Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts – WMed

Posted on 02/06/2024

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

The Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts will identify and promote relationships with leadership gift donors with an emphasis on emerging gifts.


  • Develops and promotes relationship strategies for leadership and major gift prospects in assigned portfolio.
  • Assists in identifying potential leadership and major gift prospects, including determining the interest and affiliation with the University.
  • Builds relationships with donors and assists in coordinating strategies and personal visits for the involvement of institutional partners.
  • Assists in writing leadership and major gift proposals and agreements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited institution.
  • One year’s relevant experience.
  • Ability to motivate volunteers and donors.
  • Embraces the concept and attitude of teamwork in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to articulate the importance of higher education, and understand and articulate the critical role and priorities of the University and the development program.
  • Strong self-motivation.
  • Proven ability to work well as a contributing team member within a complex organization requiring collaboration, teamwork and communication.
  • Demonstrated experience using relational databases. Experience with office software applications.
  • Ability to work irregular shifts and extended hours, including evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of fundraising.
  • Successful track record in gift fundraising, equivalent sales experience or experience in cold-calling.

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