Job ID: 51482
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Equal Employment Opportunity
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& Veteran Employer.
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The Director of Development will strategically design and
execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic
support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation
and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $100,000 and up
level. This individual will secure, on an annual basis,
private support at the major gift level and will be responsible for
identification of potential major gift prospects. The incumbent
will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices
and mission of the Foundation.
Strategic Fundraising Development
Works with the Director and the other members of the School’s
development, communication and alumni team to develop and execute
strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the School, the
University and the Foundation. Develops, coordinates and executes
an annual major gift plan of the assigned school, 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 and feedback for the Dedman School of Hospitality and
the FSU Foundation; Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor
prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of
$100,000 or more; Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents,
faculty, staff and friends of FSU.
Central Development Collaboration
Coordinates with central development staff and other
cross-functional team members to identify prospects and develop
team solicitation plans for planned giving, corporate and
foundation relations and principal gifts. 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.
Volunteer Council/Board Management
Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated
with the Dedman School of Hospitality. Effectively communicates
organization’s mission and represents the organization’s culture to
Bachelor’s degree and six years of experience; or a high school
diploma/equivalent and experience equal to ten years. (Note:
post-high school education can substitute for experience at the
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel,
Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.
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.
Ability to facilitate strong communications with colleagues,
donors, prospective donors and alumni, including letters, surveys
and telephone solicitation programs.
Must be a creative thinker and a recognition of the impact of
Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work
assignments simultaneously and accurately in a detail-oriented
Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours
including evenings and weekends.
A valid Florida or Georgia Driver's License, or the ability to
*Applicants must upload a resume with their online
Advanced degree preferred.
Professional demeanor with a teamwork approach, and a can-do,
Minimum of four years of professional experience in major gift
development in a university setting. Experience in a related field
with basic knowledge of personal solicitation methods may also be
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This position requires successful completion of a criminal
history background check. The background check will be conducted as
authorized and in accordance with University Policy
How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as
advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. If you are a
current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with
all applicable information. Applications must include all work
history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a
*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their
online application. *
Open until filled
This position is being advertised as open until filled.
The hiring committee will review applications as received.
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