Director of Development

Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN

The Director of Development leads a segment of the major gifts program for the University and the SMSU Foundation while developing relationships with potential donors through effective communication strategies, meaningful engagement, and cultivation and solicitation activities.


* Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred

* Three (3) years of professional experience in fundraising, financial planning, or higher education leadership

* An overall knowledge of the advancement and development fields

* Demonstrated knowledge of and success in fund raising methods and strategies

* Short- and long-range planning knowledge with special emphasis on advancement, and foundation experience

* Understanding of professional fund raising operations and ethics

* The ability to work strategically, develop and implement constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers

* Competency in problem solving

* Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills

* Working knowledge in these area, Windows, Microsoft Office, donor databases, content management and tracking systems such as Blackbaud: Raiser's Edge

* Ability to adjust to new situations and change.

Please Note: Requires a valid driver's license. Extensive travel, weekend and evening work required.

Other Considerations

To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: A complete online application will include the following attachments.

* Cover Letter addressing your position qualifications

* Resume/Curriculum Vitae

* Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree

Additional Information

Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.

Additional information about Southwest Minnesota State University can be found on our Web Site

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for Minnesota State University Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) which can be found at

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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Southwest Minnesota State University is committed to assisting all members of the University community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the University Public Safety website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the University Public Safety Office in the Founders Hall Basement, 1501 State St, Marshall, MN or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 507-537-7252.

The report(s) contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Southwest Minnesota State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Southwest Minnesota State University's Public Safety.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities. Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.

Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6544. For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.

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