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Assistant Director of Development, College of Human Medicine

Post Date: 02-01-2017
Posting #: 4852
Department: University Advancement
Type: Administrative Professional
Salary Range: Negotiable

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As the assistant director of Development for the College of Human Medicine (CHM), the successful candidate will be part of a collaborative team that plans and directs the organization and operation of an Advancement program for the college including the management of fundraising efforts in specific instate and outstate geographic areas, including the four-year campuses in East Lansing and Grand Rapids and two additional geographic communities in Michigan.  The ability to think and act strategically will be critical to the success of this position.  The assistant director of Development will focus efforts on face-to-face contact with prospects whose philanthropic capacity is between $10,000 and $100,000 and more, managing a portfolio of 150 major donor prospects.   It is expected that the assistant director will average 12-15 face-to-face strategic visits which result in “moves” toward major gifts, and 2 to 4 major gift solicitations per month. The assistant director will assist in prospect identification and volunteer recruitment and training through MSU’s capital campaign.

Reporting to the associate director of Development, the assistant director’s primary work location will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Secchia Center, the headquarters of the MSU College of Human Medicine.   Providing support, as needed and directed, to the director/associate director of Development, it is expected that the assistant director will also provide fundraising support to college locations across the state optimizing a combination of in-state travel and conferencing technology to best utilize time and resources.  Regular travel is required involving automobile; additional travel involving air transportation.


  • Knowledge equivalent to that which would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business

  • One - three years’ experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or related field

  • Must have a valid driver’s license


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Business or related field

  • Three years’ experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or related field

  • Professional fund raising experience in higher education and medical school

  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising and relationship development

  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Some knowledge of the Land Grant University

  • Collaborative team-oriented style

  • Experience with “Moves Management” or related strategic relationship development

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 4852 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.