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Director of Development Major Donor Relations

MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, KS
Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 19, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications, Sales and Marketing
Academic Centers, Community Foundations, Education, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors, Religion
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Level: Management

Job Location: Kansas - Olathe, KS

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: 4 Year Degree

Job Category: Education


University Overview:

MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is a private university with a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, MNU seeks to educate students to serve with purpose within the educational context of the liberal arts, and a Wesleyan-holiness theological perspective. MNU has an enrollment of approximately 1500 students with half considered traditional residential students. For more information about MNU, see our website:


Job Summary: 

The position of Director of Major Donor Relations exists to assist the entire University community in obtaining the financial resources necessary to fulfill its mission and achieve the ongoing vision of the Board of Trustees and the executive leadership team. The major donor program at MidAmerica Nazarene University is one of several complementary areas within the Office of University Advancement to assist in establishing a strong financial base for ongoing University operations and strategic planning. The Director works closely with other program directors under the supervision of the Vice President for University Advancement.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Member of the development leadership team that serves to coordinate activity in fundraising and university relationships.
  • Works with colleagues responsible for the MNU University Fund, Planned Giving, MNU Foundation, and Alumni under the daily organization and coordination of the Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Has primary responsibility for organizing and implementing programs and activities that result in major gifts from alumni, University constituents, corporations, and foundations.
  • Assist the development team in identifying and cultivating relationships with persons and corporations who will donate a minimum of $10,000 annually to the University.
  • Conducts one-on-one solicitations, traveling as necessary, establishing and maintaining excellent donor relations, providing written proposals to major gift prospects as needed, and including University leadership as appropriate.
  • Has primary responsibility for corporate engagement and solicitation activities.
  • Plays an active supportive role to the Vice President for University Advancement in the planning and implementation of capital and endowment campaigns, especially related to major individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
  • Plan and implement, with the development leadership team, an annual program of work designed to maximize contact with potential major gift donors.
  • Organize and implement major fundraising among individual and corporate constituencies in local, regional and national contexts.
  • At the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement, represent the University in public meetings, civic events and service club programs where information about the University needs to be presented or information important to the University is presented.


Qualifications/Skills Required:  

  • A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement; preference will be given to persons with studies related to fundraising, organizational development, and community relations either by formal education or professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability with at least five years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or high education, are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the need for financial resources at a Christian college or university and to close presentations successfully is a necessity.
  • Experience in working independently in a fast-paced environment without extensive administrative support and exceptional organizational abilities with fluency in managing multiple projects and competing priorities with professionalism and grace.
  • Demonstrated communication skills in both oral and written forms are required.
  • A familiarity with the principles and practices of wealth management is preferred.
  • Experience with individual and corporate foundations is preferred.
  • Experience in organizing and motivating volunteers is preferred.


 Physical Demands:  

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Work Environment:  

Work environment characteristics are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Application: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. MidAmerica Nazarene University is an intentionally Christian Community and desires that all employees in positions of leadership reflect a foundational Christian position in word, attitude and action.  To apply for this position, attach the following documentation to your application:

In the Resume section:

  • Resume

In the Cover Letter section:

  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement of Faith as described below:
  • As a Christian, evangelical university we believe Jesus Christ is Lord and the final authority for our faith and our lives. Every aspect of university activity, from instruction to student life to business practices, flow from this truth. Please write a narrative document sharing your own story of faith and how it informs how you live. Please include your church participation, what drew you to your community and how you actively engage in that community.


Questions regarding your application may be addressed to Lynne Wilson, HR Specialist,  Questions about the position may be addressed to Evie Kowalewski, AVP University Advancement,

 MidAmerica is very much interested in reviewing applications from qualified members of traditionally underrepresented groups in America, including women and racial and ethnic minorities. 

MidAmerica Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, religion*, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in the hiring process, during employment, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.

 *Christian faith and employment at MidAmerica Nazarene University: MidAmerica Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees based on religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964). Preferred candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to the Christian faith, active participation in a local church, and a philosophy of Christian higher education consistent with the Wesleyan tradition.


Read the university’s full Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement at



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