On behalf of our client Bemidji State University, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director of University Advancement
Named a top-tier Midwest university by U.S. News and World Report, Bemidji State University (BSU) has a local feel and a global reach, offering the best of both worlds. Located on a beautiful lakeside campus in the charming vacation town of Bemidji, students hail from 36 different states and 38 different countries. Integral to the town are its historical and present-day ties to the Ojibwe Tribe. In fact, BSU has its own American Indian Resource Center, which serves the campus and surrounding communities with outreach and educational programs. Intrigued by BSU’s tight-knit community and reputation for academic excellence? Consider joining the BSU family as the University’s next Executive Director of University Advancement.
The Executive Director will oversee and direct the engagement and development efforts of the Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation. These duties include: overseeing all fund-raising efforts, supervising and mentoring the professional staff, overseeing Human Resources policies and benefits, staffing the Alumni & Foundation board, and oversight of prospect research and donor management functions. Together with the BSU President and Alumni & Foundation Board, the ED is responsible for developing and implementing the priorities and strategies for development and fund-raising as established by the Alumni & Foundation and the University. As the lead development officer, the ED also carries a portfolio of major donor prospects. Travel required will be approximately 25% (regional and national). This position is located in Bemidji.
BSU is searching for a candidate with a strong belief in, and commitment to, the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University and the Alumni & Foundation. The University also seeks a leader with fundraising experience, strong written and verbal communications skills, strong interpersonal relationship skills, team leader abilities, and enthusiastic self-starter tendencies. Additionally, it is important that the candidate is able to establish effective working relationships with internal personnel and external constituents.