Assistant Vice President for Development

Posting Details

Position Title

Assistant Vice President for Development

Additional Information

The Ball State University Foundation is expanding.

Now is your chance to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to reinventing higher education through philanthropy and cutting-edge partnerships. You’d be joining as we embark on our most ambitious fundraising goal ever — $300 million to take student support to the next level, both financially and academically.

If you’re looking for a high-achieving work environment with a culture of camaraderie and a mission to change lives, check out the job details below.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Manage Ball State University Foundation’s major gift staff; work in partnership with the Vice President for Development to create the philanthropic strategy for major giving; monitor staff metrics and produce reports; maintain a portfolio of 20-30 high level donors and prospects.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

Five years of professional development experience.

Major gift experience in higher education or related area.

Experience as a successful member of a multi-staff major gifts team.

Direct involvement with six-figure and seven-figure gifts/solicitations.

Minimum Other

Must be a strategic thinker with big ideas and the ability to drive positive change.

Possess a strong business acumen.

Ability to promote a best-practices mindset for the development of individual staff and collective major gifts team.

Possess exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, including a gift for public speaking and a capacity to listen.

The ability to interface with staff and volunteers in a collaborative manner and initiate and maintain relationships with donors, alumni, university and community representatives.

Curious, ambitious, creative, collaborative and service-driven.

Willingness and ability to travel; possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution.

Preferred Experience

Experience with one or more of the other non-major gift areas such as planned giving, corporate giving and foundation grants.

At least seven years of experience in successful fundraising and in planning and implementing a comprehensive campaign.

Experience in higher education or comparable area.

Leadership of a multi-staff major gifts team.

Three years of experience in higher education fundraising.

Preferred Other

The ability to effectively represent Ball State University Foundation to internal and external constituents; supportive of the mission, philosophy and values of Ball State University; action oriented; the ability to empower.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

College/Constituent Directors of Development

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


BSUF Major Gift Officers:115008

Department Information

Department Email or Phone Number

Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Plan, direct, and manage all activities and professional staffing of assigned major gifts team; develop and implement an annual operating plan for the area; includes the articulation of broad goals, specific program objectives, and individual fundraising metrics; provide regular reports charting progress against these operating goals; effective use of moves-management systems.



Job Duty

Responsible for interviewing and selection, supervision, coaching, performance appraisal, training, and career development of major gift officers.



Job Duty

Serve as a senior fundraiser for major gifts, manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, and provide leadership for university-wide major gift donors/prospects.



Job Duty

Work closely with the Foundation President and Vice President for Development in the identification of fund raising priorities; execute or direct the execution of fund raising programs to attain such priorities.



Job Duty

Demonstrate people management experience with excellent coaching and talent development skills.



Job Duty

Consult with senior university officers, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to ensure effective coordination and understanding of the major gift development effort.



Job Duty

Work closely with key university constituents including members of University Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, Alumni Council leadership, community and business leaders, corporate and foundation officials, parents, alumni, friends and volunteers.



Job Duty

Plan, develop, and implement a major gifts program that includes the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual prospective donors and work with appropriate staff to help prepare and manage formal proposals.



Job Duty

Maintain familiarity with important issues related to higher education and public policy and keep current with new developments in institutional advancement through participation in workshops and seminars with peers in the field; participate in Alumni Association activities to build and maintain close relationships with key alumni.



Job Duty

Manage budgetary needs for the areas assigned with fiscal reporting responsibilities as directed by the Vice President for Development and other appropriate foundation leadership.



Job Duty

Represent Ball State University at public functions and special events; provide support in the planning and implementation of all capital campaigns.



Job Duty

Enlist, train, and motivate volunteer leaders to assist in the successful implementation of ongoing development programs.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Posting Number


Number of Vacancies


Desired Start Date


Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date


Applications Accepted Through Date


Open Until Filled


Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts

Similar jobs

Similar jobs