Associate Vice President for Advancement
The Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Programs is responsible for the comprehensive development, alumni and advancement service programs, as well as directing the work of all advancement staff at the University of Central Missouri. The Senior Associate Vice President also serves as a major gifts officer, maintaining a portfolio of major and planned giving prospects. As lead facilitator/manager of the advancement team, the Senior Associate Vice President plans and implements objectives to further the mission of the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation in its support of the University of Central Missouri.
• Coordinate the planning and implementation of all advancement activities, including annual fund, alumni relations, major gifts and planned giving as well as the development of annual and long-range strategic plans. This responsibility includes the infrastructure required for future major giving initiatives including the support of a comprehensive campaign.
• Build and lead the work of the development, alumni staff and advancement services.
• Provide leadership in creating a culture of engagement at University of Central Missouri, working closely with the Alumni Foundation, athletic fundraising and all academic units.
• Coordinate the fundraising activities of the colleges, departments and units by working with the constituent development officers in meeting their fundraising goals. Provide leadership and direction for the advisory boards, committees and support groups.
• Participate as a member of the senior development management team in direct support and provide consultation to the Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director of the UCM Alumni Foundation.
• Personally manage a portfolio of prospects or cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major, leadership and principal gifts prospects.
• Create relationship paths that utilize the President, senior administration, Deans and other academic leaders in prospect development and solicitation
of gifts. Assist in the planning of prospect and donor visits. Elevate a prospect/moves management program to create a more efficient/effective principal gift program.
• Supervise and assist in the professional development of the fundraising, alumni and advancement service staff.
• Lead staff in establishing a strong philanthropic-focused and supportive work environment.
• Provide staff leadership for assigned committee(s) of the UCM Alumni Foundation Board of Directors to include the Development Committee and possibly others.
• Hire, train, inspire and guide direct reports and the fundraising team toward achieving accountable goals and outcomes.
• Integrate a comprehensive annual giving and alumni relations program into the overall institutional engagement, giving and connectivity objectives.
• Develop and manage a budget.
• Facilitate, develop and maintain strategically aligned staff work and accountability plans.
• Design, implement and evaluate annual performance measures required for successful major gift fundraising outcomes: specific donor-related strategies, visits, solicitations, proposals, dollars raised.
• Master’s degree preferred
• Five (5) years fundraising experience required with proven success in leadership and managing major giving programs.
• Proven success in cultivating and closing major gifts.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; the ability to prepare proposals, reports and correspondence is also required.
• Campaign experience desirable.
• Higher education or not-for-profit experience preferred.
This position reports directly to Dr. Jason Drummond, Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director of the UCM Alumni Foundation.
The Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Programs works extremely closely with the UCM Alumni Foundation, which has a distinguished legacy. Founded in 1979, the UCM Foundation strives to grow a vibrant, integrated resource-development program fostering a culture of philanthropy, benefiting students and helping the University achieve greater regional, national and global distinction. The Foundation has more than $50 million in total assets and averages approximately $4.5 million annually in gift revenue.