JOB SUMMARY: The Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations is a senior level position and will manage a full range of activities, including overseeing the advancement services team and grants program, developing strong neighbor and government relations, and contributing to the management of operational activities.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The statements below are intended to describe the principal duties of the person or persons assigned to this role. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities. Lasell University has the right to add or change the job responsibilities at any time.
Leads the department's efforts to capture and enhance data and must understand the fundraising process and be able to implement best practices with regard to data integrity and management;
Analyzes data to guide future fundraising decisions and ensure that DAR staff and university leadership have access to complete and reliable fundraising data;
Manages a team of two talented advancement services staff, providing mentorship and guidance, and ensuring that the team balances productivity and excellence;
Ensures the accuracy of reporting of fundraising results to college constituencies, including monthly fundraising reports, updates for board meetings, campaign updates and for the annual report to donors;
Works with Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations to set strategic goals and objectives for the department and to develop and analyze budgets;
Responsible for the management of the Development and Alumni Relations Department in the absence of the Vice President.
Serve as the primary point of contact for all grant-related activity across the University including working with campus partners to identify new sources of foundation funding through to submission and reporting;
Develop compelling foundation proposals, in coordination with faculty and University leadership, that moves the institution forward in achieving its mission;
Oversee grant reporting and monitoring to ensure that grant funding is used for purposes it was given;
Serve as a primary point of contact for foundation program staff keeping them apprised of Lasell University priorities and looking for opportunities to request support.
COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Foster the spirit of honest and open communication, mutual understanding, and creative collaboration with the people whose neighborhood Lasell shares;
Serve on the Lasell Neighborhood Council and as liaison to the Lasell Neighborhood Association to inform the community about Lasell campus plans, events and activities, gather community feedback about upcoming projects, and relay any concerns or suggestion to campus leadership;
Nurture the relationship between Lasell University and the City of Newton by working closely with local leaders and civic organizations on mutually beneficial initiatives; and
Advance the strategic initiatives of Lasell among state and federal elected officials, their staff members, and with relevant governmental agencies, informing key legislators on issues concerning higher education and ensuring Lasell leadership is aware of relevant government actions
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE JOB: The ideal candidate will be a seasoned development professional who enjoys working in a fast paced, team environment. Being a well-organized, personable professional with strong initiative and great communication skills are also necessary for success. We believe in Lasell University, and each other, and we're looking for a team member who shares our desire to work hard, have fun, and connect with others in support of this thriving institution.
Minimum Education level: Applicants with a bachelor's degree or master's degree (preferred) also need a minimum of six years of development experience including grant writing.
Other Requirements of the Job:
Proven hands-on management and operational skills with the demonstrated ability to manage a sophisticated, comprehensive development operation;
Ability to oversee a broad spectrum of activities concurrently; a proven track record in setting and achieving ambitious goals; and the ability to manage a multitude of tasks and meet required deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills that allow for effective management, team building and quality relationships with a variety of constituencies, including Board members, major donors, faculty, administrators, colleagues and staff;
Ability to adapt one's communication styles, approaches, and skills in a manner that reflects an appreciation for, and commitment to, our increasingly diverse workplace and alumni community;
Ability to exercise exceptional discretion, confidentiality and judgment in dealing with sensitive issues;
Strong working knowledge of computers and proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, familiarity with SalesForce a plus;
Must be able to work some evenings and weekends and travel, as appropriate.
Review of resumes will begin immediately. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, current resume, and three reference names using the forms below.
Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.
About Lasell University
An innovator in education for over 150 years, Lasell University today is a comprehensive coeducational university offering professionally oriented bachelor's and master's degree programs. Our 50-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts-within eight miles of downtown Boston at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor.
We are known for helping students make the connection between classroom lessons and real life through hands-on activities such as internships, practicum, service learning, and meaningful projects.