Assistant Vice President for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy

Stony Brook, NY
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Assistant Vice President for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy-1701328

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Master's Degree. Five years of full time progressively responsible experience in operations and/or performance management. Expert knowledge of fundraising best practices. Proven record of developing and implementing initiatives and strategies designed to maximize performance. Previous supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration, Organizational Leadership or a related field. Additional years of full time progressively responsible experience in operations and/or performance management.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Assistant VP for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy will serve on the University’s senior advancement team. The Assistant VP will have direct responsibility for the supervision of fundraising initiatives that support all aspects of the capital campaign and will work closely with Major Gifts, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. As a key member of the University advancement team, the AVP will report to the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, and will work closely with other senior level members of University Advancement, Stony Brook Foundation, President, Deans, and other volunteers and development staff to develop initiatives and strategies designed to maximize the fundraising potential for Stony Brook University.

The AVP must have a good sense of the balance between the art and science of development. The AVP will oversee campaign operations in conjunction with leadership; supervise the preparation and delivery of development reports; review and develop proposals; provide supervisory functions for major gift fundraisers; and participate in fundraising by actively assisting with major gift/principal prospects including solicitations as appropriate. The selected candidate must have a solid understanding of best practices. The successful candidate will also bring strategic vision and discipline to the program, specifically as it pertains to campaign reporting and objectives by developing and delivering strategic plans. He/she will be passionate about Stony Brook University’s mission.

The AVP will have a proven ability to manage broad members and diverse program areas as well as the enthusiasm and drive to set and achieve ambitious goals. A collegial, collaborative, and accessible leadership style is essential, as are the creativity, energy and political savvy needed to introduce, inspire, and champion new ideas. Candidates must possess a high level of integrity, be a self-starter, and have the ability to adapt to and lead within changing circumstances and environments.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for the comprehensive campaign including strategic planning, management, execution and coordination with other divisions in order to achieve goals. Convenes work groups, facilitates difficult or complex discussions, manages progress and otherwise makes sure assigned initiatives are successful. Responsible for fundraising support of the comprehensive strategy.
  • Implement best practices, utilizing clear, measurable performance metrics and strengthening a culture of accountability through the use of data, performance dashboards, and ongoing communications.
  • Design and build a Grateful Patient program for Stony Brook Medicine working with the AVP for Medical Advancement and the Annual Fund.
  • Develop a strategy to effectively implement digital and social media projects.
  • Develop and clearly communicate efforts to benchmark peer institutions to identify best practices and innovative ideas in higher education advancement.
  • Work with the Senior Vice President to implement, monitor and review the fundraising strategy and communicate strategies, policies and procedures effectively to development staff.
  • Partner with managers to enhance fundraiser performance through a strategic focus on metrics and targeted professional development opportunities.
  • Provide support to hiring managers and HR Business Partner on candidate recruitment and interviewing strategy.
  • Report to the Senior Vice President for Advancement to monitor and report on progress with the University’s most important donor prospects on campaign priorities.
  • Expected to prepare and deliver campaign reports that analyze campaign progress at all levels.
  • Plans, facilitates, and accomplishes strategically identified, cross-functional projects and process improvements designed to enhance individual, team, and organizational performance. Identifying skills to be built to increase organization-wide fundraising and project development capacity and design and deliver a training program to support this.
  • Leverage external relationships in the Advancement community to benefit Stony Brook. (e.g., peer universities, other public institutionally related foundations, CASE and EAB).
  • Works across the organization to solve systemic problems, create large scale efficiencies and put in place new or improved practices identified as “best in class” in the advancement profession.
  • Acts as a key resource for change management activities and the “go to” person for technical assistance and/or training in the practices of project management and process improvement.
  • Serve as a member of the University Advancement leadership team and foster collaboration within the department and across the campus. Act as a representative of Stony Brook University to a wide range of external constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a proactive and responsive partner to administrators, faculty, and staff across the university, effectively addressing both opportunities and concerns. Systematically engage academic leadership and faculty in the fundraising process, assisting them to build and strengthen relationships with alumni and friends and to leverage the interest and support of their most successful constituents and stakeholders.
  • Lead by example, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and professional growth. Inspire, motivate, and actively mentor staff with transparent communication and an open, inclusive approach. Have a strong skill set in project management, written and verbal communication, and research, data and analytics to inform decision making.
  • Identify and develop plans for institutional fundraising initiatives.
  • Maintain an active personal portfolio of prospects as appropriate in light of management responsibilities.
  • Attend University Advancement and alumni functions as appropriate.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes: This is a full time position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption. This position will require night and weekend work. Travel will be required for this position.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollack House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

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Official Job Title: Assistant Vice President
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Advancement-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30 am - 5:00 pmAdvancement-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: May 11, 2017
Posting End Date: May 25, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade: MP3


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