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Associate Director of Principal Gifts

Company Name:
Iowa State University Foundation
Company Description:

The Iowa State University Foundation is charged with the rewarding task of fundraising for the university. Together, we work as a team to expertly match our donors’ passions with Iowa State’s needs.

The first gift to Iowa State was made in 1899 by alumnus and former professor Edgar Stanton, who donated the original 10 bells of the Campanile. Without this first gift, and all the generous gifts since then, Iowa State’s campus would be completely different. The foundation honors this tradition today by finding new ways to move Iowa State University forward – whether through scholarship support, funding leading-edge facilities, creating new opportunities, or recruiting the best faculty.

Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
February 9, 2023
Deadline Date:
April 13, 2023
Job Categories:
Communications, Customer Service , Nonprofit
Home Base Iowa Company:
Job Description:

As Associate Director of Principal Gifts, you will serve as the point person for the ISU Foundation to the Office of the President at Iowa State University on a variety of engagement and activities.

Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the Foundation’s primary contact between the University President’s office, Provost’s office, and the Foundation on multiple aspects of donor engagements, meetings, and trips.
  • Direct the preparation documents process for the University President and President’s spouse for their donor engagements, as well as the ISU Foundation President and CEO’s donor engagements as needed.
  • Provide leadership in scheduling meetings, events, and visits with the University President’s office, in collaboration with internal colleagues.
  • Provide leadership to all aspects of hosting donors at ISU Athletics events including strategic planning, budgeting, oversight and invitation of strategic guests, manage communications with donors, and ensure all activities are clearly documented.
  • Lead all aspects of ISU Foundation activities at the Knoll (University President’s campus residence).
  • Plan, direct, and execute other donor engagements including presidential fundraising trips.
  • Lead a subset of colleagues, delegating and managing tasks within (and occasionally beyond) the Principal Gifts team.
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors, internal and external partners. Occasionally attend events to assist with on-site customer service and hosting to donors.
  • Frequent participation in evening and weekend work-related activities.


Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3 years of professional experience related to employment area.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), professional judgment, organization planning, diplomacy, and professionalism.
  • Must be able to handle a number of activities simultaneously with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must be adaptable, flexible, and self-directed.
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and manage information that needs quick response and turnaround.
  • Must adhere to strict confidentiality standards.
  • Ability to manage, interpret, and organize large sets of data.
  • Creativity, patience, a sense of humor and a belief in our organizational mission of: Aligning donor passion and generosity to advance Iowa State University’s land grant ideals.

Travel: Occasional travel required

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Location: Ames, IA; potentially hybrid

To APPLY please include the following items:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter with salary requirements
  • Three professional references’ names and contact information

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