Vice President for University Advancement
Truman State University—Missouri’s highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university—seeks a bold, strategic, and creative administrative professional as its next Vice President for University Advancement. The University looks for a visionary leader who can design and implement a comprehensive and sophisticated institutional advancement strategy and who possesses an outstanding ability to build relationships. The Institution: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars involved with an academically-talented student body, Truman is a residential university providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and in-depth study in 49 undergraduate majors and 9 graduate programs. Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of educational opportunities that it offers and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. The institution is committed to a strong focus on high-impact learning experiences, and nearly half of Truman’s undergraduates go on to pursue graduate education. Truman is consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges. For 21 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest Regional Category. Other accolades include Washington Monthly, which listed Truman as the No. 4 master’s university in the nation and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine which ranked Truman as No. 19 among the 100 best college values in the nation. More information about Truman and what others have to say about the University can be found at www.truman.edu and www.truman.edu/about/facts-about-truman/points-of-pride/.
The Position: The Vice President reports to the University President and works closely with the Foundation Board of Directors to set the direction for the University’s external relations programs, including annual giving, major and principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, donor relations, alumni relations, research and prospect management, public relations, and capital campaigns. The Vice President for University Advancement serves as a member of the President’s Administrative Council, working with senior administrative leaders and deans to advance the mission and strategic goals of the University, design and recommend fundraising objectives, and provide leadership as a senior campus administrator. Managing a team of 22 dedicated staff members, the Vice President serves as the Foundation’s lead fundraiser, working cooperatively with the University President to manage a portfolio of leadership gift prospects for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities; serves as the liaison and resource person to the Foundation Board of Directors to ensure the business and fiduciary responsibilities are conducted in an effective manner and that board members have a meaningful experience; works with the four subcommittees of the Foundation Board of Directors (Finance and Audit, Investment, Development, and Nominating) to establish overarching priorities and goals with the subcommittee structure; and represents the Foundation to a broad range of constituencies, including Board of Governors, Foundation Board of Directors, Alumni Association Board of Directors, Parents Council, faculty and staff, government officials, and other groups as appropriate.
About the Foundation: The Truman State University Foundation was incorporated in 1984 and formed as a 501(c)(3) corporation designed to raise, distribute, and invest private gift resources for the benefit of the University and its students. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the University through lasting relationships, strong financial support, and prudent stewardship with a vision to create opportunities, inspire commitment, and build a lasting tradition. As of December 31, 2017, the Foundation held $55.8 million in total assets and $49.2 million in endowment. Private gift support from alumni and friends has risen in recent years, evidence of successful campaigns. The University’s current campaign, “Pursue the Future 2013-2018,” has a campaign goal of $40 million and as of December 31, 2017, has raised more than $38.2 million in cash, multi-year pledges, and new deferred gift expectancies.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have significant professional advancement experience in not-for-profit or higher education organizations; demonstrated success in progressively responsible advancement leadership experience; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, organizational efficiency, program administration, a strong sense of financial accountability, and management of resources with prudence and efficiency; as well as comprehensive knowledge of fundraising programs, ranging from annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, major and principal gifts, and planned giving. Superior communication skills; the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively; and the ability to build relationships and rapport with a wide range of individuals are imperative. A substantial track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts, including six and seven figure gift commitments, is necessary. A bachelor’s degree is required.
Location: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air (www.capeair.com). Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from La Plata (13 miles from Kirksville) to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. A. T. Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville. More information about Kirksville can be found at www.visitkirksville.com.
Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at TrumanStateVPUA@rpainc.org. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please call Kendra Mozug, Search Manager, or Dana John Cohick, Vice President and Senior Consultant at 800-992-9277. The review of candidates will begin on March 29, 2018, and first round interviews will commence thereafter.