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Assistant Director of Development

Apply now Department: 3670001110 K-State Athletics Inc (Agcy)
Job no: 516724
Employment type: Athletics
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Business / Accounting / Finance, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management, Student Affairs / Services, Athletics, Food Safety/Science/Systems
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

K-State Athletics is seeking qualified applicants for an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, which is a full-time, salaried, benefits-eligible position.

An example of job duties includes but are not limited to:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 175+ major gift prospects focusing on solicitations of $50,000 and above.
  • Conduct at least 15-20 strategic moves with prospects and donors per month and participate in a minimum of 25+ solicitations per year.
  • Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects.
  • Frequent travel in the state of Kansas and some national travel is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license at all times.  
  • Aggressively identify and formally qualify new major gift prospects by developing and executing long-range and short-range strategies and plans to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects, producing a continuous stream of donors capable of making gifts of $50,000 or more to K-State Athletics.
  • Partner with Athletic Development colleagues to develop, plan and execute successful fundraising campaigns.  
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with academic and other unit colleagues on campus.
  • Participate in Athletic Development events as appropriate, including but not limited to football, volleyball, women's soccer, men's and women's basketball and baseball game activities, on- and off-campus donor activities, and other special events.

Why Join Us:

K-State Athletics, Inc. is a proud member of the Big 12 Conference.  We are looking for someone who wants to become a member of our staff to help advance our Development Office through hard work, knowledge, and dedication.

Our mission is to foster a culture in which our student-athletes have every opportunity to reach their maximum potential academically, athletically, mentally and socially while operating an organization that is anchored by a genuine commitment to K-Stat, our supporters and each other.

For more information on K-State Athletics, please visit

For more information on Manhattan, KS and the University, please visit

The 2021 annual survey by Forbes magazine, "America's Best Employers by State List", finds Kansas State University rates among the Top 3 employers in the state and is the best university employer in Kansas.

Manhattan was ranked # 19 in "Best Small Cities (under 75,000 population) in the U.S. by for Quality of Life, Economic Health, and Affordability while named Manhattan the #1 College Town in America in 2018.  K-State Athletics is also a proud member of the Big 12 Conference.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree at time of application

  • Two or more years of college athletics major gift fundraising experience, sales experience, or comparable experience within a college athletics department or higher education

  • Successful track record of development and/or sales productivity in a complex work environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree  
  • Three or more years of college athletics major gift fundraising experience, or comparable experience within a college athletics department  
  • Experience working with and managing a portfolio of donors  
  • Experience fundraising in NCAA Division I athletics

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Ability to promote and demonstrate respect, collaboration and friendly customer service in all working relationships and situations  
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required 
  • Must be able to travel as required, which includes evenings, weekends and holidays when needed 
  • Must have a valid driver's license at all times

This position holds expectations of compliance with all NCAA, Big 12 Conference, Kansas State University and K-State Athletics, Inc. rules and regulations.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the position, please complete the online application and submit/upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter indicating your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume with three professional references that includes contact information (name, title, phone number, email address)

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled



  • Excellent medical, dental and vision health plans
  • Very competitive retirement plan 
  • Generous earned vacation and sick leave plans
  • Excellent parental leave plan
  • Term life insurance - premium paid by employer
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance -- premium paid by employer
  • Long term disability insurance -- premium paid by employer
  • Paid KSU designated holidays

K-State Athletics Local Agency Employee Benefits Information:

Salary Rate / Pay Rate:

$53,000 to $58,000 Annual Salary

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  If position is in development, business office or ticket office, the background screen will include a credit check.

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