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University Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for a Director for Advancement for the Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
POSITION PURPOSE UW Advancement is seeking a dynamic fundraising professional to serve as the Director for Advancement for the Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. This person is responsible for providing leadership to attract private support, enhance strategic marketing and communications with internal and external constituencies, and strengthen advocacy and engagement among alumni and community partners to advance the mission and values of Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Uniquely positioned, this role will sit on the executive team for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Advancement, within the Office of the Provost, driving integrated fundraising for student access, success and diversity across the university.
The Director takes primary direction from the Assistant Vice Provost of Academic & Student Affairs and is jointly supervised by the Vice President, Student Life, Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES Fundraising and Strategy Development Identify, foster the engagement, and facilitate the solicitation of alumni and friends for leadership and principle gifts in support of the unit fundraising priorities (including capital projects), as articulated through a constituency based fundraising program.
Create and execute strategies to qualify and build strong, long-term relationships between unit leaders and prospects who can invest significantly as philanthropists and/or advocates.
Create and direct strategic external outreach activities of the units with an aim of building and expanding the units’ base of engaged constituents. This includes helping develop key messaging to drive funding priorities in collaboration with unit marketing and communications staff for written proposals, informational materials, and endowment agreements.
As part of the university-wide advancement planning process, work closely with Assistant Vice Provost, ASA, to establish annually with the Vice President, Division of Student Life, and Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, goals, objectives and strategies for the units’ advancement activities.
Actively manage a portfolio of current and new prospects, meet assigned performance metrics, and develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for each assigned prospect.
Leadership and Team Management Lead and support a team of professionals who will implement all aspects of the Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs advancement programs; including annual gifts, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, donor recognition and stewardship.
Drive and inspire successful attainment of key performance metrics and provide day-to-day management of operations.
Provide leadership and training for the Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs advancement team to retain and develop high performing staff in collaboration with ASA advancement leadership.
Work in collaboration with Asst. Vice Provost, ASA to staff Vice President, Dean, and other unit leadership for high net worth prospect qualification, engagement, solicitation and stewardship.
Serve as compelling spokesperson for units’ funding priorities and advancement efforts.
Manage and reconcile balanced budgets for the Division of Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs in partnership with Asst. Vice Provost, ASA.
Regularly evaluate programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results to the Vice President, Dean and Asst. Vice Provost.
Program Development and Management Actively participate in leadership activities for ASA, Student Life, and UAA as determined by the respective head of each division. This includes, but is not limited to attending regular staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning sessions.
Partner with Director of Parent & Family Programs in curating parental involvement and philanthropy.
Help provide a baseline of services and education in support of program led advancement efforts for stewardship, communications, alumni engagement and annual giving.
Collaborate with other advancement officers as their units develop and pursue student success related goals at the undergraduate level.
Provide training and leadership for unit leaders and program directors to mutually plan and share information enhancing efforts to identify, engage, solicit and/or steward major donors, fundraising advisory board members, friends, alumni, community and corporate leaders.
Participate cooperatively in the University’s prospect management and tracking system.
In partnership with Director of Marketing and Communication, provide strategic direction for comprehensive communication plan for internal and external constituencies that will promote private fundraising priorities and objectives for the unit.
Other duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised Direct and evaluate the work of: Assistant Director of Major Gifts, Student Life Assistant Director of Advancement, Greek Life Director of Marketing & Communications, Student Life Assistant Director of Advancement, UAA
Core Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Fundraiser Donor focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with the UW.
Results oriented: Act decisively to achieve results.
Planning and implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals.
Conflict resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
Management Driving results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals.
Organizational planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization’s mission, priorities and goals.
Managing conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
People builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders.
Strategic Visioning: Anticipates emerging trends and issues and develops a clear sense of purpose and goals that focus and drive the creative energy of the organization in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
Organizational acumen: Analyzes a situation, balances reason and the interest of others, and acts in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success.
Selflessness: Demonstrates ambition first and foremost for the organization and concern for its success rather than for one’s own personal gain.
Professional will/fearlessness: Displays an inner intensity and dedication to making everything the best that it can be. Shows resolve and determination to make the organization great.
Focused on organizational sustainability: Communicates uncompromising desire to make the organization even more successful in the next generation.
REQUIREMENTS A bachelor’s degree and at least six years of progressively responsible experience in institutional development/advancement, with an emphasis on cultivating, and soliciting major gifts, preferably in a complex higher education environment with management and operational experience. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience.
Demonstrated ability and commitment to managing, developing, mentoring, and coaching staff and colleagues on fundraising principles.
Ability to effectively communicate objectives, energize and inspire staff to achieve results and meet goals while creating a culture of trust and collaboration across other units.
Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and achieve comprehensive team goals; ability to accurately forecast and develop short term and long-term goals.
Confident manner and ability to shape consensus among multiple stakeholders with potentially conflicting viewpoints. Manage to a positive and sustainable outcome.
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information.
Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail.
Ability to make decisions and meet goals in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Advanced degree. Familiarity with R-1 level research university environment. Student development experience plus Delta training.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Ability to work a flexible schedule for events scheduled on evenings and weekends.
Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally as necessary and includes having reliable transportation for local travel that will allow attendance to meetings in a reasonable time frame.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
BENEFITS As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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