Administrative Positions

Employees whose work activities are substantially involved in the administration of the University, other than teaching, shall be designated as administrators by the President of the University.

Augustana University is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Title: Education Program Coordinator
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Education

Augustana University is currently recruiting for a full-time Education Program Coordinator in the Education Department.

Purpose: To provide administrative support to the undergraduate and graduate Education programs. Responsible for coordinating activities related to department and program operations in close collaboration with the Education Department Chair and with multiple internal and external constituents to assure effective and efficient program operations.

Position Specifications:

  • Managerial Skills: Excellent organizational and managerial skills to assure effective and efficient operation of the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Socio Skills:  Well-developed communication skills—courteous, straightforward, clear—in order to communicate effectively with full and part-time faculty, prospective and current students, parents, work-study students, intercampus entities, professional organizations/accrediting bodies, and the State Department of Education; initiative; and dependability.
  • Technical Skills: High level computer skills (including database management, word processing, desktop publishing, and web page maintenance) as well as organizational skills.

Education and Experience: Master’s Degree and relevant continuing education related to skills above necessary. Office management experience required; experience with accredited education programs a plus.

Major Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Assists Department Chair with program management of accredited teacher education and graduate programs: Assists Certification/Accountability Officer with program evaluation plans; designs and maintains databases and records; in collaboration with department chair and program directors, assures program compliance standards associated with national and state accreditation, and the college and department are met; composes correspondence on behalf of Department Chair and Certification/Accountability Officer; updates and maintains official records including student handbooks.
  • Admissions and progression coordinator: Implements program specific admission, progression, and credentialing policies and procedures for students; provides information about program to prospective students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Office Manager: Provides professional, friendly and efficient service to students, alumni, faculty, staff and other professionals to result in optimum service and relationships with the various constituencies; assist with maintaining department and program operating and grant budgets; supervises accurate and efficient organizational systems; composes correspondence requiring extensive knowledge and understanding of programs.
  • Marketing and outreach coordinator; Designs and prepares marketing material for programs; updates and maintains department and program web-pages; coordinates preparation of the periodic newsletters and other correspondence; coordinates recruitment and outreach events.
  • Advising - Provides academic advising/support for graduate students.

Application Procedure: To apply, interested applicants are to complete an employment application, include a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three current references. Please forward this information electronically to: This position will remain open until filled.

Title: Director of Major Gifts
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Development

Augustana University seeks an outstanding Director of Major Gifts who will advance the mission, values and vision of the University.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the director is responsible for the management of relationships, with a portfolio of major gift prospects and current donors.   Major gift prospects are individuals who have been determined to have the ability to make gifts of $10,000 and above.  The director will develop and implement strategies for securing financial support from this group and will manage a portfolio of 150 prospects, to include alumni, parents and friends of the University locally and nationwide.  The director will participate in making “comprehensive asks” of prospective donors, to include annual unrestricted support, as well as capital, endowment and planned gift support.   It is expected that the successful candidate will raise an average of $1,000,000 annually through outright gifts and pledges.

Position Specifications:

Technical Skills

  • Knowledge in software applications used within the Development office for communicating with and tracking current and prospective donors and preparing reports.  Minimum requirement is proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and email.
  • General knowledge of planned giving instruments and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates is preferred.
  • Ability to manage time, schedule and prioritize work by determining the sequencing and timing of different jobs based on precedence, procedure, individual and team goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to write creatively, communicate clearly, think critically, research effectively.

Socio Skills

  • Personal belief in mission, goals and objectives of faith-based, private higher education.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills:  listening, communicating, building and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Sensitivity to needs and feelings of others, while understanding the importance of team dynamics and the need for all members to speak freely in identifying, assessing and rating ideas, prospects, goals and team performance.
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the University’s fund-raising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees and other volunteers, and the Development team.
  • Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and fund raising goals.
  • Travel regionally and throughout the United States is required, as well as periodic weekend and evening work.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects.
  • Continually review and update donor/prospect ratings based upon research and visits.
  • Conduct moves management of all names in portfolio, fully utilizing computer-based system for donor tracking.
  • Implement action steps/strategy for all names in portfolio on a continuing basis.
  • Conduct average of 12 face-to-face visits per month with major gift donors/prospects.
  • Present an average of two to three major gift proposals per month.
  • Strive to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals.


  • Three or more years of successful fundraising experience, including direct solicitation and successful closing of five- and six-figure gifts from individuals. Consideration given to solid experience in related field with transferable skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the needs and interests of donors in order to facilitate relationships between them and the University.
  • Evidence of creating, executing and evaluating individual strategy plans for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors/clients.
  • Experience in communicating the case for support, to grow understanding and inspire donors to act in support of the solicitation.

Education: Minimum:  Bachelor’s degree ; Master’s degree preferred.

Performance Considerations: The director’s performance will be considered based on clearly articulated, personal fundraising goals that are measured and reported on a monthly basis. Goals are set for donor/prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  The expectation is:  (1) 10 to 12 personal visits per month; (2) while not expected in the first 3-4 months, arriving at 2 to 3 proposals per month (3) a portfolio of 150 qualified prospects.

Application Procedure: To apply, interested applicants are to complete an employment application, include a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three current references. Please forward this information electronically to:  This position will remain open until filled.

Title: Director of Financial Aid
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Financial Aid

Augustana invites applications for a full-time Director of Financial Aid. This position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

The successful individual is responsible for providing and performing the following responsibilities:

·        Administer and oversee operations of all student financial aid programs, including federal, state, private and institutional programs.
·        Ensure compliance with all applicable federal regulations and keep up to date on policies.
·        Work with Vice President for Enrollment and Vice President for Finance and Administration in developing financial aid awarding models.
·        Foster strong partnerships with Admissions, Student Accounts, Registrar, and Dean of Students.
·        Establish and enhance communication with prospective and current students, and their families.
·        Interpret federal, state, NCAA compliance issues as well as institutional policies; make fair judgment calls when appropriate.
·        Collaborate with Information Technology to develop and coordinate mainframe database modifications, including software installations and upgrades.
·        Manage, evaluate, and develop staff.
·        Ensure outstanding customer service from the financial aid staff.
·        Monitor funding levels in all programs; maintain office operational budget.
·        Present financial aid information to individuals as well as in group settings.
·        Prepare all financial aid reports within required deadlines, including State reports, FISAP, IPEDS, and various Common Data Set survey instruments.

Requisite Skills Include:

·        At least five years of immersion in a college financial aid position or equivalent that requires development and processing of institutional, state and federal financial aid.
·        Strong leadership skills including the ability to encourage a cohesive team.
·        Ability to understand and implement changing federal regulations.
·        At least three years of leadership and management in a higher education setting.
·        Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities.
·        Strong analytical skills and computer expertise.
·        Excellent oral and written communication skills, great interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with people of all backgrounds.
·        Demonstrates creativity, vision and sound judgment.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree required with progressively responsible experience working in financial aid administration.

Start Date: Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Candidates should send a letter of application, a current resume and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current references. If requested, be prepared to submit transcript(s) that reflect completed course work and degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities. All information will be held in confidence. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send materials electronically to

Address for sending resumes:

Human Resources
Augustana University

Email submissions are preferred.

Human Resources
Augustana University

2001 S Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Telephone: 605.274.4110
Fax: 605.274.5547

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and may be required to submit official transcripts upon employment.