The new Vice President for Institutional Advancement will lead a dynamic and comprehensive team of professionals dedicated to outreach, engagement, and transformation. This talented team will include those whose vision of a successful Wright State includes forging partnerships at many community and national levels. This group includes:
Corporate and Community Engagement
Major, Planned, Annual Giving
Marketing and Communications
Events and Sponsorships
Liaison to Wright State University Foundation
A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in leading a dynamic philanthropic organization—higher education, healthcare, or not-for-profit.
Experience in leading a comprehensive, capital, or major gifts campaign.
Success in cultivating and closing multiple leadership gifts.
Master's Degree or higher preferred.
Experience with working in a complex, dynamic environment representing the philanthropic interests and needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and the community.
Proven ability to manage in challenging times, with multiple and diverse interests of many groups, and willingness to connect to the community.
Ability to serve as the bridge between the University and the prospective donor by advancing and protecting both their interests.
Experience with having multiple overseers such as volunteers, senior University leadership, and academic colleagues.
Superb communications skills with the ability to speak passionately about the University, our students, vision, and future.
Essential Functions and percent of time::
100% Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the mission of Wright State University. Wright State has a unique and special mission to meet students where they're at in their academic and life journey, and to support them to a successful outcome.
Manage a substantial portfolio of presidential prospects at the major and principal gift levels. Become a trusted advisor to the President including supporting her in the highest level conversations with principal gift donors and prospects.
Listen, communicate, and visualize with prospective donors so they understand the power of their investment, and the resulting partnership that will accompany their gift.
Implement innovative strategies to generate new gifts from formerly undiscovered sources being mindful of our prospective donor community with different viewpoints based on our demographic understanding and research.
Inspire, lead, and transform prospective donors, alumni, volunteers, colleagues, senior leadership, faculty and staff, students, and community to encourage them to engage with Wright State University.
Lead and challenge a diverse team consisting of Alumni Relations, Major, Planned and Annual Gifts, Corporate and Community Engagement, Marketing and Communications, Advancement Services, Events and Sponsorships, and in designing and orchestrating comprehensive campaigns.
Collaborate with the President and Provost to design a compelling vision for the University's third comprehensive campaign. Stages will include feasibility, leadership recruitment and case development, solicitation of principal gifts, national launch events, public phase, and celebration of success!
Enhance constituency-based advancement programming including regular communication and strategy development with deans, department chairs, unit directors, and faculty.
Listen, interpret, and move ideas forward to fruition. Effective strategies which are thoughtfully developed and shared with prospective donors.
Align Institutional Advancement's strategic plan with the research, service, and teaching missions of the University.
Expand the University's commitment to engaging the corporate community through the creation of an active and dedicated strategy of service and partnership.
Develop and manage budgets to be both thoughtful and creative with finite resources.
Support the infrastructure needs of the organization and team including an evaluation of database capacity and needs, prospect research and management, data collection and uses, donor confidentiality, and reporting.
Work with volunteers to include the University Board of Trustees, the Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as college advisory boards.
Understand the importance of the Alumni Relations function and how to support the Alumni Association Board of Directors. There are 108,000 alumni of record.
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Wright State University serves nearly 18,000 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools. Located in the city of Fairborn in Greene County, Ohio, Wright State is conveniently situated adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is less than 10 miles from downtown Dayton. One of our eight colleges, Wright State University–Lake Campus, is a university-operated regional campus on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. The Wright State alumni community is more than 109,000 strong. For more information please visit www.wright.edu.