Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa has an opening for a
Senior Director of Development. 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, resume,
and at least three professional references. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the position is
filled. A background check will be conducted on the final
Buena Vista University is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with
Disabilities Act/Smoke-Free Employer.