Director of Development - College of Education

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Director of Development - College of Education



Clemson is calling...are you ready to answer the call?  

One of the most productive public research universities in the nation, Clemson University attracts and powerfully unites students, faculty and staff whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Clemson has recently been named a top 25 public college in the country by the Wall Street Journal, a top South Carolina employer by Forbes and a Military Friendly Employer for five years running. Through our research, outreach and entrepreneurial projects, Clemson University and its employees are driving economic development and improving quality of life in South Carolina and beyond.

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Clemson University's Advancement Division is looking for a Director of Development to support the College of Education in fulfilling the following duties:

  • Serves as Director of Development and Unit Lead within the Advancement Division and the College of Education. 
  • Provides strategy, leadership, direction, coordination and management of all levels of giving for all units/programs within the College. 
  • Develops priorities and philanthropic strategy in collaboration with critical College Administrators and the Executive Director, implements strategic plans, and inspires stakeholders support of these priorities to fulfill the College's mission and support their ability to implement programs and initiatives. 
  • Communicates, collaborates and coordinates between the College and Advancement division, as well as creates productive partnerships with other college and unit fundraising programs. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



60% - Essential - Fundraising: 
Manages a dynamic portfolio of prospects/donors who have the capacity to make a philanthropic major gift of $50,000 or more. Qualifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards gifts from College/Unit donors, alumni, and friends through 160-180 visits annually. Raises a minimum of $750K-$1.25M on an annual basis with subsequent years' goals determined in conjunction with the Executive Director. Coordinates cultivation, stewardship and donor engagement opportunities/events for assigned donors and the College of Education.

30% - Essential - College Leadership and Engagement: 
Establishes strong partnerships with the Dean and strategic leaders within the College. Leads efforts for the unit for the upcoming capital campaign by collaborating with College and supporting unit/program leadership to develop philanthropic strategy that advances the key priorities for the campaign and the College's mission. Engages actively with the Dean and college/unit leaders in the cultivation and stewardship efforts of top donors and prospects. Serves as the primary liaison and mission critical link between the Advancement division and the College and its supporting units/programs.

10% - Essential - Strategic Collaboration and Facilitation: 
Build productive relationships across the university with Deans, administrators, faculty and staff to gain fluency in the priorities and excellence of the colleges, schools, units and areas of Clemson University to articulate giving opportunities to prospective donors. Facilitate and staff meetings with university leaders and prospective donors. Duties include collaborating with Marketing and Communications on print, electronic, and social media materials.



Education -  Bachelor's Degree

Work Experience -  3+ Years in fundraising, development, sales. Related work experience in an academic institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



Firm Job Knowledge - Firm working knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures and ability to use in varied situations

No Supervisory Duties - Not responsible for supervising employees.

Monitors Budget - Does not provide input but is responsible for monitoring the departmental budget and may oversee fund allocation.



Walk or move about
Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
Recognize or inspect visually



  50% - Day and Overnight Travel



Standard Hrs: 37.5 / Week



Expected Salary Range: $89.550.00 - $110,000.00

Salary is dependent upon several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate's previous experience, knowledge, skills and performance in accordance with Clemson's compensation guidelines.




Normal Operations

Required to follow emergency facility closure directives, and not normally expected work on-site during emergency situations.



Clemson, SC



August 1, 2024 @ 11:59 PM



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State policy for veteran preference states that for qualifying, full-time permanent positions, a veteran applicant may receive preference if they meet the job's minimum qualifications, were discharged under honorable conditions from the military, and submit their DD-214 for confidential review by the Office of Human Resources.

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Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, or related medical condition), national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.