The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
Spalding University seeks an inspiring and mission-focused leader capable of building sustainable, long-term community partnerships and philanthropic relationships to serve as its next Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). The incumbent is responsible for the fundraising activities of Spalding University, which include, but are not limited to, shaping complex philanthropic strategies; donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; and campus and community collaborations. The CAO is responsible for executive oversight and the day-to-day operations of the Office of Advancement (university fundraising and alumni relations), including budgets, personnel, and workflow. The CAO reports directly to the President and serves as a key member of the President’s Leadership Team.
Submission of a cover letter and resume is required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversees the fundraising activities of the university and its programs.
Actively manages a portfolio of 75-100 active prospects and plans and implements thoughtful strategies for the successful cultivation and solicitation of these individuals and organizations.
Maximizes relationships by working with donors to secure philanthropic support; participates in face-to-face meetings with qualified donor prospects at least five times per week; generates 300+ contact reports with qualified donor prospects each academic/fiscal year.
Manages university fundraising strategy, which includes solicitation and stewardship of funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, public charities, and government agencies.
Develops annual fundraising plan, including goals, strategies, and benchmarks, and oversees implementation of the plan; provides leadership for development of assessment strategies and performance indicators and communicates progress to the Board of Trustees.
Oversees capital campaigns, annual giving, major gift programs, and planned giving initiatives.
Oversees donor recognition, gift processing, and acknowledgment programs.
Coordinates day-to-day operations of the Office of Advancement.
Supports the President and the Board of Trustees in all aspects of university advancement.
Develops, writes, and edits formal proposals for major, planned, and campaign solicitations.
Identifies external partnership opportunities to support academic and programmatic priorities of the university and develops the relationships necessary to implement and sustain partnerships.
Oversees university events and activities designed to build relationships with potential donors and prospects; attends university and community events, as appropriate, to meet and enhance relationships with donors, potential donors and prospects, and other key constituents.
At least five years of relevant fundraising experience and an ability to secure major gifts.
Demonstrated success working effectively with donors and their legal and financial advisors.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; highly intuitive; strong network builder.
Highly resourceful with strong emotional intelligence and an amount of organizational savvy.
Sound management skills and ability to think strategically with a strong results orientation.
Supervisory experience and solid understanding of budget preparation and fiscal management.
Ability to inspire, lead, and mentor a team of advancement professionals to shape and deliver on ambitious goals to grow and diversify the university’s philanthropic revenue streams.
High-level working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability and willingness to input contact reports, organize meetings, and manage communication flow.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize with patience, wit, and diplomacy.
Ability and inclination to work collaboratively with internal constituencies.
Ability to create and deliver formal and informal presentations to a Board of Trustees.
Strong ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Willingness to pursue professional development and stay current with trends in fundraising and higher education.
Advanced degree or equivalent experience in higher education or a complex non-profit setting.
Significant experience in non-profit management or higher education administration.
Daily contact with university leadership, faculty, staff, and students.
Daily contact with philanthropic donors and members of the public.
Regular contact with the Board of Trustees and university alumni.
Must be able to work with diverse populations.
Fast-paced office environment with duties performed across the campus and within the larger community; some travel is required.
Frequent work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) will be necessary to meet the requirements of the position.
About Spalding University
Nestled in the midst of Kentucky’s largest city, historic Spalding University combines a rich history and a commitment to community service as we attract students who desire a high quality education in a very personalized setting. An engaged faculty serves nearly 2500 students at the bachelors’, masters and doctoral levels, providing quality, real-world learning in liberal and professional studies. Faculty, staff and students are united by the institutional mission: Spalding University is a diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice. With a focus on community service and leadership, Spalding offers all students a mission-driven connection to community and comprehensive learning resources while striking a distinctive balance serving the educational needs of both the traditional student and the working adult. In addition, our unique 6-week session delivery format affords students needed scheduling flexibility amidst other life resp...onsibilities. Spalding University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University complies with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity laws. It is the University’s policy not to discriminate against any individual or group of individuals and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status or other protected status. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening as well as a criminal background check.