Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa has an opening for a
Senior Director of Development. This position is eligible to be a
remote and/or hybrid. This position will be a proven fundraiser who
will serve as a trusted philanthropic advisor, educating prospects
and donors about giving opportunities that would enable them to
achieve their desired impact on Buena Vista University and the
constituents it serves. As a senior member of BVU’s development
team, the Senior Director will use fundraising best practices to
manage a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects and donors
to drive fundraising activity and outcomes at the major gift level.
The Senior Director will build strategic relationships from
prospect identification through qualification, meaningful and
timely cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Senior
Director is expected to meet, or exceed, individual fundraising
metric goals, which will be established annually with the Executive
Director of Development. The Senior Director will work closely with
faculty and staff in developing relationships with potential
benefactors. This position will perform other duties related to
university advancement as required or assigned. Regular business
travel, occasionally including evenings and weekends, is
A bachelor’s degree is required and at least 5 years of experience
in institutional advancement, including a track-record of success
soliciting and closing major and planned gifts.
Buena Vista University
Buena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful Storm
Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since
1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blended
liberal arts with real-world applications. BVU expands access to a
quality education by empowering the people who propel Iowa forward
in order to power rural vitality and personal prosperity. We foster
an environment based on success both for our students and our
employees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community.
BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and was
recently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement
In Storm Lake you will find impressive amenities perfect for
families, students, young professionals, and retirees alike.
Residents and visitors enjoy an energetic downtown that is home to
a variety of locally-owned retail stores that complement several
national chains. There is an array of shopping, dining, and
professional services, as well as a vibrant arts and multicultural
environment. We are a diverse community in both population and
opportunity. Most important, Storm Lake residents enjoy a
relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. Learn
more at www.BVU.edu/StormLake.
To apply, submit an electronic application, cover letter, and
resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled.
A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.
BVU Benefit Highlights
- Excellent health, dental, vision, life, and disability
- Employer contribution to a retirement plan
- Generous paid vacation
- 14 paid holidays
- Undergraduate degree tuition grant and tuition exchange
opportunities for employees and their family
- Master’s Degree tuition grant for employees
Buena Vista University is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with
Disabilities Act/Smoke-Free Employer.