Position Summary: The Development Director for the College of Natural Sciences assists donors in accomplishing their philanthropic goals while simultaneously working to help South Dakota State University advance its mission. This individual will work closely with the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and college leadership team on engagement of donors and prospects with great potential to support the college’s priority funding objectives. This individual will work with the Dean to set the strategic direction for fundraising efforts and implement a comprehensive plan for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts to increase support and achieve goals that truly make a difference within the college.
Relationships and Fundraising • Solicit donations to increase philanthropic support for the College of Natural Sciences and South Dakota State University, focusing on commitments of $50,000 of more. • Establish and manage relationships in an evolving portfolio of approximately 75 to 125 prospects and donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations. • Build and nurture collaborative, donor-centric long-term relationships with major gift donors. • Ensure consistent, appropriate, and timely stewardship through personal recognition, ongoing communications, and invitations to key events. • Effectively match the interests of prospects and donors to specific college and university needs. • Draft and customize correspondence, proposals, and other written materials for identified prospects and donors.
Strategy and Prospect Management • Gather data, assess prospects, and develop comprehensive long-range and short-term strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects. • Design and execute appropriate and effective cultivation and solicitation strategies to move assigned prospects through the gift cycle. • Develop a pipeline of future major donors capable of making significant gifts to the university by participating in the identification, qualification, and evaluation of major and planned gift prospects. • Maintain accurate and detailed records of pertinent communications and contact reports following prospect and donor engagements within database.
Engagement with University Partners • Ensure that the Foundation is viewed as a transparent, collaborative, responsive partner to be able to professionally address both opportunities and concerns. • Coordinate with the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences to create and implement a comprehensive major gift development plan. • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the priorities of the College of Natural Sciences, as well as major priorities of the university. • Collaborate with the College of Natural Sciences leadership team to identify and prepare volunteers, including Faculty/Staff, Trustees, and Development Council members, to assist in the development process when applicable. • Through collegial consultation and cooperation, model and encourage a donor-centered culture of collaboration that includes multidisciplinary priorities supporting the overall goals of the university. • Actively collaborate across the holistic development programs for the College including Annual Programs, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, and the Alumni Association. • Serve as an advocate for the College of Natural Sciences, SDSU, and the SDSU Foundation.
Travel and Event Attendance • Travel regionally/nationally as well as attend evening and weekend activities as required. • Annually attend/participate in a wide sampling of university and campus events related to your assigned college/unit and others that fall outside of your primary area or responsibility to gain a strong understanding of South Dakota State University.
Other Duties Other duties may be assigned to meet the organization’s needs.
About South Dakota State University Foundation
South Dakota State University Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation. The organization's mission is to raise funds and administer assets to benefit South Dakota State University, a land-grant university. 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 12,600 in more than 175 fields of study. In April 2013, the University celebrated the largest higher education fundraising effort in state history with the successful completion of its six-year, “It Starts with STATE” campaign. More than $255 million was raised on a goal of $200 million. The Foundation is currently undergoing a feasibility study for the potential of its next comprehensive campaign. The SDSU Foundation has assets exceeding $190 million.