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Assistant Vice President for Development

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

BSUF Major Gift Officers

Assistant Vice President for Development

Ball State University

Ball State University welcomes applications for an Assistant Vice President for Development.

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.

The Assistant Vice President for Development will 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 Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 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. 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.

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

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution. 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. 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.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through July 24, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

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.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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 Sta...