Associate Vice President of University Advancement and Campaign Director

La Verne
Oct 04, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of La Verne

Associate Vice President of University Advancement and Campaign Director

Job Description Summary:
The primary function of the Associate Vice President for Development and Campaign Director (AVP/CD) is to lead the comprehensive fundraising efforts of the $125M campaign. Serving as second in command under the Vice President of Univeristy Advancement, the AVP/CD leads all fundraising efforts including Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Athletics, and Colleges. Leading, supervising, managing, training and motivating a team of 10 gift officers, one advancement writer and one administrative assistant, the AVP/CD will manage his/her own portfolio with 60-75 prospects and donors with his/her own aspirational metrics and fundraising goals as an essential part of leading by example.

Specific Duties:

As a essential member of the Vice President for University Advancement’s leadership team and the second in command for VP, the AVP/CD will be a highly strategic mission-driven individual, responsible for leading and achieving annual and campaign fundraising goals by developing, planning and monitoring all fundraising initiatives and programs for current gifts. The AVP/CD for Development will acquire and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the University’s mission, vision, strategic plan and current academic and other programs. The incumbent will ensure that all front-line fundraising staff is similarly informed.
The incumbent will secure annual and major gift commitments by maintaining a portfolio of 60-75 donors and prospects (both individuals and corporations) capable of giving $25,000-$1 million or more; conducting a minimum of 8 personal visits per month with prospective donors (for a minimum of 96 personal visits annually and with solicitation metrics); and will lead, monitor, mentor train and evaluate front-line fundraising staff in successfully meeting department-wide annual and campaign fundraising goals. This leadership position requires a flexible work schedule, including regional and out-of-state travel, evenings and weekends.
The AVP/CD will work closely with the President, the VP, deans of the colleges, and athletic director, as well as appropriate faculty and volunteer leaders, to achieve the fundraising goals for approved priorities, pursuant to the 2020 Strategic Vision.
In collaboration with the VP for University Advancement, campaign counsel and others, the incumbent will formulate, define and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and opportunities; facilitate appropriate relationships between current and prospective major donors and the President, administrators, faculty, and staff of the university.
The AVP/CD will lead and direct the work of the volunteer Campaign Steering Committee by indentifying, engaging and motivating some of the univeristy’s most loyal and committed donors and prospects.
The AVP/CD will coordinate and directly work with the university’s campaign counsel.
The incumbent will represent the President and VP as necessary at events, meetings, and other functions where neither can be present.
In the VP’s absence for the office for buisness travel or other, the AVP/CD will serve in his/her stead, directing the comprehensive activities of the University Advancment division.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must demonstrate a commitment to staying current in all higher education best practices.
Must be able to utilize office technologies like MS Office Suite and relational database.
Banner experience is a plus.
Social Media experience is a plus.
Must be able to utilize office technologies like MS Office Suite and relational database.
The successful candidate must have a minimum of five years of experience (10 preferred) in higher education fund raising, in progressively responsible positions. At least three years of fundraising experience with proven success in securing major gifts through personal solicitation, as well as at least 3 years experience in supervising professionals in a successful advancement operation.

Must be able to demonstrate successful experience and effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.

Must possess superb verbal and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills; be detail, goal and results oriented; be self motivated with the ability to make high-level independent decisions; be collaborative and a team player; demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with a wide range of personalities, relationships and situations; possess the ability to maintain enthusiasm for hard work, changing priorities, and multiple deadlines, as well as the ability to interact well with a diverse community of faculty, students, and constituents.
Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the University’s core values of Ethical Reasoning, Civic and Community Engagement, Lifelong Learning and Diversity and Inclusivity.

Preferred Qualifications:
Masters Degree

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions:
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The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation


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