Sr. Director of Development

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Development

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The purpose of this position is to raise private funding for Boise State University through individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. To carry a portfolio of key major and principal gift prospects. The position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current major gift donors to Boise State University. This position will be assigned to the College of Engineering.  

Department Overview:

University Advancement is the primary fundraising arm of Boise State University. We work to build relationships and support for the university by developing and nurturing donor-centered relationships and stewarding gifts made in support of Boise State. University Advancement collaborates with the Boise State University Alumni Association, Boise State University Foundation, and the Bronco Athletic Association.

Boise State Advancement Vision and Values


Create the best culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement of any public university in the country.


Collaboration – Engage all stakeholders to the benefit of the university.
Communication – We are clear, concise and consistent in all forms of communication.
Integrity – We are direct, truthful and follow through on our commitments.
Inclusion – We proactively reach out to and embrace all stakeholders.
Ownership – We share responsibilities and outcomes.
Continuous Improvement – We never settle and are always looking for ways to improve.
Performance – We plan, execute, measure and report.

Level Scope:

Recognized master in professional discipline with significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. Establishes critical strategic and operational goals; develops and implements new products, processes, standards or operational plans to achieve strategies. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus; these projects carry substantial consequences of success or failure. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Sr. Director of Development:
● Prepare and implement strategies to attain the College/Unit’s annual and campaign development plans. Work with College administrators, faculty, staff, and designees to identify and define priority needs to be funded through external support.
● Plans and implements strategies for donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Raises major gifts through pledges, outright gifts or deferred gifts.
● Researches and cultivates donors to match the needs of the College/Unit with interests of prospective donors. Coordinates and cooperates with the Dean of the college on prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
● Assigns priority to development activities over more programmatic activities.
● Manages relationships with a portfolio of prospective donors with responsibility for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
● Represent the college through external engagement with key partners and employers through service on community boards and participation in aligned conferences and events
● Administration of member benefits and fulfillment, includes maintaining communication with groups.
● Promote the evolution of new big idea concepts in the colleges and departments
● Manage, direct, and motivate key volunteers and volunteer committees for the college

● Supervise development team in the college 

● Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, relationship building, creative problem-solving skills
● Ability to articulate and meet goals and objectives
● Demonstrated ability to raise major gifts.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
● A passion for service excellence, integrity, and strong work ethic
● Resourceful and self-motivated
● Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing relationships with high-level prospects in an effort to secure major gifts
● Competency in navigation of donor database systems and related software.
● Must be willing to travel.
● Must be organized and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure.
● Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years’ experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

● Degree in development area/fundraising.
● Experience working in higher education
Salary and Benefits:

Salary $95,000/yr. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for the position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment).



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Boise State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Boise State University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. As a federal contractor, the University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. View Boise State's complete Pay Transparency Policy Statement. If you require an accommodation to complete this application, please contact Human Resources at 208-426-1616
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