Director of Development
Job Details
Chesterfield MO - Chesterfield, MO
Full Time
4 Year Degree

SUMMARY:  Logan University is welcoming applications for a Director of Development to assist in the development and execution of fundraising strategy. This newly created role is a part of a strategic investment in the growth and expansion of Logan's Institutional Advancement department. The ideal candidate will be committed to building a successful program using techniques and tactics that are new to the University. He/She must be comfortable in a start-up environment, developing new strategies rather than executing long-established programs. He/She should be an ambitious and visionary development professional, strong strategic thinker, with a willingness to learn and grow as the program matures. The Director of Development will be based at Logan University's main campus in Chesterfield, MO, but can expect to travel to cultivate/solicit donors and meet the needs of the University. The Director of Development will report to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.



  1. Serve as a partner to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement in executing all phases of a comprehensive annual advancement plan, including a focus on mid-Level and major gifts, direct mail, special events, planned giving, corporate/foundation giving, donor relations, and donor stewardship.
  2. Proactively maintain relationships with a personal portfolio of donors, developing and executing strategies leading to solicitation and investment that leverages the donor’s interests and connects them to Logan’s giving opportunities. The Director of Development will also collaborate with Logan colleagues and volunteers to identify and cultivate donors outside of his/her assigned portfolio.
  3. Assist in the strengthening of development infrastructure and systems, developing and refining fundraising policies and procedures, and using data and analytics to drive efficiencies.
  4. Develop written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials in close collaboration with advancement staff and other faculty/staff. Coordinate the timely creation and submission of a wide range of materials.
  5. Work with the VP of Institutional Advancement to reinforce best-practice fundraising programs to maximize private support over short, medium, and long-term horizons in support of the Logan’s mission, vision and values. Sustain and enhance an emerging donor-centered advancement culture of philanthropy.
  6. Direct the implementation of fundraising strategies that are new to Logan, analyze research to identify new sources of institutional giving, and use the prospect management and tracking database to record and coordinate moves management.
  7. Develop a reporting structure to track fundraising progress against stated goals and present the information to the VP of Institutional Advancement on a consistent and regular schedule.
  8. Travel when necessary to execute strategic development plans for regional and national major donor prospects.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned to support the goals of the department and/or Logan University.



COMPETENCIES:  Must be detail minded, have good organizational and verbal and written communication skills, including ability to proof own work for grammar and spelling.  Must be able to work well independently or with others. 


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Development generalist with Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field and seven or more years of experience in a professional fundraising environment. Master's Degree and/or CFRE certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of, and experience executing the major components of a development program.
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure.
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working in fast-paced, multi-tasked environment. Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to balance multiple concurrent priorities. Ability to set and manage deadlines.
  • Experience utilizing a donor database and development tracking software to drive program strategy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills. Strong listening and problem-solving abilities with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, and to handle sensitive and proprietary financial information.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems.
  •  Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Logan University.


Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft products, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher and ability to learn new programs as needed. 


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  None required.


Other Qualifications: Requires some travel, including weekends. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms and talk and hear to answer phones, work on computer and to use office equipment, reach for files, documents, pens, pencils, etc.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision to read and write reports and to use computer.  Must occasionally stoop or kneel to perform filing duties.  Must occasionally lift stacks of paper and brochures weighing up to 10 pounds.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the individual is exposed to a typical indoor office environment.  The noise level is usually moderate.


NOTE:  This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed.   The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

 An employee is expected to assist and provide coverage for coworkers during peak periods, vacation days or sick days at all locations, and to work with administration in the attainment of the College's missions and goals.

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