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Senior Director of Development for the Barton School of Business
Director of Development for the College of Health Professions


Senior Director of Development for the Barton School of Business

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks a high-performing, motivated, self-starter to serve in the newly created position of senior director of development responsible for raising major gifts in support of the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

The Barton School of Business is one of six degree-granting colleges at Wichita State University and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, Real Estate, Decision Sciences, & Management Information Systems.  The Barton School is among only 165 business schools world-wide to have achieved accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for all of its undergraduate and graduate business and accounting programs.

With nearly 15,000 students, Wichita State University has been the linchpin of higher education in south-central Kansas by combining a traditional college experience with the advantages of being located in the state’s cultural and industrial hub. Dr. John Bardo is in his second year as the president of Wichita State University and is moving quickly with a broad agenda for campus improvements and growth. A multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2014, with many initiatives currently being identified for programmatic and facilities funding opportunities.  A new building to house the Barton School of Business is anticipated to be part of this campaign.  Half of the projected $70 million cost for this facility will be raised from private sources. This will be an exciting time to be part of the WSU Foundation staff.

Primary responsibilities for the Senior Director of Development are to identify, cultivate and solicit individual and organizational major gift prospects, and steward donors. This position will supervise the Director of Development for the Barton School and is one of seven major gift officers who report to the Vice President for Development of the WSU Foundation.

Requirements include:

  • At least seven years or equivalent of successful work experience in major gift solicitation, marketing, or financial services. 
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution. 
  • Attitude-focused on core values of integrity, relationships, teamwork and service.
  • The commitment to maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials.
  • Self-motivated to set, attain and surpass goals, with minimal supervision.
  • Some regional and national travel.


As an independently incorporated not-for-profit organization, the WSU Foundation’s mission is “to enhance a community of learning excellence for our students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship” by facilitating the philanthropic interests of donors with the educational needs of WSU students, faculty and staff.  The Foundation employs more than 35 staff serving in fundraising, accounting, communications, administrative and support roles.  In this fast-paced, fulfilling environment, the Foundation manages over $237 million in total assets and secured more than $22.5 million in new gifts from nearly 13,700 donors during the 2013 fiscal year.  The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, salary requirements and at least three professional references to:

Linda J. Gill
WSU Foundation
linda.gill@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  June 11, 2014, or until position is filled
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.
Questions, comments? Please contact Linda Gill at 316-978-3815 or at linda.gill@wichita.edu


Director of Development for the College of Health Professions

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks a high-performing, motivated, self-starter to serve as the director of development responsible for raising major gifts in support of the College of Health Professions. This position is one of seven major gift officers who report to the Vice President for Development of the WSU Foundation.

As one of Wichita State University's six degree-granting colleges, the College of Health Professions offers twenty-three health professions programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degree levels. These programs are organized within three schools, The School of Oral Health (which includes the Advanced Education in General Dentistry post-doctoral residency program and Dental Hygiene), the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences (which includes Communication Sciences and Disorders, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Public Health Sciences).

With nearly 15,000 students, Wichita State University has been the linchpin of higher education in south-central Kansas by combining a traditional college experience with the advantages of being located in the state’s cultural and industrial hub. Dr. John Bardo is in his second year as the president of Wichita State University and is moving quickly with a broad agenda for campus improvements and growth. A multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2014, with many initiatives currently being identified for programmatic and facilities funding opportunities.  This will be an exciting time to be part of the WSU Foundation staff.

Primary responsibilities for the Director of Development are to identify, cultivate and solicit individual and organizational major gift prospects, and steward donors.

Requirements include:

  • At least five years or equivalent of successful work experience in major gift solicitation, marketing, or financial services.
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution. 
  • Attitude-focused on core values of integrity, relationships, teamwork and service.
  • The commitment to maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials.
  • Self-motivated to set, attain and surpass goals, with minimal supervision.
  • Some regional and national travel.


As an independently incorporated not-for-profit organization, the WSU Foundation’s mission is “to enhance a community of learning excellence for our students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship” by facilitating the philanthropic interests of donors with the educational needs of WSU students, faculty and staff.  The Foundation employs more than 35 staff serving in fundraising, accounting, communications, administrative and support roles.  In this fast-paced, fulfilling environment, the Foundation manages over $237 million in total assets and secured more than $22.5 million in new gifts from nearly 13,700 donors during the 2013 fiscal year.  The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.  

Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, salary requirements and at least three professional references to:

Linda J. Gill
WSU Foundation
linda.gill@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  June 11, 2014, or until position is filled
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.
Questions, comments? Please contact Linda Gill at 316-978-3815 or at linda.gill@wichita.edu


Human Resources Manager

The Wichita State University Foundation is looking for a leader in the human resources field who will be professional, diplomatic, relatable and employee-focused. The desired candidate will emphasize professional development, employee retention and a quality culture. This position will perform the duties of an HR Generalist, including overseeing the hiring processes, new employee onboarding, employee benefits and records, and payroll processes, and also will lead the WSU Foundation Staff Development Committee.

The successful candidate:

    • is a college graduate with a degree from an accredited institution
    • has four years of human resources experience; payroll processing experience preferred
    • is proficient in Microsoft Office; Blackbaud software preferred
    • demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills
    • is able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
    • is highly self-motivated with a strong work ethic
    • will maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials
    • affirms the core values of the Foundation of Relationships, Integrity, Teamwork and Service

Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, and at least three professional references to:

Patsy Selby
Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
WSU Foundation
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0002
patsy.selby@wichita.edu
Application deadline October 8, 2014
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.