Director of Development - Regional

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Ranked consistently as one of the best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 91 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over.

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Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Director of Development - Regional



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.

So,... are you ready?

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Clemson University's Regional Development Team is looking for two Director's of Development to fulfill the following duties:

  • Serves as Director of Development in a remote capacity for the Western U.S. region as part of the Regional Development program within the University Development Team and Advancement Division. 
  • In conjunction with the Senior Director of Regional Development, assists in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive regional major gift strategy that ensures a collaborative approach to expanding the University's engagement and fundraising efforts in the Western United States. 
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gifts from university-wide Western U.S. alumni, parents, and friends of Clemson University. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



80% - Essential - Fundraising: 
Manages a dynamic portfolio of major gift prospects and donors (up to 150 maximum) who have the capacity to make significant philanthropic gifts of $50,000 and above that will have a lasting impact on Clemson University. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards gifts from university-wide alumni, parents and friends through through 15-18 visits a month. Raises minimum of $1.25M annually with subsequent years' goals determined in conjunction with the Senior Director of Development. Creates and implements strategic prospect plans to increase the overall number of donors and level of commitments within the regional development program. Documents all donor and alumni interactions in centralized database.

10% - Essential - Strategic Collaboration: 
Develops relationships to facilitate collaboration with team members across the Advancement Division, including College/Unit based colleagues, Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Alumni Engagement and other stakeholders to advance the philanthropic strategies and priorities of the University and Colleges throughout the Western U.S. Actively collaborates with members of the donor relations team to assist in strategic stewardship of assigned donors.

10% - Essential - Stewardship and Engagement: 
Coordinates cultivation, stewardship and donor engagement opportunities and events related to development activities.



Education:  Bachelor's Degree 

Work Experience:  1+ years' experience in alumni engagement, fundraising, business development, journalism or communication..



Work Experience: 3+ years of fundraising experience with demonstrated ability to close six-figure gifts. 



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

Supervises Student Workers only - Supervises Student workers only

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% - Overnight and day travel 

Expected to participate in meetings with main campus colleagues which take place on Eastern Standard Time.



Standard Hours:: 37.5/week



Expected Salary Range: $ 89,500.00 - $ 120,000.00

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.



July 30, 2024 @ 11:59 PM



Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military technical certifications and trainings that directly relate to the job duties.

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.      

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.