Director of Development, Advancement

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March 16, 2022

Role:   The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director for University Advancement and is responsible for a variety of activities within the Office of Advancement. The Director of Development will maintain, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gift prospects, serve as a liaison to one of the five Schools and provide leadership to engage donors and volunteers in University’s Advancement Program.

  1. Maintain a major gifts portfolio of 100 to 125 prospects, developing specific engagement, cultivation, solicitation and appropriate stewardship of prospects, linking donor funding interests with University priorities.
  2. Provide strategic direction, oversight and leadership for the fundraising programs within one of the University’s five Schools, ensuring that fundraising objectives are met, working cooperatively with the School’s Dean, the V.P for University Advancement and the Executive Director for University Advancement.
  3. Engage donors, volunteers and faculty in the University’s Advancement program.
  4. Provide leadership and assistance to special initiatives and targeted campaigns as assigned by the V.P for University Advancement, Executive Director for University Advancement and the Dean of the assigned School, including the identification, recruitment and equipping of volunteers, organization of regional fundraising events, on- and off-campus committee meetings, periodic reports and other associated duties.
  5. Participate in reporting sessions with staff members, University leadership and key volunteers to keep attention focused on the progress of major gift efforts and special initiatives.
  6. Assist in the day-to-day Advancement operational issues, needs and management as they arise.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years of development and/or external affairs experience; excellent written and verbal presentation skills; ability to prioritize and manage complex projects concurrently; the ability to work with a diverse University community; possess a bachelor’s degree; and have the flexibility to travel and work nights and weekends, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

Documented track record of fundraising achievement.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, academic transcripts, as well as resume with contact information for three references online or mailed to:

Truman State University

Human Resources MC 101

100 E Normal Ave

Kirksville, MO 63501

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Review of applications will begin April 11, 2022, and will continue until position has been filled.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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