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Managing Director of Development


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  University Development (10000991)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU >

Definition of Class

This position identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major and principal gift prospects across the university. The incumbent is a leader in the division in fundraising results responsible for supervising multiple college and unit development staff; maintains knowledge of university-wide plans and opportunities; serves as a member of the vice chancellor for development’s leadership team; collaborates with the chancellor, vice chancellor, development staff, deans and directors to engage donors and encourage transformational gifts, and remains knowledgeable of and articulate about current gift planning vehicles. Extensive travel is required to cultivate and solicit donors.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develops fundraising strategies for assigned major and principal gift prospects.
  • Leads fundraising on some provost priorities.
  • Evaluates progress toward goals and adjusts as necessary.
  • Supervises multiple units of development staff.
  • Collaborates with university leadership and development staff.
  • Takes college or university leaders on donor visits.
  • Serves on the vice chancellor’s leadership team.
  • Coordinates special events for principal gift prospects.
  • Works with communications to develop fundraising pieces.
  • Arranges visits with donors via phone, email and social media.
  • Attends alumni, donor, college, sporting and other events.
  • Promptly records interactions with donors in the development database.
  • Sends all biographical updates to the development database.
  • Runs reports to build a trip or share information with a supervisor.
  • Travels overnight and on weekends to meet with prospective donors.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following.  Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Cultivates and solicits gifts from assigned major and principal gift donors.
  2. Works with university leadership, development leadership and development staff to develop and secure major and principal gifts.
  3. Supervises multiple units of development staff.
  4. Travels extensively and attends various university functions.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.



Seven (7) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi