Senior Director of Development, College of Arts & Letters

Michigan State University in Michigan

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 19, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Michigan State University in the search for a Senior Director of Development, College of Arts & Letters.

Serving as the College’s chief development officer, the Senior Director will drive strategic change through collaborative fundraising and by building meaningful and lasting relationships with donors. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of innovative leadership and out-of-the-box thinking, including the capacities to lead by example, to foster strong, supportive, and forward thinking fundraising teams, and to partner closely with the Dean to advance the College through these imperatives. The Senior Director will maintain a personal portfolio of major donor prospects, oversee a team of two development officers and one alumni relations professional, collaborate with the College and University Marketing and Communications teams, develop a robust plan for lead generation, and work closely with the Dean, advancement staff, senior administrators, and volunteer leadership to ensure that the College reaches its full philanthropic potential. The Senior Director must be an exceptional fundraiser, an accomplished motivator and mentor, an effective manager of people, and a visionary change agent who has a proven track record in successfully implementing comprehensive development programs.

As a core College at Michigan State University, the College of Arts & Letters is at the center of the 21st century land-grant mission to advance knowledge and transform lives. What differentiates the College of Arts & Letters from other liberal arts colleges is the extraordinary impact it makes at home and around the world by combining the strengths of a liberal arts education with a sophisticated understanding of emerging digital modes of scholarship, communication, and creative activity.

World-class scholars in the College teach students the skills of interpretation, analysis, ethical imagination, and communication that prepare them to be citizen leaders. Their scholarship and teaching challenge conventions in art, writing, design, theatre, digital media, literatures, and languages that enable students to navigate between different cultures to enrich local, national, and global communities.

MSU is nearing the sunset of a highly successful campaign in which the academic work has been enhanced as the development work has been expanded. With a strong infrastructure, the support for academic fundraising is robust. The College of Arts & Letters has embraced this robustness, first doubling its campaign goal (from $10M to $20M), and meeting this new goal. The College is ready to focus its fundraising on meeting new opportunities that will enhance student experiences, elevate faculty research and teaching, and allow for the service of the public good in new and exciting ways. Under the leadership of Dean Christopher Long, the College will transform into the next generation’s College of Art & Letters. Dean Long is best known as a visionary strategist rooted in the core values of liberal arts. His commitment to excellence and breaking boundaries makes this opportunity particularly appealing for someone with imagination and creativity.

A Bachelor’s degree in the areas of the Liberal Arts, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business is required for this position as is five to eight years of progressive work experience in fundraising, public relations, and/or marketing, preferably in higher education. A Master’s degree is preferred.    

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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