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Senior Director of Development, College of Human Medicine

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Posting #:4969
Post Date:02-15-2017
Department:University Advancement
Type:Administrative Professional Supervisor
Salary Range:Negotiable


The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, nationally recognized as one of the nation's pioneers of community-based medical education, seeks a strategic, collaborative, and skilled leader to serve as its next Senior Director of Development to lead the fundraising program.  This is an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned advancement professional to expand and develop an already robust fundraising program and to execute a $100 million capital campaign as part of Michigan State’s historic $1.5 billion capital campaign.

 Reporting to the Dean of the College of Human Medicine and to the Executive Director of Constituency Programs, the Senior Director of Development will have the opportunity to increase the philanthropic potential of CHM.  S/he will actively participate in the Dean’s administrative team and will partner closely with key teams at CHM, including communications and marketing, community engagement and admissions, to ensure a holistic approach to building a robust culture of philanthropy.  The Senior Director will also partner with the Dean, faculty, and senior administration to articulate campaign priorities and to communicate CHM’s funding objectives to its diverse and engaged constituency.  In addition to managing a team of three professional and administrative staff, the Senior Director will directly and personally participate in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of principal/major gifts, and will also be an active and visible member of the network that includes Michigan State’s key donors located regionally and nationally. 

The college’s footprint spans the state of Michigan. clinical practice, research and undergraduate and graduate medical education takes place across seven campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. These community campuses are located in Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland Regional, Southeast Michigan, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula Region.

Three pillar communities provide the college’s foundation for research and clinical services: Grand Rapids, the college’s headquarters, is home to centers for excellence in women’s health research and Parkinson’s disease research; East Lansing site is on the MSU campus, serving as the hub for the college's educational programs, its highly collaborative basic science search and the University's faculty practice plan; and Flint offers programs and research in public health.

NOTE:  Position is located at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids and includes travel to the other campuses.



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; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional and higher education fundraising, public relations, marketing, development of budgets, preparation and presentation of case statements and analysis of operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Travel is required.


Undergraduate degree; an advanced degree is preferred; seven to ten years in professional fund raising preferably five or more progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development or medical fundraising; meaningful experience in or knowledge of all key development areas (major giving, annual fund, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations); proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership gifts at the six- and seven-figure level; a track record of success leading a development operation; an approach to management that brings out the best in staff and yields pride, ownership and a sense of team effort; superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clear and effective written and oral presentations; demonstrated ability to plan and successfully execute a significant comprehensive campaign; working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving; the ability to travel regionally and nationally.

How to apply

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Suzette Hittner, Executive Director of Constituency Programs at

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 4969 when submitting your application. 

Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

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.