Assistant Dean of Development, College of Business
FSU Foundation - Tallahassee, FL

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Position Title: Assistant Dean of Development

Department: Constituent Programs

Division: College of Business

Reports To: Vice President for Constituent Programs

Supervises: Senior Development Officers (2), Development Officers (2)

Position Purpose

The Assistant Dean of Development strategically designs and executes a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of high-level prospects for the College of Business. The Assistant Dean for Development secures, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift level ($100,000) while also identifying, developing and managing a portfolio primarily consisting of $1,000,000 and above donors. The Assistant Dean of Development will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Florida State University Foundation.

Job Requirements Principal Responsibilities
  • Serving as the chief strategist, develops, oversees and coordinates the fundraising plans of the College with the Dean of Business and the Vice President for Constituent Programs of the FSU Foundation
  • Facilitates the development, maintenance and monitoring of strategically aligned staff work plans
  • Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect pipeline and portfolio with a giving capacity of $100,000 or more, while concentrating on the development of principal gift prospects at the $1,000,000 and up level
  • Provides oversight and assistance in the determination of the feasibility and type of giving vehicle best suited to the needs of the donor, the College of Business and the University
  • Prepares proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation
  • Reviews gift agreements for proper gift documentation
  • Prepares prospect materials for the President of the University, the Vice President for University Advancement, the Dean of Business and other senior administration as appropriate to a prospect’s situation
  • Supervises and assists in the professional development of the College of Business fundraising staff, to include the monitoring of fundraising metrics
  • Leads staff in establishing a strong philanthropic focused and supportive work environment in alignment with the Foundation’s operating principles
  • Responsible for cost center budget development and management, including expense reports under the direction of the Vice President for Constituent Programs of the FSU Foundation
  • Facilitates meetings, initiating up to date communications, informational exchanges and project / philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs
  • Prepares correspondence with prospects and all contact reporting in a professional and timely manner
  • Maintains donor interest and enthusiasm through stewardship activities
  • Designs and develops a volunteer structure in support of the College of Business’ fund raising efforts
  • Ensures direct activities with prospects are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University
  • Coordinates with FSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects for planned, corporate and foundation and major giving
  • Effectively communicates organization’s mission and represents the organization’s culture to external stakeholders.
  • Protects confidential information
Education & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in major gift development in a university setting with a strong preference given to those with College of Business experience
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience required
  • Campaign experience preferred
  • Proven success in the closure of principal gifts at the $1,000,000 and above level
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite
Physical and Mental Requirements
  • Must be conversant with FSU alumni, faculty and staff members with similarly qualified educational backgrounds
  • Ability to work affectively with volunteer boards and a team of alumni, development and communications staff to achieve fundraising goals
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to work autonomously outside of the central office
  • Maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and Foundation
  • Facilitate strong communications with alumni, including letters, surveys and telephone solicitation programs
  • Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends

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