Director of Development

Job Summary

The Director of Development reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and provides development leadership to significantly increase gifts for annual operations, endowment, and capital projects in the context of a strategic comprehensive campaign. This position manages the planned giving program and carries a portfolio of major and planned giving donors and prospects. The Director of Development is an active member of the Institutional Advancement team who works collaboratively and strategically with the Institutional Advancement, faculty, and campus leaders to advance the goals of the College.

This if a full-time on-site position located in Jackson, MS. Regular office hours are 8:00am – 4:30 pm with a one-hour unpaid lunch break and required travel and evening and weekend work.

Job Duties

  • Manages a portfolio of major/planned gift donors and prospects ($25K – $1M+) that includes alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
  • Provides supervision, training, and guidance for development and implementation of work plans to direct reports, including major gift officer(s).
  • In concert with the VP, Associate VP for Development Operations, and Research Coordinator, assist gift officers in building active portfolios of high-capacity, high-inclination prospects and donors.
  • Assists the Vice President of Advancement with developing and executing strategic plans and oversight of Advancement goals.
  • Develops and implements plans for enhancing a successful planned giving program including marketing and promotion to prospects through print and online materials.
  • Provides stewardship of donors who have already a made a commitment to planned giving.
  • Generates program reports and presents updates to organizational leaders.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of professional, job-related experience
  • Demonstrated success in fund raising including personal solicitation and closing major gifts
  • Must be a highly motivated, goal-oriented strategic thinker with the ability to work independently, determine and set priorities, manage multiple and interdisciplinary projects, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Work collaboratively with Institutional Advancement and College staff and faculty as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills required and the ability to learn new software
  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Understanding of church related, residential liberal arts colleges or ability to learn quickly
  • Knowledge of planned giving essentials and experience a plus

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 15 pounds without assistance.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should email a copy of their resume and a letter of interest to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

About Millsaps

Millsaps College is a selective institution of higher education located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi — a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million. Millsaps is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation and the innovative shaping of the social, economic and cultural progress of the region. The college was founded in 1890 by members of the Methodist Church and is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education.

Millsaps has an enrollment of approximately 750 students and employs 80 full-time faculty members. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14. Millsaps has graduated 25 Fulbright Award recipients, seven Rhodes Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman Scholars. Millsaps is a member of the NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association and competes in 18 intercollegiate sports.

EEO Statement

Millsaps College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Millsaps College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

All offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and verification of employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Millsaps College provides a competitive benefits package.

It is the policy of Millsaps College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact [email protected].

Additional Information

In compliance with the amendments to the federal Clery Act concerning annual security reports, all potential job applicants are free to view Millsaps College’s annual Campus Crime Statistics here.

The only national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Millsaps College has consistently been ranked a “Best Buy” among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges and is cited as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives. It was the first institution in Mississippi with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and is the only institution in Mississippi ever to be listed in The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Millsaps is a member of the ACS and NITLE, and has an AACSB accredited business school. In accordance with Federal law, we are making available our Campus Security Report to all prospective employees. Millsaps is located in Jackson, the capital of the state. The Jackson area has a population of around 400,000 and offers low cost-of-living, excellent schools, pleasant climate, and many recreational opportunities.

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