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Director of Development - LSU College of Human Sciences and Education

Company: LSU Foundation
Date Posted: October 18, 2016


  • Qualify prospective donors for portfolio
  • Create individual goals for each donor in the portfolio
  • Establish an engagement plan for each donor on the caseload that is focused on fulfilling the donor’s interests and passions, subsequently executing that plan and modifying it as circumstances change
  • Work with college faculty and staff to secure project information for creating compelling giving opportunities (front-end) and reporting to donors on how their giving made a difference (back-end)
  • Utilize the donor database effectively to document progress with donors
  • Follow the policies and procedures to coordinate appropriately with all fundraising agencies on campus
  • Interact and collaborate with colleagues and fellow team members on a regular basis
  • Attend events or meetings as needed and performs other duties as assigned


  • Serve on internal committees as appropriate.


  • Collaboration: Works collegially with others within the organization, cooperating in both interpersonal and team relationships; fosters enthusiasm and maintains mutual trust, candor and respect.
  • Relationship Building: Develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with others outside of the organization.
  • Timely Decision Making/Judgment: Demonstrates the ability to make judicious and effective decisions.
  • Adaptability: Responds to changing circumstances by being innovative and altering behavior to better fit different situations; successfully works with new colleagues; willing to be flexible; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Tenacity: Achieves a desired outcome in the face of setbacks, obstacles or challenging circumstances.
  • Critical Thinking: Practices objective rather than subjective modes of reasoning and action. Maintains perspective when assessing qualitative and quantitative information. Appropriately challenges and questions common beliefs.
  • Effective Communication: Shares and receives information using clear oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Identifies and manages the emotions of self and the emotions of others.
  • Attention to Detail/Accuracy:  Focuses on paying attention to all details and aspects of a job or process to avoid substandard outputs.
  • Professionalism:  Thinks carefully about the likely effects on others of one’s words, actions, appearance, and mode of behavior.     


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of three years of major gift fundraising experience


  • A proven track record of soliciting and securing major gifts in a university environment
  • Familiarity with electronic university advancement databases
  • Exceptional written and oral communicative skills
  • The ability to self-motivate and work independently
  • Sensitivity to the need of diverse constituencies
  • A team player with a goal-oriented approach to work
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to represent the organization in a professional, positive, manner


The successful candidate can anticipate approximately 50% of their time to be spent traveling.



*This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.