The Advancement Team at Michigan State University, Spartan Fund is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and results-oriented individual with demonstrated ability to work within a campus culture that includes a diverse array of personalities and to cohesively manage multiple expectations.
MSU Spartan Fund (Athletics) Competing within the prestigious Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University Athletics is a self –sustaining unit and private financial support plays a crucial role.
The Spartan Fund secures philanthropic contributions through capital, annual, endowment and planned gifts in support of MSU Athletics. These gifts are in support of our student-athletes, programs, and coaches in their quest for excellence.
Annually, nearly 700 student-athletes across 21 sports are getting a world-class education while playing the sport they love. With support from Spartans and others across the country we are able to offer a championship level opportunity in the classroom, in competition and in the community. We are helping shape the future of MSU Athletics.
JOB SUMMARY 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 approximately 120 prospects and donors, securing major and planned gifts in a defined Region within Michigan, 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.
Adhere to MSU Athletics Core Values: Respect, Positive Attitude, Focus, Accountability, Continued Improvement, Integrity.
Frequent travel may be required as well as regular participation in evening and weekend activities.
Fundraising: Discovery, Cultivation, Solicitation •Develop and manage a portfolio of 120 major gift prospects focusing on solicitations of $50,000 and above, with major emphasis on 6- and 7-figure fundraising. •Conduct strategic moves with prospects and donors, and participate in a minimum of 30 solicitations per year. •Complete at least 15-20 face to face strategic meetings per month with donors and prospects. •Provide consistent and appropriate contact, facilitate or make solicitations, and deliver effective stewardship. •Develop and maintain an awareness of social, business, and philanthropic cultures in a defined Region, and serve as an expert liaison for the Michigan State Athletics community. •Identify, and formally qualify new major and planned gift prospects by developing and executing long-range and short-range strategies and plans to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects, producing a continuous stream of donors capable of making gifts of $50,000 or more to Michigan State Athletics.
Strategy, Coordination, Collaboration
•Gather data, assess prospects and develop strategies designed to realize the current and life-time giving potential of individual prospects. Utilize gift report to find new prospects for special gifts and major gifts teams. •Partner with Athletic Development, University Development, and Advancement colleagues to develop, plan and execute a successful capital campaign. •Develop and maintain strong relationships with academic and other unit colleagues on campus, by demonstrating leadership in the development community •Collaborate in the MSU development community, while representing the Athletic Department’s values and its unique role at Michigan State University. •Coordinate and facilitate activity that will directly result in prospect identification, engagement and successful solicitation, including advising executive officers, deans and development colleagues on the culture, expectations and needs of the University’s constituents.
•Have a comprehensive understanding of Michigan State Athletics priorities and make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific Athletics Department needs. •Assist with volunteer structures in recruiting and sustaining strong volunteer network to assist in prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation, as well as to provide expanded opportunities for key prospects to engage with Michigan State Athletics and the University as a whole.
•Serve as Spartan Fund point of contact for at least 2 varsity sports. •Participate in Athletic Development events as appropriate. This includes but is not limited; to home and away football game activities, on and off-campus donor activities, other athletic events, etc. •Perform other duties as required or assigned.
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 fund raising, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Available to manage 50% travel, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, when needed.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
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.
Experience in athletics, and/or higher education preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work within a campus culture that includes a diverse array of personalities.
Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively in a fast moving environment.
Positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to work autonomously, collaboratively and within a team structure.
Experience with “Moves Management” or related strategic relationship development.
HOW TO APPLY
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Pat Karam, Director of Recruitment at email@example.com.
Candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system, the URL for this website is careers.msu.edu. Please indicate the position number 697591 when submitting your application.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
Internal Number: 697591
About Michigan State University, Advancement
Known internationally as a major U.S. public university with global reach, Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research, and outreach for over 150 years. Founded in 1855, MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Big Ten and Central Collegiate Hockey Association athletic conferences. MSU sponsors 25 intercollegiate varsity sports (12 for men and 13 for women). The 5,200 acre campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan's Capitol in Lansing. MSU has approximately 45,000 students (undergraduate and graduate) and 400,000 living alumni throughout the world.