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Director of Principal Gifts
Senior Director of Donor Engagement
Senior Director of Development for the Barton School of Business
Director of Development for the College of Health Professions
Director of Development for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Director of Principal Gifts

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks a high-performing, motivated advancement professional to serve in the newly created position of Director of Principal Gifts for an emerging comprehensive campaign.

This is an opportunity to play a key role in achieving support for the highest priorities of Wichita State University. The upcoming campaign of the WSU Foundation will be a seven-year, $200 million effort that will transform the future of the university. With opportunities to support new and enhanced facilities, student scholarships and fellowships and programs to attract and retain outstanding faculty, this campaign will have broad appeal to alumni, donors and friends of Wichita State. With more than 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.

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Principal Gifts will be to work closely with the President and CEO of the WSU Foundation in the development of strategies to identify, qualify and engage high six-figure and seven-figure donors. This position will also provide this type of collaborative support to additional WSU Foundation development staff assigned to principal gift donors and carry a small personal portfolio of assignments. The key role of this position is to provide mentorship and strategic counsel to WSU Foundation colleagues working with principal gift donors.

Requirements include:

  • At least seven years of successful major gift development experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution.
  • Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A collegial style with the ability to empower, consult and collaborate with a range of Foundation and University personnel.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize available data resulting in the creation of meaningful reports and useful recommendations toward a goal of increased principal gift donor engagement.
  • 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 nearly $260 million in net assets and secured more than $31.4 million in new gifts from more than 13,700 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Salary range for this position annually is $90,000 - $100,000. Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, and application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015, or until position is filled.
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.


Senior Director of Donor Engagement

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks to fill the newly created position of Senior Director of Donor Engagement. The director will oversee all facets of donor engagement, including communications, special events and stewardship, to build positive relationships with donors, prospective donors and friends of Wichita State University.

In developing and overseeing a comprehensive recognition, stewardship and events plan, the Senior Director of Donor Engagement will oversee three divisions of the WSU Foundation:

Communications: Develop print publications and online content to deliver effective and meaningful information to donors and prospective donors. The communications team produces a newsletter eight times a year, engages in social media and manages a website with broad content. The team also produces a variety of printed materials, including invitations for events, brochures, flyers, postcards and signs.

Special events: Organize and manage events related to fundraising and donor relations, including dinners, luncheons and receptions. Develop special events strategies to use in cultivation and stewardship across various donor constituencies.

Stewardship: Oversee efforts to acknowledge and recognize the generosity of donors to Wichita State. Produce an annual fund report showing donors the impact of their donations and verifying that funds are being used as designated by donors. Monitor the campus-wide awarding, tracking and stewarding of private scholarships held by the Foundation.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  • 5 years’ experience in fundraising, event planning, donor relations and/or special projects
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with high level administrators
  • Preferred proven experience managing staff

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 nearly $260 million in net assets and secured more than $31.4 million in new gifts from more than 13,700 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Salary range for this position annually is $80,000 – $90,000. Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, and application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015, or until position is filled.
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.


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 W. Frank 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 college 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 over 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 third year as the president of Wichita State University and is moving quickly with a transformation for campus improvements and an innovation campus master plan. A multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign is currently in progress, with many initiatives identified for programmatic and facilities funding opportunities.  A new building to house the W. Frank Barton School of Business will be part of this campaign.  Half of the projected $70 million cost for this facility will be raised from private sources. This is 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 major gift prospects, and steward donors. This position will supervise the Director of Development for the 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 nearly $260 million in net assets and secured more than $31.4 million in new gifts from over 13,700 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Salary range for this position annually is $90,000 – $110,000. Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, and application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015, or until position is filled
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.


Director of Development for the College of Health Professions

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks to fill the Director of Development position with a qualified candidate with experience in higher education fundraising. The Director will be responsible for major gift fundraising ($35,000+) and managing a portfolio of 90-110 donors and prospects.

This position will be the primary liaison between assigned college(s)/departments and the Foundation by coordinating prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with the college dean(s).

The candidate will exemplify the Foundation’s core values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Relationships and represent WSU Foundation and Wichita State University in a professional manner creating a positive image with all constituencies.

This position will be working with College of Health Professions which offers twenty-three health professions programs at the baccalaureate, masters 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).

Requirements include:

  • At least three years or equivalent of successful work experience in major gift solicitation, marketing, or financial/trust/wealth management fields. CFRE designation preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution. A graduate degree is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials.
  • Highly motivated and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Some travel with occasional weekend and evening.

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 nearly $260 million in net assets and secured more than $31.4 million in new gifts from more than 13,700 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Salary range for this position annually is $70,000 – $90,000. Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume and application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015, or until position is filled.
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.


Director of Development for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Wichita State University Foundation seeks to fill the Director of Development position with a qualified candidate with experience in higher education fundraising. The Director will be responsible for major gift fundraising ($35,000+) and managing a portfolio of 90-110 donors and prospects.

This position will be the primary liaison between assigned college(s)/departments and the Foundation by coordinating prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with the college dean(s).

The candidate will exemplify the Foundation’s core values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Relationships and represent WSU Foundation and Wichita State University in a professional manner creating a positive image with all constituencies.

This position will be working in support of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest of WSU's six colleges. With 17 departments, Fairmount College boasts a wide range of degrees, from geology and biology to history and communications.

Requirements include:

  • At least three years or equivalent of successful work experience in major gift solicitation, marketing, or financial/trust/wealth management fields. CFRE designation preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution. A graduate degree is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials.
  • Highly motivated and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Some travel with occasional weekend and evening.

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 nearly $260 million in net assets and secured more than $31.4 million in new gifts from more than 13,700 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. The Foundation is housed in the Woodman Alumni Center.

Salary range for this position annually is $70,000 – $90,000. Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, a resume, and application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015, or until position is filled.
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.


Administrative Assistant

A dependable, highly organized, detail-oriented and self-starter individual is sought to fill the position of Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations and will support the Director of National Advisory Council for the Wichita State University Foundation. Responsibilities include providing administrative support, scheduling appointments, coordinating meetings, preparing correspondence and other reports, preparing daily cash receipts, maintaining filing systems, tracking supervisor’s budgets, creating presentation materials, and interaction with donors and University faculty and staff. Salary range $31,000-$34,000.

Successful candidate is:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; desktop publishing preferred
  • Able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Highly self-motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Willing to work occasional flexible hours (past 5 p.m.)
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills
  • Will maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials
  • Has four years’ administrative experience
  • High School graduate, some college preferred
  • A good team player
  • 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 application (download application) to:

Rebecca Reiling
Human Resources Manager
WSU Foundation
rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu
1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2
Wichita, KS  67260-0002
Application deadline:  January 5, 2015
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer.