Student Affairs

Director of Development

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, MN United States

Salary and Terms: Probationary, full time position. Salary placement is based on evaluation of experience. MSUAASF Range D.

Appointment Date: February 1, 2019 or date to be negotiated.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled

Position Description: The Director of Development leads a segment of the major gifts program for the University and the SMSU Foundation while developing relationships with potential donors through effective communication strategies, meaningful engagement, and cultivation and solicitation activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in fundraising, financial planning, or higher education leadership
  • An overall knowledge of the advancement and development fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and success in fund raising methods and strategies
  • Short- and long-range planning knowledge with special emphasis on advancement, and foundation experience
  • Understanding of professional fund raising operations and ethics
  • The ability to work strategically, develop and implement constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Competency in problem solving
  • Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge in these area, Windows, Microsoft Office, donor databases, content management and tracking systems such as Blackbaud: Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability to adjust to new situations and change.

Please Note: Requires a valid driver’s license. Extensive travel, weekend and evening work required. The selected employee for this position can live in Marshall or the surrounding region. If located outside of Marshall, the employee will be required to come to campus for meetings and events approximately, but not limited to 2 – 4 times per month.

Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.



  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Preferred
  • Work Experience: 3 - 5 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

Application Data:  Letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume, and transcripts must be attached to your application.   Complete the online application process at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at: 


Southwest Minnesota State University, a member of the Minnesota State system, is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  SMSU is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities. Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability for the application and/or interview should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.