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Development Associate

Opening Information

Posting #:460589
Post Date:08-30-2017
Department:University Advancement
Type:Administrative Professional
Salary Range:Negotiable


The Development Associates Program in University Advancement provides entry-level positions that allow the University to recruit and hire individuals with the foundational skills and drive necessary to be successful fundraisers.

The Development Associates will serve as entry-level fundraisers within the central office of University Advancement. They will work within an environment heavily concentrated on mentorship and professional coaching that will afford the candidate an opportunity to learn the art and science of fundraising at Michigan State University. The set curriculum will focus on portfolio management of individuals, with an emphasis on the discovery/qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of Michigan State University alumni/donors primarily focused within the state of Michigan.

This is a contract position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension.  The position will be funded annually with anticipation that the successful candidate(s) will be well positioned to transition into a full time University Advancement position within a 12-24 month time frame.



Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally would be acquired by completing a four year college program in Business, Communications, Public Relations, or Marketing; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


A Bachelor’s degree; Communications, Non-Profit Management, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business preferred; demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and written/oral communication skills.


How to apply

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Vivianne Robinson, Director of Human Resources, Recruitment and Training 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 460589 when 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.