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Director of Development, Major Gifts

Company: LSU Libraries
Date Posted: November 14, 2016

Reports directly to the Dean of LSU Libraries, the Director of Development, Major Gifts, will identify, engage, and develop donors capable of gifts of $25,000 or over. The Director works in conjunction with the LSU Foundation's Associate Vice President of Development within the strategic development environment of the LSU Foundation. The Director will assist in case development, and serve as liaison with student and alumni groups, and other directors of development. He or she will also manage the Libraries' Dean's Advisory Board, and its Friends group, and manage development-oriented library events.


The LSU Libraries is seeking a Director of Development with the creativity, vision, and talent for raising major gifts for the libraries ($25,000 and over). This position reports directly to the Dean of Libraries, and works in conjunction with the LSU Foundation’s Associate Vice President of Development, within the strategic development environment of the LSU Foundation. As a member of a Libraries’ staff of over 100, the successful director will have the ability to work in a collaborative and team focused environment.


LSU Libraries advances teaching and learning, promotes discovery, and empowers research that is essential for creative thinking, achieving the university’s mission, community engagement, and global leadership.


The LSU Libraries facilities include its 300,000 square foot main library, Middleton, and Hill Memorial Library, which houses LSU’s world renowned collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other scholarly material. Together, the Libraries contain more than 4 million volumes along with expert staff, advanced technology, and comprehensive information services.


50% Prospect development - Meets with prospects to establish relationships and leads them to donate money. Qualifies prospective major gift donors for portfolio; creates individual goals for each donor in the portfolio; establishes an engagement plan for each donor on the caseload that is focused on fulfilling the donor’s interests and shared passions; and subsequently executes that plan and modify it as circumstances change. 


15% Strategy Development - Manages the overall strategic vision of the Libraries development function and contributes to the leadership team's strategic planning efforts.  Works with unit 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).  Works closely with the Dean of Libraries to establish development and fundraising goals and ensures financial goals are being met on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, as well as soliciting major donors exhibitions, and educational program sponsors. Serves as a liaison to the LSU Foundation, student and alumni groups, and other directors of development. Utilizes the ADVANCE donor database effectively to document progress with donors.  Follows policies and procedures to coordinate appropriately with all fundraising agencies on campus.


15% Advisory Board/Friends - Manages the Libraries’ Dean’s Advisory Board, and its Friends of the LSU Libraries group.  Prepares development reports for the Libraries' Advisory Board and other constituents as needed. 


10% Event Management - Directs the planning and management of development-oriented library events.


10% Other duties as assigned.



Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 1-2 years of previous fundraising experience.


Preferred qualifications include a post baccalaureate degree; previous fundraising or sales experience.  Excellent interpersonal, administrative and organizational skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; a record of soliciting and securing major gifts; experience working with an advisory board and volunteers; experience in university setting.


Special qualifications include the ability to travel, and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. 


Special Instructions:

A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.