Development Professional, School of Nursing*
Department: Constituent Development
Supervision: Assistant Vice President, Medical Development

FLSA Status:  Exempt
Location: KU Endowment is open to discussing the office location that best meets the needs of both the candidate as well as the organization. We have locations in Lawrence, Kansas City, and Wichita.
In addition, this position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule after initial training and satisfactory job performance.

Who we are and what we’re about:
KU Endowment is an independent, nonprofit organization and the official fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas.  We partner with donors in providing philanthropic support to build a greater KU.

As an employee of KU Endowment, you’ll witness firsthand the power of our donors’ generosity.  You will join a talented and fun group of people who are inspired to help KU through the support of loyal alumni and friends.  This support fuels excellence, enabling students and faculty to develop innovative programs and research that distinguish the university.  We connect the philanthropic passions of donors with the needs of students, faculty and programs – and everyone benefits.

People are engaged. Purpose is ignited.  Lives are changed.

What we are looking for:
Full-time professional fund-raising position responsible for the organization, implementation, and direction of a comprehensive development program for raising private gifts to KU Endowment in support of the School of Nursing and the University of Kansas.

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.

What you'll be doing:
  • Solicits outright and planned major gifts and coordinates preparation and development of major gift proposals supporting the School of Nursing.
  • Directs programs for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for prospective and current major gift donors supporting the KU School of Nursing, working with the dean(s), department chairs, Endowment staff, University administrators, faculty, and volunteer leaders.
  • Develops and implements both annual and long-range goals, objectives, and strategies to maximize private support for the School of Nursing.
  • Solicits gifts for annual recognition in the School’s Deans Club ($1,000 or more) with the goal of increasing annual gifts and donors.
  • Position requires extensive time out of the office traveling to meet development goals.
  • Shares supervision of the Development Assistant who provides administrative support for this constituent area.
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Assistant Vice President for Medical Development and senior KU Endowment leadership.
  • Upholds the highest level of professionalism, integrity and judgment as a member of the KU Endowment team.

What’s required to be considered:
  • Bachelor’s degree

What separates the best from the rest?
  • At least 3 years’ experience in professional fundraising experience preferred.
  • Major gift fundraising experience in higher education a plus. Related experience such as university advancement, business development, and sales may also be considered.  
  • 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.

Our commitment to DEI:
At KU Endowment, we recognize that we best achieve our mission of building a greater University of Kansas by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to cultivating a people-centered environment that is welcoming to the spectrum of differences among us in an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Accordingly, our staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers and donors will work together to create a more representative, equitable and inclusive KU Endowment.

We’ve got you covered:
KU Endowment offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefit package including:
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) and Roth 401(k) matching program
  • Pension plan
  • Section 125 flexible benefits
  • Generous paid leave including holidays, personal and sick leave
  • Volunteer and community engagement opportunities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Life, AD&D, short- and long-term disability insurance
  • LegalShield & IDShield protection
  • KU tuition reimbursement
  • Free parking

Sounds good, right?  What’s next?
Please include your resume and cover letter when applying for the position.

Questions regarding this vacancy may be addressed to:

Susan Kang, J.D.
Sr. Director, Development Recruitment

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead
KU Endowment
PO Box 928
Lawrence, KS 66044-0928

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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