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Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts and Letters - MSU

Company: MSU
Date Posted: May 18, 2018

As a core college with a focus on a broad liberal arts education, the College of Arts and Letters educates actors, artists, designers, filmmakers, linguists, philosophers, poets, teachers, translators, writers and much more while exposing students to the major cultural issues facing a global society.  The College employs engaged, talented and forward-thinking faculty and scholars to educate our students and bring public focus to the arts and humanities.  Arts and humanities education in the College of Arts and Letters fosters creativity, critical thinking and communication skills, the ability to see issues from multiple perspectives, and a solid sense of social responsibility in our graduates.

The College of Arts and Letters Advancement team is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and results-oriented individual, who has an understanding of and appreciation for the arts and humanities, to join its dynamic fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development. The College of Arts and Letters has exceeded its goal of $10 million as part of the $1.5 billion Empower Extraordinary Campaign for MSU.  The Assistant Director will be an integral member of the team and will focus his/her time and attention on prospects whose philanthropic capacity is $99,000 or less

Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, the Assistant Director will develop and manage a portfolio of 100-150 special donor prospects, employing an aggressive, strategic moves management program, averaging 12 – 15 face- to-face strategic visits per month including a strategic focus on the identification and discovery of new prospects, and 2 to 4 solicitations per month.  The Assistant Director will dedicate their primary efforts toward prospects in Michigan and the Great Lake States.



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; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fund raising, public relations, marketing, higher education fund raising or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or other related field.
  • Three years of experience in professional and higher education fund raising, marketing or related field; or three years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development, public relations or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • In and out-of-state travel required.

How to apply

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Christine Radtke, Sr. Director of Development, College of Arts and Letters at

All candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system the URL for that website is  Please indicate the position number 503704 when submitting your application.SU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.