Senior Director of Development
Manhattan, KS Development: College of Veterinary Medicine
Job Type

Compensation: $120,000 - $130,000 annually 

Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Location: Manhattan, KS (onsite)

Supporting College: College of Veterinary Medicine

Note: As we seek top talent to join our organization, this unit lead position has been advertised at two different levels with the ability to fill this role at either level.

What we offer:

  • Competitive benefits package including health, dental, company paid life insurance, and a variety of voluntary benefits. A 403(b) retirement plan with 10% company contribution
  • Paid leave including vacation, sick, personal and volunteer. Six weeks of paid parental leave. Paid holidays and company paid HSA contributions. A work environment that embraces flexibility inside of a framework
  • Mission-driven work that changes the lives of people around the world
  • Tuition and certification assistance and a $300 annual reimbursement wellness program
  • View more benefits on our website or click here!

What does success look like in this position? 

  • Motivated leader who can balance raising money and leading a team of fundraisers, understanding the importance of both.
  • Ability to meet pre-established goals in face-to-face visits, dollars raised, and proposals delivered.
  • Comfortable presenting materials and not afraid to make the ask at $50k+


A day in the life of a Senior Director of Development could be: 

In collaboration with university partners and foundation colleagues, discuss major donor prospects, strategy, and solicitations. Make qualification calls/visits, and in some cases cultivate, solicit, provide recognition, and steward appropriately major gifts for the College of Veterinary Medicine, with an emphasis on gifts of $50,000+. Manage staff, including recruitment, retention, performance management, coaching and development. Utilize KSUF resources to facilitate professional development for the team and grow the talent pipeline.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years professional transferrable experience in positions that were metrics focused required measurable output and relationship building
  • Experience managing teams of more than 1 direct report in a metrics driven environments. Proven ability and desire to coach others in fundraising, relationship management and demonstrated consistent peer-to-peer leadership.
  • Experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client/donor relationship or sales-related activities
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with a diverse client base, with an emphasis on engaged listening, and success working in a team setting
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license with an acceptable driving record

What we want:

  • 5+ years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on building a portfolio of donors or clients and closing gifts or completing a sales cycle
  • Ability to prioritize and organize/follow through on complex projects and plans to deliver results, while meeting deadlines
  • Solid understanding of development techniques and systems based on past performance



  • Significant travel required

Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging

Our organization performs at its absolute best when fostering a diverse and inclusive team. Learn more about our commitment to inclusion and belonging, as well as our Inclusion Council on our website!

Salary Description
$120,000 - $130,000 annually