Associate Director of Development, College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University in Michigan

Date Posted January 14, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

We invite you to consider joining the highly successful fundraising team at one of the preeminent schools of medicine in the United States, The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. This will be your opportunity to use the skills and talents you have already developed in your past fundraising positions to further the mission of an outstanding institution. It will also be the opportunity for you to add new skills and experiences that will prepare you for a leadership position in academic medicine fundraising.


The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and talented individual who will serve as Associate Director of Development. This position will be based in the Secchia Center, the new $90 million state-of-the-art medical education building located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has a national reputation for its history of innovation and excellence in medical student education. The college is ranked among the nation’s top 25 medical schools in primary care by U.S. News & World Report. More than 4,000 MD graduates of the college have experienced a unique combination of basic science education on the campus of a large, land-grant university, and clinical education in one of seven campuses located throughout Michigan. More than 300 paid and nearly 4,000 volunteer faculty are committed to teaching core institutional values that mark College of Human Medicine graduates as unique and exemplary: respect of and care for patients, commitment to community, and the incorporation of psychological, social, and spiritual elements into care delivery.


The Associate Director of Development will play a critical role in helping the College achieve its current and future raising goals; reporting directly to the Senior Director of Development. The Associate Director will be responsible for helping to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive major gifts program ($100,000+), to fully develop potential cash and deferred gifts for the benefit of the College. The Associate Director will work closely with the dean, associate deans, department chairs, and key volunteers to identify funding opportunities and advise on effective development techniques including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the College's prospects.


The Associate Director will assume a leadership role in developing the case for support, developing funding priorities – including endowment support, identifying prospects, and building a strong volunteer base in anticipation of MSU’s next capital campaign.


The Associate Director of Development will assume fund raising leadership across multiple geographic territories as well as provide fund raising leadership for several departments within the College.

The Associate Director will directly supervise one or more College of Human Medicine Advancement staff.

The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of 100- 150 special and major gift prospects. Further, the Associate Director will employ an aggressive, strategic moves management program, averaging 11-15 significant personal visits and 2-4 solicitations per month. Approximately 30% of the Director’s time will be devoted to out-of-state travel in order to maximize the fundraising program for the College of Human Medicine.

Requirements include: A Bachelor’s degree. Five years experience in professional fund raising, public relations, marketing or a related field or three years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education Development, public relations or a related field. Prior experience working for a medical school is a plus. Excellent writing and communication skills.

We are presently reviewing applications and we will continue to evaluate applications until the position is filled.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Susan Lane, Senior Director of Development, College of Human Medicine


An electronic version of this posting is available at – follow the “Career Opportunities” link.


All candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system (MAP). The URL for this website is Please indicate the position number 8894when submitting your application.


MSU 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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