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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design (Stamps School) is one of 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. The mission of the Stamps School is to be an internationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary art and design education, grounded in research, practice, creative excellence and community engagement – to prepare the next generation of globally competent creative professionals who are capable of responsibly engaging and collaborating with professionals in a wide variety of fields and cultural contexts to address the challenges of our times.

The Stamps School seeks an experienced, self-motivated development professional for a leadership role in a nation-wide fundraising and alumni engagement effort. The selected candidate will work collaboratively as part of the Stamps School’s development staff and will be supervised by the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, with guidance provided by the Dean. The selected candidate will identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects and assist in the creation and implementation of the School’s long-term and short-term fundraising strategies. Note: Extensive travel required as is occasional evening work and on weekends.


Fundraising (70%)

  • Manage a portfolio of 125-200 donors and prospects.
  • Partner with Director to close open asks for the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign ending December 31, 2018, as well as support the planning of the next campaign.
  • Continue cultivation and stewardship of current donors and prospects with capacity to make gifts of $50,000 and more.
  • Identify new prospects to add to major donor pipeline.
  • Support Stamps School’s foundation fundraising program.
  • Work with Business Engagement Center liaison on corporate gifts to Stamps.
  • Work closely with University planned giving staff to solicit and close planned gifts.
  • Achieve annual performance standards for UM fundraisers.
  • Manage small events that involve and cultivate prospects; track all University development events across the US and abroad to assure those across the Stamps community are invited.
  • Represent the Director at Office of University Development meetings, University events and other activities when appropriate.
  • Within the Stamps School, develop and maintain relationships with faculty and staff supportive of the development enterprise.
  • Research and identify strategies for donor engagement and solicitation, advise the Dean and Director and prepare appropriate materials to be used by the Dean and  Director.

Stewardship (15%)

  • In collaboration with the Director, identify and implement stewardship strategies for major gift donors.
  • Assist the Director with stewardship activities related to leadership-level donors.

Prospect Management (5%)

  • Gather and maintain data and assess potential to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of prospects.
  • Gather, record, and properly store information about prospects and donors utilizing DART, the University’s donor and alumni tracking database.

Development/Alumni Relations Communications (5%)

  • In collaboration with Stamps School communications and development staff, assist in the creation and implementation of a broad range of communication strategies (print, email, social media, web, etc.) for outreach to alumni, donors, and prospects.

Special projects as assigned by the Dean or Director of Development (5%)

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of significant major gift fundraising experience in a university or non-profit setting.
  • Familiarity with contemporary visual creative work, including awareness of art & design practices, trends and history. 
  • Proven track record in successfully closing five-figure gifts and higher, including the ability to identify and move prospects through the cultivation/solicitation cycle.
  • Ability to travel extensively and to work nights and weekends when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and experience with all phases of a university fundraising/alumni relations program, including major gifts, alumni fundraising, boards, and communications.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with a diverse constituency and a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings.
  • A level of comfort when dealing with high net worth individuals, and an ability to maintain discretion and high level of confidentiality when dealing with significant benefactors.
  • Excellent computing skills for retrieving, organizing and researching appropriate donor/prospect information as well as data gathering and manipulation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Ability to contribute to the School’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior campaign experience.
  • Knowledge of estate and planned giving.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Awareness of contemporary creative work culture and practices.
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Event planning experience.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.