Director of Development

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Development, College of Business & Economics, Advancement, Senior-Level

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. 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 Business and Economics.

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 subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

95% of Time the Director of Development must:

● 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.
● Serves as the main liaison between University Advancement and unit leadership and faculty.
● Manages relationships with a portfolio of prospective donors with responsibility for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
● Monitors and records prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect
● Implement, coordinate, and execute an effective and efficient donor relations event and activities strategy
● Administration of member benefits and fulfillment, includes maintaining communication with groups.
● Increase fund giving through review of benefits and improved donor correspondence.

5% of Time the Director of Development must perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Demonstrated ability to raise major gifts.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
● Demonstrated ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship.
● Must be willing to travel.
● Must be organized and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure.
● Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
● Ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship
● Ability to articulate and meet goals/objectives
● Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
● Ability to think through complicated processes and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years’ experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

● Degree in development area/fundraising

● Experience working in higher education

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range starts at $76,200 and is commensurate with experience. 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).

Open until filled with review of applications beginning August 31, 2023



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