Director Foundation Relations, Health & Science / Development Officer II

  • Michigan State University
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Jun 08, 2024
Full time Deans & Directors Development/Advancement/Fundraising

Job Description

Dir. Foundation Relations, Health & Sci / Development Officer II

Job no: 957931
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 14
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Advancement
Department: Foundation Relations 40001228
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title
Dir. Foundation Relations, Health & Sci

Position Summary

University Advancement is seeking a confident and entrepreneurial leader to help plan and co-lead the organization and operation of a comprehensive foundation development program for Health and Science at Michigan State University. This position will be a key partner working closely with, but not limited to, the College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Natural Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine leaders and faculty to increase MSU's fundraising in the foundation space. Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of foundation and nonprofit entities will comprise the managed portfolio. The Director of Foundation Relations – Health and Science will be a key member of the central Foundation Relations team and be someone who can assist in growing our philanthropic efforts that support the present and growing potential of MSU's Health and Science work. This position will primarily focus on foundation prospects with a capacity to make grants of $100K and more. This position will report to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations.



Plans and implements methods of prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation to match foundation interests with the strengths of Health and Science at MSU.

In collaboration with development staff in MSU health and science-focused units and the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, this position will be responsible for the foundation development program for the Health and Sciences and broader MSU community. The Director will focus on six- and seven-figure gifts, with required in- and out-of-state travel.

Regularly meet with faculty to support their foundation funding needs and to source potential foundation partners.

Be able to communicate CHM, COM, Nursing, CNS, CVM, and other applicable research/programs clearly and concisely to foundation staff, with the goal of building relationships and securing funding.

Prepare an annual operating plan that outlines measurable goals, objectives, and strategies to ensure fundraising success.

Foundation Development Programmatic Management:

Manage a robust portfolio and prioritize projects and research most appropriate to pitch to foundation partners.

Audits internal operations to develop standardized procedures and to ensure conformity with established policy.

Plans, hosts, and communicates at meetings and training of the public and university personnel to provide information on the college and/or university.


Foundations - to solicit potential donors and handle direct communication with foundations to solicit mainly programmatic and research support.

MSU Faculty - to educate, train, and partner with them in the development process, seek their advice on needs, answer funding questions, and collaborate on prospect/proposal strategy.

Department Heads/Michigan State University Executive Management - to consult and coordinate work within the university structure to aid in the identification of potential donors and gain support for special projects.

Michigan State University Vice President and Associate Vice Presidents of University Advancement - to advise on the progress of specific college campaigns.

Peers/Professional Organizations - to obtain advice and council on options being considered for programs.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public relations, volunteer administration, professional and higher education fund raising, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Travel is required.

Desired Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in communications, Public Relations, Marketing, and/or Business preferred.
  • Five years' experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, development of budgets, preparation and presentation of case statements and analysis of operations, or a related field or three years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development, public relations, or a related field. Previous experience working in fundraising, healthcare, the sciences, or the academic environment is a plus.
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, and written/oral communications.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating major gifts through planned giving instruments.
  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.
  • Travel involving automobile.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials
Resume and cover letter

Special Instructions

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Patricia Karam, Director of Recruitment, at

Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Work Hours
8 am - 5 pm with some evenings and weekends


Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Bidding eligibility ends June 11, 2024 at 11:55 P.M.
Advertised: Jun 5, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 4, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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