Job ID: 53479
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Location: Tallahassee, FL
College of Social Sciences and
Equal Employment Opportunity
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The Senior Director of Development for the College of Social
Sciences and Public Policy 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 range and will also be
responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects.
This individual will be expected to uphold and exemplify the
operating practices and mission of the Foundation.
Works with the Dean, the Executive Vice President, FSU
Foundation, 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 Sciences and Public
Policy, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an
established monetary goal. Establishes new relationships and
stewards existing 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 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. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive
understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit,
effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those
Supervises and assists in the professional development of the
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy fundraising staff, to
include monitoring performance metrics. Leads staff in
establishing a philanthropically focused, supportive work
environment. Manages the Alumni Relations Coordinator and
COSSPP Development Officer, initiating up to date communications,
informal exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the
Dean and faculty of the COSSPP. Facilitates the development,
maintenance, and monitoring of strategically aligned staff work
Central Development Collaboration
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. Protects confidential
information. Perform other related duties as required and
Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications,
informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with
unit heads, faculty, and faculty endowed 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 activities 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
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.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
A self-starter, comfortable working independently.
Professional demeanor, collaborative leader, and a can-do,
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 e-mails, letters,
and telephone solicitation programs.
Creative thinker that understands and can implement a culture of
Ability to prioritize, organize, and perform multiple work
assignments with attention to detail within a collaborative work
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 cover letter & resume with their
Advanced degree preferred.
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
Experience with Blackbaud’s CRM Platform or other fundraising
information management systems/databases preferred.
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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 4-OP-C-7-B11.
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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