Executive Director of Advancement Services #000106
Posting Information: Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Engagement, the Executive Director of Advancement Services serves as the chief information officer for the division, providing strategic leadership in the division's work to create and manage an effective infrastructure that supports the University's fundraising efforts. As a member of the Development and Alumni Engagement leadership team, the Executive Director of Advancement Services has primary responsibility for supporting institutional fundraising efforts by administering the University's fundraising database system - Banner Advancement; collecting and disseminating data through comprehensive report writing; creating and implementing best practices, policies, and procedures to ensure data integrity; leading the development of a comprehensive major prospect management program; and overseeing all Advancement Services functions, including accounting and gift processing for the Western Carolina Foundation, research, and records.
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: * Bachelor's degree and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in development and/or advancement services, with experience in a higher education setting preferred. * Experience working with relational databases is a necessity, preferably Banner Advancement. Query language skills required. * Experience working with financial databases, preferably Banner Finance. * Advanced proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite of programs (especially Excel, Outlook and Word), in a networked Windows-based environment. * Supervisory and team building experience required. * Scrupulous accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to exercise sound independent judgment, following established protocols and procedures. * General fundraising skills, including proficiency at supporting and participating in prospect management, data management and best practices, and working knowledge of tax codes and the ability to interpret IRS rulings as they apply to charitable contributions and fundraising. * Well-developed interpersonal skills including excellent oral and face-to-face communication skills, as well as the ability to consistently produce concise, professionally written communications; ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization, including executive level staff. * Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-based environment, utilizing strong project management and problem solving skills; independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines. * Ability to learn, interpret and apply a variety of complex policies and procedures. * Statistical literacy, strong analytical, organizational, interpersonal and demonstrated writing skills are essential. * Willingness to work evenings and weekends in the conduct of job responsibilities. * Ability to handle highly confidential information with respect and discretion.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree preferred. Coursework and/or relevant experience in statistics, research methodologies and computer science preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be considered or accepted. Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume, and list of reference (please include complete contact information) in order to finalize the application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or additional information, please contact Joyce Carpenter at (828) 227 - 3054 or at firstname.lastname@example.org