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Director of Development

Montana State University Alumni Foundation
Montana, United States
$85,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Education, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

The Director of Development at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation (“Alumni Foundation”) is responsible for securing financial gifts from individuals, private foundations, and other philanthropic entities to benefit Montana State University (“MSU”).  Development staff have the important responsibility of establishing relationships with donors, working to ensure that donor intent is honored, and serving as trustees to insure donor intent is clearly communicated and honored.  Directors of Development can adapt language and behavior based on audience, are intellectually curious, know how to identify and communicate relevant information, and have the confidence to guide prospective donors towards a significant contribution.  The Director of Development brings experience in securing Major Gifts (greater than $25,000) and Planned Gifts (Bequests, Trusts, Real Estate). 

The Director of Development reports to the Associate Vice President for Development, must understand and appreciate the importance of higher education, be highly organized, a strong communicator, collaborative, and possess the ability to motivate volunteers, peers, and prospects.  A Director of Development is a self-starter, takes initiative to meet goals, must possess a high level of personal and professional integrity, is willing to travel and able to confidently lead a successful fundraising program including strategic planning, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation to meet performance metrics. 

Focusing on donor solicitation, the Director of Development works closely with Alumni Foundation leadership as well as experienced academic and administrative leaders in one or more assigned areas.  For each area, the Director of Development is expected to establish and work a gift pipeline and portfolio. 

  • Preferred Experience:  2+ years’ demonstrated success in major and principal gift fundraising, preferably within a university setting
  • Education Required:  Baccalaureate Degree or higher and relevant experience
  • Proficiency in computer software applications
  • Valid Montana driver's license or eligible

Alumni Foundation employees are eligible for hybrid work consideration after three months of employment.

The Alumni Foundation offers a full benefit package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance (all of which are 100% employer-paid for employee-only coverage), 403(b) retirement with 7% employer contribution, paid time-off, paid holidays, tuition assistance, relocation assistance and more. 

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