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Senior Director of Development for the Eli Broad College of Business

Michigan State University
Michigan, United States
$150,000.00 - $170,000.00
Closing date
Mar 20, 2024

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Michigan State University in the search for a Senior Director of Development for the Eli Broad College of Business.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Constituency Programs, the Senior Director of Development for the Eli Broad College of Business will lead the college's highly successful advancement team, serving as an exceptional fundraiser, an accomplished motivator and mentor, an effective manager of people, and a visionary leader. Serving as the college’s chief development officer and a strategic partner to the Dean, the Senior Director will maintain a personal prospect portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and employ an aggressive, strategic moves management program to ensure movement along the development continuum. As MSU strategically positions itself to prepare for its next capital campaign, the Senior Director will assume a leadership role in planning and assessing the next college campaign goals and priorities including recruiting and training volunteers, conducting a needs assessment of programs, preparing case statements, identifying and cultivating prospects, developing and reviewing proposals, and actively soliciting contributions. While funding from all sources of support is important, focused attention will be on the college’s alumni base of 80,000+ and—more specifically—on the more than 10,000 prospects with known or suspected principal and major gift capacity.

Michigan State University was established in 1855, and by 1862 it stood as the nation’s premier land-grant university. Over the decades, the university has continued to be a model of what a land-grant university can and should do. As a university of, for, and by the people, Michigan State University began a long tradition of empowering people through educational opportunity. Every day, Spartans work to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community. Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing, MSU’s campus is one of the biggest and greenest in the nation. The 5,000-acre campus is home to more than 51,000 students. Top-ranked programs, high-quality opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community enable those students to create personalized paths that prepare them to succeed and lead. MSU offers more than 400 academic programs and over 300 education abroad programs. It has an outstanding record of students earning Rhodes, Goldwater, and other prestigious national and international scholarships. Wherever one goes, there are Spartans working to make a better world. The MSU community includes more than 12,000 faculty and academic support staff and an alumni network nearly half a million strong.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities. The university is ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for learning communities, study abroad, and service-learning offerings. MSU also has 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations ranked in the top 25 nationally by the publication, including six top ranked programs—undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management and logistics, graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, as well as both online and on campus graduate programs in curriculum and instruction. The university also has been named a gold-status veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency eight years in a row and received a gold rating for sustainability achievements in 2022 through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Michigan State University is recognized as a national leader in the advancement of knowledge by the most diverse and exemplary cadre of students, trainees, faculty, staff, and alumni who transform lives through equitable teaching, research, scholarship, and practice. Michigan State University believes differences are assets. It fosters a community that respects and values a broad range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences and encourages and creates opportunities so all Spartans can reach their full potential educationally and professionally.

The MSU Eli Broad College of Business is committed to inspiring the future of business.  As one of the best business schools in the nation, the college is driven by a mission to create and disseminate knowledge through collaboration, while developing global transformational leaders who positively impact organizations and society. This mission is supported by a vision to be a top-of-mind business school as reflected by the recognition of its brand, the reputation of its people, and the ranking of its programs.

The faculty of the MSU Broad College of Business are award-winning teachers and researchers, editors and reviewers of top journals, and former executives applying workplace lessons in the classroom. They devote themselves to expanding their fields’ understanding around the world—and their students’ understanding in the classroom. Their efforts combine in numerous research centers targeting specific topics for focused inquiry and in experiential labs that provide real-world opportunities for students. The faculty and staff are committed to student success and seek innovative and creative opportunities to support students not only in the classroom, but also in the many services and programs offered, including the Residential Business Community, Russell Palmer Career Management Center, and the Multicultural Business Programs and various student organizations.

Economist named the full-time MBA top in the Big Ten for percentage increase on pre-MBA salary, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the online master’s in business programs as second in the nation among U.S. public schools.

A bachelor's degree or knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business is preferred for this position as is at least eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional and higher education fundraising, public relations, or marketing. Michigan State University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to MSU, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Michigan State University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $150,000 to $170,000 annually.

Michigan State University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Michael Carver at

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