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  • Missouri Other
  • Salary: $88,479.00-$110,000.00
  • Organization Type: Education

Missouri S&T - Office of Development

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Missouri University of Science & Technology is actively searching for a dynamic and results-driven individual to join our team as an Executive Director of Development for the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.

The Team

Led by Tory Verkamp, Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement, the unit includes development and major gifts, annual fund, advancement services, and the Miner Alumni Association. The development team thrives in a collaborative, hard-working, and collegial environment. We pride ourselves in creating an encouraging and supportive workplace and celebrating each other’s accomplishments.

Job Description

At this pivotal time, Missouri University of Science & Technology is actively searching for a dynamic and results-driven individual to join our team as an Executive Director of Development for the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.

In this full-time role, you will have the unique opportunity to be part of a university that is committed to advancing education, research, and innovation. As a lead fundraiser at Missouri S&T, you will play a pivotal role in securing financial support to drive impactful initiatives and contribute to the growth and success of our institution. This individual will be expected to partner effectively with campus faculty, staff, and administrators to solicit and close major and principal gifts in support of multi-million-dollar capital projects including the Innovation Lab and Welcome Center; a newly created College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development; K-12 STEM Outreach.

Position Summary: 

As liaison to the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, the executive director of development will:

  • In coordination with the Dean and University Advancement develop and execute an annual fundraising plan.
  • Assist the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Dean in developing a philanthropic vision for college priorities and related cases for support.
  • Provide fundraising coaching, mentoring, and training to members of the university community and fellow colleagues as needed.
  • Develop and deliver new proposals, retain a major benefactor portfolio, and travel as necessary.
  • Actively participate in events and/or programs associated with specialized constituents to move benefactors toward major gifts, enhance development efforts and identify comprehensive objectives for collaboration while eliminating duplication and streamlining resources.
  • Serve as a member of the Development leadership team and as an exemplary University advocate in the community, with local leaders, alumni organizations, business and corporate partners, and other leaders and key constituents.
  • Be active and involved in the advancement profession and faithfully represent Missouri S&T and the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.

Imagine working in an environment where your skills in relationship-building, strategic thinking, and passion for philanthropy align seamlessly with our mission. Join a team that values collaboration, creativity, and the pursuit of excellence in every endeavor. Your efforts will directly contribute to the realization of groundbreaking capital projects, scholarships, and programs that shape the future of STEM education and research.

If you’re ready to channel your enthusiasm for fundraising into a purpose-driven career, seize this opportunity to be a vital member of the Missouri S&T Development team. Your journey towards making a lasting impact starts here – where your dedication meets transformative philanthropy!

Regular presence on the Rolla campus is desired, however remote work arrangements may be considered.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum seven years of fundraising experience.
  • Proven success in campaign management, including major gift solicitation in higher education.
  • Project management skills.
  • Experience with capital/infrastructure fundraising.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Disciplined use of a central database for benefactor and prospect contacts.
  • Strong knowledge of philanthropic practices, ethical standards, and fund type implementation.
  • Ambitious professional with integrity, collaborative spirit, and a history of building strong relationships with academic leaders, benefactors, and team members. Working understanding of a research university environment is helpful.

Anticipated Hiring Range
The anticipated hiring range for this position has been established as $88,479-$110,000 annually.

Salary is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the individual’s particular combination of education, skills, and experience, as well as organizational requirements.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Missouri provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Grade:  GGS 14
University Title: DIR IV ADVANCEMENT

To review the University of Missouri’s Staff Compensation Structure you can view the  Job Code detail page. Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Community Information

University Information

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities with over 100-degree programs in 39 disciplines. It was founded in 1870 as one of the first technological institutions west of the Mississippi River. Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the multicultural community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe, and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks’ scenery. Missouri S&T offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, humanities, and business, with M.S. and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs. With over 7,000 students and 300 faculty, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population, yet small enough for individuals to build high visibility and impactful careers.


In October 2020, the Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established through a transformational gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri University of Science and Technology. By creating new buildings, research infrastructure, and opportunities for current and future students, the Kummer Institute is elevating Missouri S&T by cultivating technological innovation, fostering leadership and entrepreneurship, expanding academic-industry partnerships to directly address our country’s most pressing societal challenges, and creating economic growth for Missouri and beyond. Learn more at

Established in 2022, The Kummer College serves as a pathbreaking model for social impact, technology transfer, and interdisciplinary collaboration within a future-oriented STEM-focused university. Supported by the Kummer Institute Foundation at Missouri S&T, this unique college integrates key academic, co-curricular, and administrative activities related to technology commercialization, business innovation and entrepreneurship, systems thinking, and economic development. Within The Kummer College lives several departments: Department of Business and Information Technology (BIT), Department of Economics, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE), Kummer Student Programs and the Division of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED).

About Rolla

Rolla, Missouri offers several great advantages that help individuals enjoy a high quality of life. Rolla is an ideal place for families, with its low cost of living, excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a range of recreational activities suitable for all ages. The Ozark Scenic Riverways and beautiful landscapes offers abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of every lifestyle. With a vibrant and diverse cultural scene, Rolla hosts multiple events, concerts, art exhibitions, and theater performances throughout the year. The university’s Leach Theatre showcases nationally renowned performers for campus and community alike.  Overall, living in Rolla offers a high quality of life with a supportive community, affordable living, beautiful natural surroundings, and numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 573-341-4241.

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