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Director of Development

Job Summary

Market Title: Development Director Lead

Working Title: Director of Development

Reports to:  Assistant Dean for Advancement, College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)


  • Director of Major Giving
  • Director of Annual Giving and External Relations
  • Director of Stewardship
  • Director of Campaign Strategy and Initiatives

Position Summary:  

We seek an experienced, positive leader for the role of Director of Development in LSA Advancement.  Our development team is exceptionally high-performing, professional, polished, and fun.  We celebrate a culture of hard work and outstanding results, while always staying connected to our organizational mission and values.  

You will guide and mentor four senior managers who lead major giving, stewardship, annual giving/external relations, and campaign/development communications.  You will foster a collaborative approach within these teams, between development and other LSA Advancement teams, within the College, and across the University of Michigan campus.  Additionally, you will serve as a proactive, transparent, energetic leader on the Advancement Strategy Team (along with the Assistant Dean, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, and Director of Operations), representing the donor experience at all levels and helping to strengthen our mission, values, and culture, Advancement-wide.

Salary Range: $205,000 - $225,000. Salary based on experience. 

Your vision and drive will shape our success in these key areas: 

  • Creating a compelling vision for integrating fundraising, stewardship, and donor communications
  • Building fundraising strategy around college fundraising priorities, including launching the next fundraising campaign
  • Implementing a comprehensive donor stewardship plan
  • Presenting powerful donor and alumni engagement opportunities, maximizing virtual and in-person events
  • Delivering high quality development communications on behalf of the Dean and LSA
  • Using data to drive fundraising success, across all teams
  • Fostering career paths and professional development opportunities for staff
  • Serving with enthusiasm and transparency on the Advancement strategy team, representing the donor experience at all levels and helping to strengthen our mission, values, and culture, Advancement-wide
  • Building and modeling success with a small major donor portfolio

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Who We Are

The Office of Advancement for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is a team of 70+ that is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to optimize support for the college, as well as creating marketing and communications that demonstrate the value of the college’s liberal arts mission to external and internal audiences. 

We believe deeply in the transformative power of LSA's research and education, and we work to the highest standards of excellence and with joy, in the conviction that what we do matters to our students, our state, and the world. 

Our mission statement: 

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. 

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • This is an opportunity to work with one of the preeminent liberal arts colleges in the world, helping set the standard for fundraising in higher education.
  • Generous time off and paid holidays
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, starting on day one of employment
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • A workplace that espouses the values of Positive Organizational Scholarship, placing a premium on the way each staff member contributes to and enhances our culture

Required Qualifications*

  • Education:  bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience leading and managing high performing development staff
  • Deep experience working with two or more of the following development functions: annual giving, major giving, external relations, stewardship, development communications
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a collaborative, team-based, positive work environment
  • Demonstrated impeccable attention to detail
  • Outstanding ability to motivate, support, and galvanize staff across development functions
  • Knowledge of and experience with positive workplace culture, behaviors and practices

Desired Qualifications*

It would be great if you already have:

  • Experience in fundraising and team management in a liberal arts setting
  • Substantial experience in higher education development 
  • Knowledge of alumni constituent databases and technology-based stewardship solutions 

Additional Information

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

This position requires occasional travel, occasionally on weekends.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website ( In addition to your resume, please submit a cover letter, not to exceed one page.  In the body of your letter, please describe how the position fits with and advances your career goals.  (Please submit your cover letter and resume together as a single electronic document, as the system will accommodate only one attachment.)  Your resume and cover letter will serve as a writing sample for the initial screening process. 

To be considered for this position, apply directly here: To learn more about our development community, including other opportunities, visit:

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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