Director of Development for the College of Engineering
Wichita State University Foundation
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 Engineering. This position is one of six major gift officers who report to the Vice President for Major Gifts of the WSU Foundation. The College of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in six departments and is led by Dean Royce Bowden. Dr. Bowden became Dean of the college in January after a distinguished career in higher education as an engineering faculty member and administrator.
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. It is anticipated that an additional engineering facility will be included as part of a multi-building technology park for the campus. 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.
- 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 that addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, salary requirements and at least three professional references to:
Linda J. Gill
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS 67260-0002
Application deadline: February 28, 2014, or until position is filled
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer
Questions, comments? Please contact Linda Gill at 316-978-3815 or at firstname.lastname@example.org