Job Details

Michigan State University
  • Position Number: 3972705
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising


Development Officer II
Level: APA14
Working Title: Associate Director of the Parent and Family Program


Michigan State University is seeking a seasoned, independent-working, motivated advancement professional to plan, implement, and continually enhance a comprehensive university advancement parent and family program. The purpose of this program is to grow the number of parents and families giving to MSU and increase the depth of that giving. This focuses on engaging Spartan parents and families with the university and with each other; to strengthen the MSU relationship with parents and families; and to encourage their philanthropic support.


The duties of the Associate Director of the Parent and Family Program are as follows but not limited to:

Portfolio Management / Fundraising

Manage a portfolio of 100 parent and family prospects, with a particular focus on non-alumni parents.

Research selected parents and families to identify, develop strategy for and cultivate potential planned and major gifts.

Coordinate with constituency-based development officers, regional major gift officers and gift planning advisors in the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift parent prospects likely to support specific university programs and activities.

Develop proposals and gift agreements and coordinate with University Development staff to major gift parent and family prospects.

Maintain records and resource materials to assist in the cultivation of major gift parent and family prospects interested in support of university programs and activities.

Plan and host campus visits for major gift prospects with faculty and university leadership as part of the strategic cultivation plan when required.

Program Management and Collaboration

Work with Data Analytics and other university departments to acquire accurate and timely data from SIS in order to broadly research, personally engage, and appropriately code prospects in Advance/Ascend.

Educate University Advancement colleagues on program purpose, goals, and opportunities for collaboration.

Maintain, identify, engage and steward the Parent and Family Ambassador Council members and their philanthropic support.

Partner and participate in the annual MSU Parent and Family Weekend on campus in ways that will increase audience awareness for philanthropic support.

Execute engagement events (virtually and in-person) in our major metro regions identifying potential parent and family prospects.

Create communication strategy for providing information and to further build the parent network.

Develop promotional materials, transmittal letters and other supportive material required for discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Parent and Family audiences.

Serve as a vital member of the Special Constituencies team to support the Senior Director of Individual Giving.


Direction received from the Senior Director of Individual Giving


A Bachelor's degree, master's degree preferred.

Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

Proficiency in Microsoft Suite of tools.

Fundraising experience or experience in donor related work at an institution of higher learning.

Ability to speak in public and small group environment.

Collaborative and team-oriented working style and excellent interpersonal skills.

Strong work ethic.

Experience with "Moves Management" or related strategic relationship development techniques and practices. Understanding of database/audience segmentation and donor continuum.

Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals.

Understanding the importance of building life-long relationships between the university and its alumni and friends.

Experience working with diverse individuals.

Professional appearance and demeanor.

Self-starter, with demonstrated ability to take initiative.

Good decision-making skills, tactful, strong listening skills, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.

Proven skills and ability in managing multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including building consensus among team members and balancing multiple concurrent priorities.

Limited travel involving automobile, airlines and rail; must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


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

Candidates must submit an application and resume through the Michigan State University Human Resources web-based system, the URL for this website is Please indicate the position number 848498 when submitting your application.

We will continue evaluation applications until the position is filled.

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.

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