Director of Development

University Development and Alumni Engagement at Buena Vista University (BVU) is expanding as it moves toward a comprehensive campaign and has an opening for a newly created Director of Development position. This position is remote work eligible, with preference given to candidates within a six-hour drive of the BVU Storm Lake, IA campus. The Director of Development will play an integral role in the development efforts of BVU by serving as a trusted philanthropic advisor, educating benefactors about giving opportunities that would enable them to achieve their desired impact on BVU and the constituents it serves. This position will build strategic relationships that result in effective partnerships and increased philanthropic funding.

The Director of Development will manage a portfolio of major gift and planned gift prospects from prospect identification through qualification, meaningful and timely cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Director of Development will be responsible for meeting, or exceeding, individual fundraising and contact goals, which will be established annually with the supervisor, the Executive Director of Development. This position will perform other duties related to university development and alumni engagement as required or assigned. Regular business travel, occasionally including evenings and weekends, is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity, maintain a positive attitude, diplomacy, tact, courtesy, and a sense of humor. This candidate will have the skills and desire to: multi-task and meet deadlines; be a team player; work collaboratively; understand the principles and techniques relevant to nonprofit fundraising; and possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills and aptitude to work with people of different ages, temperaments, and backgrounds.

Buena Vista University is an independent, regionally accredited comprehensive university offering a blended professional and liberal arts curriculum. BVU serves a predominantly Iowa student body, many of whom are the first members of their families to attend college. The university’s main campus is located in picturesque Storm Lake, a diverse, vibrant, and professional community of 11,000 situated in the heartland of northwest Iowa.

Additional qualifications include at least three years of professional major gift fundraising experience, preferably in higher education. A bachelor’s degree is required. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.

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