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Director of Development, Lyman Briggs College

Post Date: 08-23-2017
Posting #: 458919
Department: University Advancement
Type: Administrative Professional Supervisor
Salary Range: Negotiable

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Imagine working in the best of both worlds…having the ability to tap the resources of a research-extensive Big 10 University while spearheading the advancement activities of a small, focused community environment: the residential college known as Lyman Briggs.

Founded in 1967, MSU’s Lyman Briggs College is a residential undergraduate program devoted to studying the natural sciences in their historical, philosophical, and societal context.  While spending time both in classrooms and in the laboratories, students build a core science foundation in biology, chemistry, math, and physics before focusing on a specific major.  Upon graduation, a third of the new alumni immediately enter medical or other professional schools and a third enter graduate schools; in the longer term, 80% of LBC graduates earn post-graduate degrees, mainly in STEM fields, medicine, education, or public health. US News & World Report consistently lauds Lyman Briggs as a “program to look for,” calling Lyman Briggs College and MSU’s other residential colleges stellar examples of programs that are linked to student success.

In partnership with the leadership of a dynamic and energetic dean, the Director of Development shall be a   confident, creative, enthusiastic and results-oriented development leader. This person shall have an understanding of and appreciation for the sciences in order to build upon the foundation of its advancement program. This person shall have experience managing a fundraising program in the environment in which accountability-based metrics are used as benchmarks of performance. The Director of Development will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals, corporations and foundations for significant 5, 6 and 7-figure gifts to support scholarships, programs and building renovations.   

The Director of Development is expected to be an accomplished, responsive and collaborative leader of the LBC advancement effort who executes an aggressive calendar of donor activity to ensure a continuous pipeline of private support for the college.  The Director will report directly to the Executive Director of Constituency Programs and the Dean of the Lyman Briggs College. 


Required: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in such fields as communications, public relations, business, science; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, or a related field OR three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive professional experience in higher education development, public relations, or a related field; knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving; this position requires travel.

Desired:  Undergraduate degree; advanced degree preferred; three to five years in professional fundraising, preferably demonstrating progressive responsibility and experience in higher education fundraising; demonstration of an understanding of the key development disciplines of principal gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and/or foundation gifts and annual gifts; 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; and 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.

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 458919 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.