Summary of Duties: The Senior Director of Development (Sr. DOD) will serve as the chief development officer for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and lead the College's development program and support alumni relations with responsibility for securing private philanthropic support. The Sr. DOD will report to the Dean of the Murrow College, with a dotted line to senior advancement leadership at the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation to set fundraising goals based on approved priorities and interdisciplinary initiatives, and to develop and implement an overall strategic plan for development programming that maximizes support for the Murrow College.
Other responsibilities for the Sr. DOD include the managing, mentoring and training of a team of College-based development staff. The Sr. DOD will serve as a major gift officer for 50 potential donors with the capacity to give $250,000 or higher. The Sr. DOD will work in collaboration with the Dean to support the College's Advisory Board (this is not a fundraising board.) The Sr. DOD must develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of University priorities and inspire the respect and confidence of the executive, academic, and volunteer leadership of the Murrow College and of Washington State University.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree and seven (7) years of progressively responsible full-time professional fund raising experience which has involved at least five (5) years as a unit director and three (3) years in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization including demonstrated success in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $100,000 or more, evidence of development of significant successful proposals.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.