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Executive Director - Development

Posted: 02/08/2023

Executive Director - Development


Executive Director - Development

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI.

DEPARTMENT: Office of Advancement

PAY: $88,000 - $100,000 per year



The Executive Director - Development will build and execute the strategy and annual plan to achieve the fundraising goals regarding major gifts within the Office of Advancement.

You Will:


• Drive the creation of the major gift strategy and annual plan.


• Build relationships with individuals, alums, corporations, foundations, and other key constituents to achieve Davenport University's philanthropic priorities aligned with our mission and vision.


• Collaborate internally to drive the formation of cases for support, proposals, and stewardship materials.


• Serve on the Office of Advancement leadership team, influencing overall strategy, planning, and execution in accomplishing short and long-term goals.


• Manage a group of two to three team members focused on advancing philanthropy to the DU Foundation.


Awesome if You Have:


• Minimum of seven years of successful fundraising-related experience.


• Minimum of five years experience in major gift cultivation and solicitation.


• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, which transcend diverse audiences.


Extra Awesome If You Have:


• A comprehensive background in multiple facets of fundraising including: capital campaigns, major and planned gifts, and special event giving.3-4 bullet points about preferred qualifications


• A commitment to advancing our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:


Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.


A caring culture. DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more.


A Healthier U. Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Diversity and Inclusion:


At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:


At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. For more than 150 years, Davenport has stood apart from other universities because of its unrelenting focus on ensuring its graduates rise to the top of the job market. Its unique approach to education offers students a career-centered curriculum and empowers them with real-world experience. Thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.


Davenport recently earned the 2020 Michigan Performance Excellence Award, the first university in Michigan to earn this recognition. In 2021, Davenport was one of seven organizations chosen for a site review, the final step to earning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


The university continues to be recognized for its work to create a strong culture and embrace diversity and inclusion. As a result, it has been named one of the nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For and earned the Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity eight times in the last nine years.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!


EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.


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