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Senior Director of Development

Company: LSU Foundation
Date Posted: December 9, 2017

The LSU Foundation, in conjunction with the E. J. Ourso College of Business, is seeking a mission-driven, experienced professional with exceptional fundraising abilities to serve as Senior Director of Development. Reporting jointly to the Dean of the college and Assistant Vice President of Development at the LSU Foundation, the Senior Director will build and manage a dynamic team of development professionals and cultivate and solicit prospect donors with the potential to contribute major gifts aimed at meeting the strategic goals of the college, university, and Foundation.For the motivated development professional, the E. J. Ourso College offers an unparalleled experience. Working in state of the art facilities, collegial collaboration is paramount toward the goal of securing major and transformational gifts for the state's flagship campus. The E. J. Ourso College leadership fosters and mentors talented individuals with a thirst for excellence and a desire to unite donor passion and philanthropic intent with college priorities.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manages the overall strategic vision of the development office; manages and coaches development officers toward strategic major gift activity
  • Maintains a portfolio of major gift prospects and ensures the dean is engaged with high-level donors, prospective donors, and volunteers
  • Works with the Advancement Services staff to track and plan identification of, cultivation of, and contact with donor prospects
  • Collaborates with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office
  • Assists with the management and recordkeeping of the college’s fundraising effort, including campaign planning and financial reporting
  • Assists in the communication and coordination of activities with fundraising agencies, including the LSU Foundation, LSU Alumni Association, Tiger Athletic Foundation offices, and outside parties
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least five years’ experience of major gift work or nonprofit fundraising
  • Proven track record of identifying, cultivations, soliciting and closing high level gifts from individuals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to be independent and a self-starter
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Significant managerial experience
  • Proven track record of soliciting and securing major gifts of $100K and greater
  • Familiarity with electronic university advancement databases