Senior Director of Development, Earth Systems Sciences

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 14, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Reporting to the Vice President for Constituent Programs & Campaign Director, the Senior Director of Development, Earth Systems Sciences at the Oregon State University Foundation is the chief front-line fundraising position responsible for managing a comprehensive major gift program to support the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the College of Forestry. The Senior Director of Development is expected to devote 70% of work time to major gift fundraising activities and 30% of work time to management and administrative responsibilities. 

In 2008, OSU organized its eleven colleges into four academic divisions:  Arts and Sciences (Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science), Business and Engineering (Colleges of Business and Engineering), Earth Systems Sciences (Colleges of Agricultural Sciences; Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and Forestry), and Health Sciences (Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine). Each division is led by an Executive Dean, who also serves as Dean of one of the division’s colleges.

The Division of Earth Systems Sciences encompasses Oregon State University’s three signature areas of excellence including agriculture, forestry, climate and marine programs.  Most recently, QS World Rankings named OSU the 14th best agriculture and forestry schools in the world.  Within the Campaign for OSU the Division of Earth Systems Science exceeded its $163M campaign goal by raising in excess of $216 million within the $1 billion campaign.  Campaign successes helped the College of Agricultural Sciences secure more endowed faculty positions than any other college on campus, and secured a named deanship in the College of Forestry. Likewise, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences was also instrumental in helping OSU secure a $20 million challenge grant which has been the foundation for our $65 million Marine Studies Initiative. 

As OSU enters into our next comprehensive campaign, the ESS Division has a working goal that totals over 22.5% of the University’s overall fundraising aspirations.  The best is yet to come for OSU and the Division of Earth Systems Sciences will be a vital player in the future successes of the university. 

Measures of Success

  • Meet the philanthropic goal for the Division of Earth Systems Sciences annually, while also achieving the personal metrics expected of the Senior Director of Development.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for the ESS team so, together they can grow the division’s engagement efforts, major gift pipeline to increase the level of annual private support.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships and strong relationships with each of the Earth Systems Science Deans, while exemplifying the OSUF core values and being a university citizen.

Key Partners

In addition to OSU Foundation colleagues, the key partners for this position include the Deans of the College of Agricultural Sciences; the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and the College of Forestry, along with their respective leadership teams.

Major Duties

The Senior Director of Development will: 

Provide overall leadership for the fundraising programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences; the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and the College of Forestry, and will supervise and manage all assigned staff. 

Serve as the chief development officer for the College of Agricultural Sciences and work closely with the Dean and the senior team to identify and advance the philanthropic priorities of the college and to create an articulate and compelling case for support for the college.

Increase alumni engagement through event participation, volunteering opportunities, and giving, to broaden and deepen meaningful relationships on behalf of the division.

Develop and implement a long-range strategic planning process to increase and grow the major gift pipeline and overall fundraising success over throughout the campaign for the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences; Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and Forestry.

Provide visible leadership across the entire organization, in addition to the division, as a member of the foundation’s leadership team by engaging in organization-wide activities such as development management meetings, all-staff meetings, and staff events.

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Proven track record of successful major gift fundraising, especially at the $1 million level and above
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate a strong and compelling case for support
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships with colleagues at the Foundation, college, and university
  • Proven track record of successfully managing, coaching, and motivating staff toward greater productivity and efficiency
  • Ability to effectively represent the interests and fundraising priorities of the college, while also maintaining a high degree of enterprise perspective by acting in the best interests of the foundation and the university at all times
  • Strategic, hardworking, and able to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Ability to apply creative and entrepreneurial thinking, while applying sound judgment and conducting oneself with integrity
  • Ability to effectively manage volunteer boards to assist with donor relationship development and to advance significant philanthropic support for the college

Physical Work Requirements include the ability to stand, sit, talk, hear and use hands and fingers using technical devices; use close vision due pc work; work effectively with moderate office noise; maintain regular, predictable office attendance; occasionally work on weekends, after business operating hours and under strict deadlines; engage in regular and ongoing contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise); travel by various modes of transportation occasionally requiring overnight and/or weekend stays.   

Required Minimum Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree and ten years of major gift development experience in higher education or related work experience. Education and experience equivalencies will be considered.  Significant evening and occasional weekend work will be required. Must be able / willing to travel frequently, at times requiring overnight stays, and by various modes of transportation.

OSU Foundation and Alumni Association Core Values

We strive to be one of the best places to work in the country.  We know that our success depends in large part on the people who carry out our mission.  It’s what we do –and how we do it -- that makes the difference.  Our core values reflect our approach to work and to each other, and we are committed to conduct consistent with these values.

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