tallahassee, FL

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Department: FSU Foundation - College of Engineering



Works with the Dean, the Associate Vice President for Constituent Programs, and other members of the College’s development, communication and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation.

Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan of the College of Social Work, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established monetary goal.

Establishes new relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments of the performance of the College of Social Work, and the FSU Foundation.

Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $50,000 or more.  Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.

Coordinates with FSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects for planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and major giving.  Coordinates an annual giving plan for the College with the FSU Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit, effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those specific needs.

Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs.  Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University.  Prepares proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation.

Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines. Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of their gift(s).  Implementation of such a stewardship plan may include but should not be limited to letters, communication of unit or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement or the facilitation of campus visits.  Protects confidential information;  perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with the College.  Effectively communicates organization’s mission and represents the organization’s culture to external stakeholders


Bachelor’s degree and six years of experience; minimum of three years of experience in major gift development in a university setting. Experience in a related field with basic knowledge of personal solicitation methods will also be considered.  (Note: or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to ten years.)

Demonstrated, progressive experience in seeking financial support for multi-million dollar programs or initiatives required, including providing record of major gift solicitations and closures.

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite.

Must be conversant with FSU alumni, faculty and staff members with similarly qualified educational backgrounds.

A self-starter, comfortable working independently.

Ability to maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and Foundation.

Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Facilitate strong communications with colleagues, donors, prospective donors and alumni, including letters, surveys and telephone solicitation programs.

Team work approach and a can-do, assertive philosophy.

Creative thinking and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship.

Professional demeanor; ability to prioritize multiple work assignments simultaneously and attention to detail.

Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

A valid State of Florida or Georgia driver's license or the ability to obtain.


Preferred:  Advanced degree preferred

Pay Plan: This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.