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Development Specialist, Director Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75751
  • Pay Grade: P12
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Principal
  • Family: External Affairs
  • Function: Development


The purpose of this position is to raise private funding for Boise State University through individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. To carry a portfolio of key major and principal gift prospects. The position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current major gift donors to Boise State University. This position may be assigned to Colleges or Departments.

Level Scope

Recognized master in professional discipline with significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. Establishes critical strategic and operational goals; develops and implements new products, processes, standards or operational plans to achieve strategies. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus; these projects carry substantial consequences of success or failure. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years’ experience or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, relationship building, creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to articulate and meet goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to raise major gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • A passion for service excellence, integrity, and strong work ethic
  • Resourceful and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing relationships with high-level prospects in an effort to secure major gifts
  • Competency in navigation of donor database systems and related software.
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Must be organized and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Development Specialist, Director

  • Prepare and implement strategies to attain the College/Unit’s annual and campaign development plans. Work with College administrators, faculty, staff, and designees to identify and define priority needs to be funded through external support.
  • Plans and implements strategies for donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Raises major gifts through pledges, outright gifts or deferred gifts.
  • Researches and cultivates donors to match the needs of the College/Unit with interests of prospective donors. Coordinates and cooperates with the Dean of the college on prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Assigns priority to development activities over more programmatic activities.
  • Manages relationships with a portfolio of prospective donors with responsibility for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Represent the college through external engagement with key partners and employers through service on community boards and participation in aligned conferences and events
  • Administration of member benefits and fulfillment, includes maintaining communication with groups.
  • Promote the evolution of new big idea concepts in the colleges and departments
  • Manage, direct, and motivate key volunteers and volunteer committees for the college

35% of Time the Development Specialist, Director

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Development Specialist, Director

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Travel locally to event locations or overnight

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.