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When you join our team, you become part of a group dedicated to advancing Wichita State University and its mission to serve students while contributing to the prosperity of our community and region. Our core values of integrity, teamwork, relationships and service guide the work we do and help create a supportive, dynamic work environment. Want to learn more? Check out our most recent job opportunities below.

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  • Assistant Director of Development – School of Fine Arts

    The Wichita State University Foundation is looking to hire a talented individual as an Assistant Director of Development with our fundraising team. This position will work toward cultivating mid-level support group donors through volunteer management and fund development coordination. This individual will be the liaison with the College of Fine Arts schools, overseeing direct mail appeals, support group Founders’ Day involvement, and other fundraising initiatives connected to volunteer donor pooled groups.

    With more than 45 staff working in direct fundraising, accounting and gift records, research, communications, donor relations, and support roles, the WSU Foundation is the premier fundraising operation in the region. This past fiscal year the WSU Foundation raised more than $63 million and we are gearing up for our next campaign. This is an exciting time at WSU with the expansion of both programs and facilities.

    The job duties for this position include:

    • Responsible for volunteer management and fund development coordination of multiple pooled donor support groups while liaising with the volunteers and the WSU College of Fine Arts and its schools.
    • Responsible for mid-level ($10,000+) individual portfolio fundraising through outright gifts, pledges, sponsorships, direct mail appeals, events or deferred gift instruments in coordination with position metrics. Position metrics include in-person visits, meaningful contacts, proposals, planned gifts, and dollars raised.
    • Represent the Foundation by attending appropriate WSUF, University, College of Fine Arts, and support group events and functions.
    • Work with prospect research in the identification and research of potential donors and the development of prospect information.
    • Collaborate with other development staff on prospect referrals.

    Minimum requirements for the position include:

    • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution preferred
    • Must be willing to travel with occasional weekend and evening work
    • Must have and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance
    • Project professional image at all times
    • Commitment to the WSU Foundation core values of Integrity, Excellence,
    • Collaboration, and Service

    Skills:

    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Highly competent in facilitating volunteer/donor group management
    • Excellence in liaising and building collaboration and trust with multiple stakeholders; identifies multiple avenues of engagement for individuals and volunteers
    • Highly motivated and must work effectively independently and as part of a team
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials

    Physical:

    • Daily walking, sitting and standing for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a telephone
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds
    • Ability to drive/sit in car (day or night) for 3 hours or more (to different city/state)
    • Ability to travel (fly/drive/train or other public transportation – overnight)
    • Must be willing to attend sporting and fine arts events which may include going up or
    • downstairs or other physical activities and are outside of normal working hours

    Preferred requirements:

    • One year of experience in fundraising or related field and/or volunteer management, preferably within a higher education setting
    • Knowledge of Wichita State University and a commitment to higher education

    At the WSU Foundation, we work every day to enhance a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Our primary role is to advance and support the mission of the university, which is to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good. Our team is passionate about education and opening doors to new opportunities.

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits, including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company match for retirement accounts after one year, and more.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter by clicking here.

    The Wichita State Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy of the Wichita State Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran in compliance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Wichita State Foundation will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 978-3815 or email @Link, Katie in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

  • Associate Director of Corporate Relations

    The Wichita State Foundation is looking for an Associate Director of Corporate relations to join its our team.

    In this position, you’ll play a vital part in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding corporate donors to Wichita State University. On a typical day, you can expect to meet with corporate donors to create meaningful matches between industry interests and the University’s strengths, forging new opportunities to work together, develop partnership potential, and share the benefits of supporting Wichita State University through the WSU Foundation.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Manage and build a portfolio of (predominantly local) corporate prospects with an emphasis on fundraising which includes achieving annual set goals for in-person visits, proposals, and gift revenue.
    • Create opportunities to interact with corporate prospects and facilitate meaningful matches between industry interests and the University’s strengths, forging new opportunities to work together, developing partnership potential, and sharing benefits of supporting Wichita State University through the WSU Foundation.
    • Collaborate with WSU Foundation staff and campus partners to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
    • Prepare briefing documents for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings.
    • Maintain up-to-date reports and records of all interactions.
    • Represent the WSU Foundation at appropriate events and functions.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organization
    • Highly motivated and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to manage complex time-sensitive projects with excellent follow-through and attention to detail
    • Ability to work collaboratively and build consensus among individuals with competing priorities
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
    • 1-3 years of experience in development, corporate development, or related field
    • Must be willing to travel with occasional weekend and evening work
    • Must have and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance
    • Commitment to the WSU Foundation core values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Relationships
    • Project professional image at all time

    Physical Requirements:

    • Daily walking, sitting, and standing for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a telephone
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds
    • Ability to drive/sit in car (day or night) for 3 hours or more (to different city/state)
    • Ability to travel (fly/drive/train or other public transportation – overnight)
    • Must be willing to attend sporting events which may include going up or downstairs or other physical activities and are outside of normal working hours

    Preferred Requirements and Skills

    • Experience in fundraising within a higher education setting
    • Knowledge of Wichita State University and a commitment to higher education

    At the WSU Foundation, we work every day to enhance a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Our primary role is to advance and support the mission of the university, which is to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good. Our team is passionate about education and opening doors to new opportunities.

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits, including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company match for retirement accounts after one year, and more.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter by clicking here.

    The Wichita State Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy of the Wichita State Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran in compliance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Wichita State Foundation will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 978-3815 or email @Link, Katie in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

  • Vice President of Alumni Engagement

    The Vice President of Alumni Engagement (VPAE) will report to the President and CEO of the WSU Foundation. In this role, they will support university priorities and offer diverse opportunities that inspire alumni engagement, by championing the lifelong connection between our students, alumni and friends of Wichita State University and preserves traditions and enhances university pride.

    As the visible leader to over 109,000 alumni, the VPAE will plan and implement alumni programs that strategically engage alumni and create experiences designed to enhance a sense of camaraderie, as well as elevate, celebrate and advance WSU. The VPAE will work to align the priorities of the university to the interests of alumni through volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and event participation opportunities.

    Additionally, the VPAE will maintain a cooperative and collaborative relationship with the development and marketing teams at the Foundation. Collectively, they will align alumni relations, development, and financial stewardship to actively contribute to the ongoing mission and vision of the WSU Foundation and WSU. This includes providing oversight and direction for the Annual Giving Fund that supports unrestricted giving to each of the university’s academic colleges.

    The VPAE will exemplify the Foundation’s core values and represent the WSU Foundation and WSU in a professional manner, creating a positive image with all constituencies.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provides enthusiastic leadership and oversight to the Office of Alumni Engagement; plans and executes the vision and strategy. Leads in the development of an Alumni Advisory Board and utilizes the Board to help in the execution of the vision and strategy.
    • Creates a robust alumni network to support life-long connections that obtain continued support for the University.
    • Collaborates with the WSU Foundation Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications to develop outreach strategies for email, direct mail, social media and the bi-annual magazine.
    • Develops opportunities for constituent groups of university employees, alumni, donors, and students to interact through community and regional events.
    • Facilitates the development of a student alumni association to foster engagement and connections between WSU students and alumni.
    • Supervises a team, providing management, advice, support and guidance of day-to-day operations.
    • Supervises the Annual Fund staff and provides oversight of the various solicitation programs developed and implemented and strategies to meet long- and short-term goals and objectives.
    • Assists the WSU Office of Student Affairs with activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community.
    • Manages the Alumni Engagement Office budgets, ensuring staff uses the funds appropriately.
    • Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of, skills to engage with those of all cultures or backgrounds.
    • Develops and executes plans and activities for alumni affinity groups (Wine Club, Travel Program, INTRUST Card Program, License Plate Program, etc.) and programs (Shocker Walkway, Regional Alumni Events, Alumni Awards Ceremony, etc.); identifies and cultivates volunteer leadership; develops strategies for the success of each group; and supports alumni affinity events and activities.
    • Develops and executes promotional events and partnerships that raise the visibility of WSU and the Alumni Engagement Office across the country.
    • Oversees the selection and distribution of the license plate program.
    • Coordinates programs recognizing outstanding alumni achievements.
    • Enhances the volunteer program to support the objective of engaging alumni in meaningful volunteer opportunities and serves as a source of alumni talent and resources for students, faculty, and staff.
    • Collaborates with colleagues across the organization and campus to integrate efforts and accelerate the impact of increased investments in WSU.
    • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and programs with university units, including Admissions, Career Services, Parents and Family, Athletics, Student Affairs, academic colleges and departments.
    • Works with the WSU Foundation’s Vice President of Finance and Operations to ensure the accuracy and utilization of records to further alumni engagement.
    • Other duties as assigned by the President.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with preference given to a graduate of Wichita State University.
    • Extensive leadership experience managing a team in alumni, development, marketing and communications, or public relations.
    • Solid management experience with a track record of motivating staff, embracing change, and encouraging colleagues to take initiative and lead by example.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
    • Project professional image at all times.

    Skills

    • Excellent communication skills- can articulate values, information, and compelling cases to multiple audiences.
    • High degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, and discretion; ability to maintain a commitment to confidentiality; good judgment and proven responsible decision-making skills.
    • Strong organizational and analytical skills with the ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic plans. Ability to lead groups and projects as well as function as part of a collaborative team.
    • An entrepreneurial mindset in order to engage all WSU alumni.
    • Ability to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines.

    Preferred Requirements and Skills

    • Graduate degree from an accredited institution
    • Knowledge of Wichita State University and a commitment to higher education.

    Application Process

    The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Wichita State University Foundation (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, it is preferred that applications are submitted by September 14, 2022.

    The Wichita State Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy of the Wichita State Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran in compliance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Wichita State Foundation will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 978-3815 or email katie.link@wichita.edu in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

  • Associate Director of Prospect Research

    The Wichita State Foundation is looking for an Associate Director of Prospect Research to join its prospect research team.

    In this position, you’ll play a vital part in helping maintain our donor database to enhance the potential for philanthropic giving. On a typical day, you can expect to do investigative research, data collection, and financial and statistical analysis.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Employ advanced investigative research, data collection, and financial and statistical analysis skills (using public records, proprietary systems, databases, published materials, and other resources, including our vendors ResearchPoint and iWave) to proactively identify, research, and assess the philanthropic giving capacity of prospective donors across the globe.
    • Oversee the identification of prospects to make the best prospects available to fundraisers and maintain ongoing portfolio monitoring and communication with development staff to meet their research and portfolio needs.
    • Utilize Tableau to visually present information in a meaningful and impactful way.
    • Work with the director to evaluate current processes and recommend ways to develop and implement updated policies and procedures, as well as create training materials and instructions, and conduct training for new and current development staff.
    • Produce executive-level professional, confidential research reports, briefings, and event briefings on donor prospects for the development staff and University leadership.
    • Ensure complete, accurate, and timely updates of information maintained in Raiser’s Edge as it relates to biographical, business, research notes, and prospect management data.
    • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Proven history of creating content and managing social media strategy
    • Experience working within a collaborative team
    • Strong knowledge of digital marketing channels and email marketing best practices
    • Creative, out of the box mindset
    • Ability to meet deadlines and follow through on projects
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials
    • Highly motivated and able to work effectively independently and as part of a team

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Demonstrated knowledge in prospect research techniques, technologies, and prospect management systems
    • Advanced analytical, evaluative and objective critical thinking skills.
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, project management and written communication skills
    • Highly motivated and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records and materials
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

    Physical Requirements:

    • Daily walking, sitting and standing for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a telephone
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds

    At the WSU Foundation, we work every day to enhance a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Our primary role is to advance and support the mission of the university, which is to be an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good. Our team is passionate about education and opening doors to new opportunities.

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits, including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company match for retirement accounts after one year, 22 days of vacation each year, 8 paid holidays, and more.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter by clicking here.

    The Wichita State Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy of the Wichita State Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran in compliance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Wichita State Foundation will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 978-3815 or email @Link, Katie in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interests in, and qualifications for, the position by clicking here.

  • Director of Special Events

    The Wichita State University Foundation is looking to hire a creative, detail-oriented individual as a Director of Special Events to join our Donor Experience Team. This role will contribute to the creation of meaningful and impactful events that foster strong community relations, increase philanthropic support and donor loyalty, and acquire new supporters to Wichita State University. This individual will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of special events for the WSU Foundation.

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company matching on retirement accounts after one year, 22 days in vacation days as well as 8 paid holidays, and more. It is a great team environment believing every position is key to our success.

    With more than 45 staff working in direct fundraising, accounting and gift records, research, communications, donor relations and support roles, the WSU Foundation is the premier fundraising operation in the region. This past fiscal year the WSU Foundation raised more than $60 million. This is an exciting time at WSU with expansion of both programs and facilities.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Working with the Executive Director of Donor Experience in developing the strategy and managing the execution of the WSU Foundation’s donor recognition giving society events which includes the Society of 1895, President’s Club, Holiday Reception, Scholarship Dinner, and the Fairmount Society Dinner.
    • anages the pre-event planning and post-event coordination to ensure event success.
    • oordinates pre-event meetings with stakeholders and vendors as needed to ensure all details of events are covered, confirmed and organized.
    • esponsible for tracking attendee communications, invitations and follow-up messaging
    • nticipates project and event needs, prioritize work, and meet deadlines with little supervision.
    • nforms and updates staff members and other involved parties throughout the event cycle.
    • racks revenue/expenses for all events
    • eads coordination efforts with internal and external partners regarding event specifics and details
    • evelops, plans, and maintains events calendar and records, and ensures alignment with organizational objectives.
    • evelops content for event correspondence
    • articipates in cross-departmental meetings and brainstorming sessions.

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with donors, volunteers and staff; display superior judgment and diplomatic skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills.
    • Enthusiasm, commitment to excellence, self-motivation, a professional demeanor, is highly organized and detail oriented.
    • The ability to handle multiple tasks with organization and accuracy.
    • A collaborative, team-oriented attitude.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project), internet research and strong knowledge of social media.
    • Experience working with databases.
    • Commitment to the WSU Foundation core values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Relationships
    • The flexibility to work early mornings, late evenings and occasional weekends

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Minimum 3 years of special events experience, nonprofit events preferred.
    • Experience with high-caliber, high-visibility events preferred.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance.
    • Project a professional image at all times
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials

    Physical Requirements:

    • Daily walking, sitting and standing for long periods of time.
    • Daily use of a computer for long periods of time.
    • Daily use of a telephone.
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds.
    • Must be willing to attend events which may include going up or downstairs or other physical activities and are outside of normal working hours.

    Preferred Requirements and Skills

    • Knowledge of Wichita State University an da commitment to education

    At the WSU Foundation, we work every day to enhance a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Our primary role is to advance and support the mission of the university, which is to be an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good. Our team is passionate about education and opening doors to new opportunities.

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits, including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company match for retirement accounts after one year, 22 days of vacation each year, 8 paid holidays, and more.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter by clicking here.

    The Wichita State Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy of the Wichita State Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran in compliance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Wichita State Foundation will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 978-3815 or email @Link, Katie in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interests in, and qualifications for, the position by clicking here.

  • Staff Accountant

    The Wichita State University Foundation is looking to hire a talented, highly motivated individual as a Staff Accountant with our Finance and Administration Team. This individual will be responsible for preparing monthly financials, managing reports, budgets, and stewardship of funds report.

    With more than 45 staff working in direct fundraising, accounting and gift records, research, communications, donor relations and support roles, the WSU Foundation is the premier fundraising operation in the region. This past fiscal year the WSU Foundation raised more than $60 million. This is an exciting time at WSU with expansion of both programs and facilities.

    Minimum Requirements for the position include:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting from accredited institution
    • Understanding of basic financial terms
    • Commitment to the WSU Foundation core values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Relationships
    • Project professional image at all times
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat
    • Demonstrated problem-solving and resourcefulness
    • High level of attention to details
    • Maintain confidentiality of information, records, and materials
    • Highly motivated and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

    Preferred Requirements and Skills:

    • Two years’ experience in accounting
    • Experience preparing executive level reports and presentations
    • Experience in data analysis
    • Supervisory experience in a professional environment
    • Database knowledge
    • Knowledge of Wichita State University and a commitment to higher education

    Physical Requirements:

    • Daily walking, sitting and standing for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer for long periods of time
    • Daily use of a telephone
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds

    The WSU Foundation also offers outstanding benefits including medical/dental/vision (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company matching on retirement accounts after one year, 16 days in vacation days as well as 8 paid holidays, and more.

    To Apply:
    Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interests in, and qualifications for, the position by clicking here.

    Application Priority is May 17, 2022

    WSU Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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