Iowa State University, founded in 1858, stands as a testament to a rich history of academic excellence and innovation. Nestled in Ames, Iowa, this institution has grown to become a world-class university, boasting a diverse community of approximately 8,000 students and a faculty of 500.
The College of Engineering, one of the University’s flagship programs, has been at the forefront of technological advancements since its inception, evolving and expanding over the years to encompass 15 academic majors and multiple research centers. With a commitment to creativity and problem-solving, Iowa State University is not only a center for academic rigor but also a hub for cutting-edge research and development.
These commitments are supported by the Iowa State University Foundation, an entity with a mission to expertly match donors’ passions with the University’s evolving needs. Since its first gift in 1899, the Foundation has played a crucial role in shaping the University’s landscape, from scholarship support to state-of-the-art facilities. The Foundation’s leadership reflects a commitment to philanthropy and stewardship.
Together, Iowa State University and its Foundation create a dynamic ecosystem where education, research, and community engagement converge to shape the future.
The Executive Director position at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering represents a unique opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional. Tasked with leading the fundraising operation for one of the largest and most successful units on campus, the Executive Director will navigate a period of significant organizational growth. Beyond managing a team of fundraising professionals, the role demands strategic thinking and operational change management skills. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the Dean of the College of Engineering and other administrators to set fundraising priorities and develop effective strategies, translating ideas into action to support the needs of the College.
As the external face of the organization, the Executive Director will play a pivotal role in enhancing donor engagement, leveraging relationships across private, public, and corporate partnerships to achieve a substantial fundraising goal of $30 million-plus. The ideal candidate brings a wealth of experience in professional fundraising, with at least eight years in the field and a track record of managing teams. A strategic thinker and effective communicator, the Executive Director will champion donor engagement and create simple solutions to complex challenges.
The Executive Director will shape the strategic vision for the College of Engineering’s development and operations team, driving donor engagement and fundraising performance to advance the institution’s land grant ideals.