Director of Development (3 positions)

Brookings, SD
Feb 04, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Foundation is seeking three (3) dynamic and results-oriented Directors of Development to realize bold goals and implement a strategic vision for the flagship and largest higher education institution in the state of South Dakota.  Located in Brookings, the fourth largest city in the state, known for its welcoming character and high quality of life, SDSU is a vibrant community of learners and researchers with an enrollment of almost 13,000 in more than 175 fields of study.  In April 2013, the University will celebrate the successful completion of its six-year, $200 million campaign, “It Starts with STATE”.  To date, more than $220 million has been raised.

With assets that exceed $150 million and a professional staff of 27, the Foundation is expanding its development team to capitalize on the institutional momentum achieved during the campaign.  The three (3) Directors of Development each will serve in one of the following areas:

·         College of Education & Human Sciences;

·         College of Nursing;

·         Division of Student Affairs.

Focusing on major donor solicitation and stewardship, these important positions will work closely with the Foundation’s leadership as well as experienced academic and administrative leaders in each of the assigned areas.  Key responsibilities will include:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive major gift development plan for the assigned area.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide exceptional stewardship to a portfolio of 75 to 125 major donors and prospects.
  • Draft and customize correspondence, proposals, and other written materials for assigned prospects.
  • Authentically and energetically portray the mission of the university and assigned area.
  • Emphasize giving to support scholarship funding for individual students.

    The successful candidates will have a minimum of three years of effective fundraising experience, preferably in higher education; a demonstrated knowledge of major gifts and donor relations; persuasive oral and written communication skills; and a high level of personal and professional integrity.  National travel, some evenings and weekends, and participation in a variety of constituent events are expected.  A bachelor’s degree is required.  

    The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate resumes in February and resumes and nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled.  Inquiries, applications, and nominations – to include a letter of interest that reflects on the desired attributes, resumé, and contact information for three references – will be received and considered in confidence.  Materials should be electronically submitted to Robert Driver at Gonser Gerber LLP at  and should identify which of the three (3) available positions are being sought.

    To view the position descriptions in full and learn more about these positions, please visit or

    South Dakota State University Foundation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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