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Development Professional, Corporate and Foundation Development

KU Endowment Association
Job Description
KU Endowment, Lawrence, Kansas, is accepting applications for Full-time professional staff position responsible for securing major corporate, foundation, and individual support for academic programs and projects across the University of Kansas. Responsible for coordinating, managing, and soliciting an appropriate prospect portfolio supporting corporate and foundation initiatives for assigned units and programs throughout the University.

The Corporate & Foundation Development department, which consists of four members, builds, coordinates, and maintains relationships with national corporations and foundations across all campuses and units at KU. The department is a central resource, both externally and internally, assisting in identifying funding opportunities, providing research services, and serving as a bridge between the corporate, non-profit, and academic worlds. 

The individual in this position is expected to embrace KU Endowment’s stated core values – passion for KU, partnership with donors, perpetual support for KU, and a people-centered approach – and demonstrate support for them through professional interactions and activities.
*Note: This position will be filled at the Development Officer, Associate Development Director or Development Director level, commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Under the Senior Director’s supervision, works closely with major gift officers, University units, and other KU partners to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from corporations and foundations.
  • Independently develops and implements engagement strategies that will result in philanthropic support for University programs and priority initiatives, including the identification and cultivation of new partnerships.
  • In coordination with the Senior Director, independently assesses how best to utilize the chancellor, provost, deans, directors, and faculty in such areas as prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Evaluates new prospects, documents prospect strategies, and works to cultivate major gift prospects. Ensures timely, accurate completion of proposals, contact reports, grant agreements, and stewardship reports.
  • Contributes to ongoing research and monitoring of foundations and corporations using a variety of tools, including online sites. 
  • Position requires an extensive amount of travel out of the office to meet performance goals.
  • As needed, will assist with or provide support for the production of proposal packets or materials for use during initial inquiry or solicitation.
  • Handles special projects and individual donors as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Associate Vice President and other Senior Development Staff as prospects and strategies warrant.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors degree and at least two years of professional fundraising experience, with preference for corporate and foundation experience in higher education. To be considered for an Associate Development Director or Development Director level position, three to five years of corporate and foundation experience in higher education preferred. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential. Must possess the ability to initiate, organize, and follow through with fundraising strategies. Must be able to work with minimal supervision and exercise excellent judgment. Knowledge of the University of Kansas is desirable.
 Salary and Benefits
KU Endowment offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefit package including: 401(k) and Roth 401(k) matching program; pension plan; health, dental, and vision insurance; Section 125 flexible benefits; paid holidays, personal and sick leave; paid Parental Leave; Life, AD&D, short- and long-term disability insurance; KU tuition reimbursement; and free parking.
Application Instructions:
Please go to to apply, and attach your resume and cover letter when applying for this position.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  Because of the sensitive nature of KU Endowment business and the importance of our reputation with donors, KU Endowment conducts a comprehensive review of applicants.  By submitting your application, you authorize us to conduct reference checks and a review of available public information.  Employment is contingent upon background and reference checks that KU Endowment finds acceptable.
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