Director of Leadership Giving and Relationships, Assoc. Dir. of The Ferris Foundation

Director of Leadership Giving and Relationships, Assoc Dir of The Ferris Foundation – Ferris State University. 

The Director of Leadership Giving and Relationships reports to the Associate Vice President for Advancement and will secure support for major gifts, planned giving, stewardship and fundraising initiatives for the University and to increase overall private support in West Michigan. Key to the success in this role will be the ability to increase Ferris’ presence in West Michigan, including Grand Rapids, and to engage key constituents in their support and partnerships with Ferris State University. This position will work closely with the Associate Vice President of Advancement in managing a leadership portfolio of donors, prospects and developing community-based initiatives and partnerships in West Michigan. This position will also serve as Associate Director, The Ferris Foundation. This position has a dual office reporting structure that includes both Grand Rapids and Big Rapids.

Required: Bachelor’s degree with driver’s license. At least 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant fundraising experience at university or comparable non-profit organization; track record of organizing successful fundraising programs and in soliciting and closing major gifts using a well-disciplined moves management program; and inclusive, innovative and collaborative leader who thinks strategically and is results oriented. Demonstrated success in securing major gifts in higher educational setting, or comparable non-profit environment. 

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