Organization: Michigan State University, Honors College
Position: Director of Development
Position Type: Full Time
Location: East Lansing, MI

Overview of Organization: 

A premier program of Michigan State University, the Honors College is a community of approximately 3,200 bright, academically talented undergraduate students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence through active, innovative learning. Promoting the intimacy of a small college atmosphere on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, the Honors College attracts the highest caliber students from across the country to MSU and produces highly successful graduates…more than 17,500 graduates, in fact, who are leaders in their fields and are making meaningful contributions within their communities and around the world.

The Honors College is an integral partner within MSU’s Office of University Scholarships & Fellowships – a collaboration between undergraduate education, the Graduate School, and the Honors College – which was established to support the needs of all students, at all levels, who are pursuing degrees in all disciplines. As part of the$1.5b Empower Extraordinary Campaign, University Scholarships & Fellowships has set an ambitious goal of $65m; of this, the Honors College has identified $13m in funding priorities designed to bolster scholarships as well as support for experiential learning experiences for MSU’s best and brightest.

Job Overview: 

This is an important moment in time for the Honors College as it prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary and at the same time, look forward – with great optimism — to its promising future. In this regard, the Honors College is seeking a creative, energetic, results-oriented individual to lead its fundraising program as the first Director of Development for the College.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Honors College and the Senior Director of Development for University Scholarships & Fellowships, the new Director of Development will assume the leadership role in continually developing the case for support, shaping and promoting funding opportunities, identifying new prospects, cultivating and soliciting gifts most often at levels of $100,000+, and building a strong volunteer base that supports these efforts. In this role, the Director will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 major gift prospects. The Director of Development will employ an aggressive, strategic moves management program, averaging 10+ significant personal visits and 2-4 solicitations per month. Approximately 20% of the Director’s time will be devoted to out-of-state travel in order to maximize the fundraising program for the Honors College.


  • A Bachelor’s degree; Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business preferred.
  • Five years’ experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or a related field or three years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development, public relations or a related field
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative team-oriented style.
  • Experience with “moves management” or related strategic relationship development.
  • Ability to “close” gifts or business deals with demonstrative experiences closing major gifts.
  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.
  • Travel involving automobile, airline and rail.

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.

Salary: Negotiable

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