Executive Director of Advancement

Bentonville, Arkansas
Aug 05, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College

Posting Date: 08/03/2020

Posting Number: 2020096

Posting Type: External - Open to All Applicants

Classification (Appropriated) Title: Director of Major Gifts

NWACC Position Title: Executive Director of Advancement

Position Type: Administrative

Department: College Relations / Development

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Grade Level: 14 Pay

Rate $82,000 to $85,000


About the College

Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville, Arkansas is a comprehensive, public two-year college that serves and strengthens the community through learning for living. The hallmark of NWACC is its quality of instruction with classes by experts in class sizes that are small providing for highly personalized instruction. NWACC, founded in 1989, is one of the largest and fastest-growing two-year colleges in Arkansas with an enrollment of more than 8,000 college credit students and an additional 6,000 students taking non-credit courses throughout the region.

About the Area

The Northwest Arkansas region has attracted people to the area for multiple reasons including the growth of several major corporations, but they settle and stay because of excellent elementary and high schools, family-friendly and safe neighborhoods, many child-centered events, affordable housing stock in diverse communities, increasing cultural opportunities, an active local food and restaurant scene, and innumerable outdoor activities.


General Description of Position and Summary of Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director of Advancement is a key member of the College’s executive leadership team and responsible for overall strategy and efforts related to diversifying the College’s resource base through philanthropy. Serving a dual role, this position provides broad-based visioning, planning, evaluation, and execution of the College’s robust fundraising program, as well as manages the daily operations of the College’s affiliated non-profit foundation. This position acts as a liaison between NWACC and the NWACC Foundation Board. This position is responsible for all major gift fundraising for the advancement of the College.

EEOC Statement

Northwest Arkansas Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The college welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Required Qualifications:

Broad knowledge of such fields as advanced accounting, marketing, communications, business administration, finance, etc. Equivalent to four years of college, plus 5 years related experience and/or training, and 2 years related management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to read, analyze, and understand the most complex documents; Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane, algebra, solid geometry and trigonometry.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Advanced: Contact Management, Other, Presentation/PowerPoint, Spreadsheet, and Word Processing/Typing
Intermediate: Accounting, Database


Under administrative direction, setting up own standard of performance. Virtually self-supervising. Reports to senior management of the organization.

Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the organization and delegation of work operations for a group of employees engaged in widely diversified activities.

Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance which would have considerable effect on the final attainment of multiple major activities and the organization’s projects of a large organization component and organization’s clientele. Organization’s final decision maker and authority.

Comprehensive and very intense mental demand. Comprehensive and continual involvement with multiple divisions, departments and/or organizations. Strategic and operational management functions which relate to both the short-term and long-term time periods.

Minimal oversight. General oversight. Activities covered by general organizational philosophy and objectives. Solving problems in novel, non-recurring or swiftly changing situations in which the approach is not fully defined. Guidance by organization’s board of directors or business owner(s).

Supervises a small group (3-7) of employees, usually of lower classifications. Assigns and checks work; assists and instructs as required and performs same work as those supervised, or closely related work, a portion of the time. Content of the work supervised is of non-technical nature, but presents numerous situations to which policies and precedents must be interpreted and applied.


Supervises the following departments: Institutional Development

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Occasionally responsible for organization’s property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.

Probable errors would normally not be detected in succeeding operations and would definitely have serious effects in relationships with patrons and/or with the operations of other segments of the organization. Frequent possibilities of error would exist at all times, since the above mentioned areas are inherent in the job.

Minimal oversight. Highest level of freedom to complete the duties of the job as guided by board policy with oversight by organization/company board.

Enormous. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization that would exceed $100mm.

Major impact. Job has a considerable impact on the organization’s end results. A high level of accountability to generate, manage, and/or control funds within a department and/or total organization.

Extensive contacts with various diversified sectors of the public environment; wherein, the contacts are of extreme importance and failure to exercise proper judgment can lead to substantial losses to the organization.

Continuous contacts frequently involving difficult negotiations which require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing. Involves contacts with senior level internal officials.

Regular use of highly complex machines and equipment; specialized or advanced software programs.

Somewhat disagreeable working conditions. Continuously exposed to one or two elements such as noise, intermittent standing, walking; and occasional pushing, carrying, or lifting.

The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

High diversity, low physical. Work activities which allow for considerable amount of diversity as an incumbent performs a variety of tasks. Such tasks might be performed from a given work area, or the individual may move about physically in performing a variety of duties.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Summary of Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provides strategic leadership and creative direction for all development activities and drives their implementation, developing a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the College that will enable it to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.

• Manages day-to-day operations of the Development Office and the NWACC Foundation, assuring sound fiscal operation of fundraising activities including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions, income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring, and implementation.

• Provide direct supervision of the Development Office staff, conducting formal performance evaluations to inspire accountability, success, continuous improvement, and professional growth.

• Collaborates with College Administration, NWACC Trustees and NWACC Foundation Board members to create both the short-term and long-term strategic plans for fundraising activities and alumni relations.

• Plans, lead, and direct capital campaigns and other major College initiatives that require external community support. Provides appropriate stewardship and reporting as necessary.

• Manages strategic communication, marketing, fundraising, and stewardship plans for the Development Office and the NWACC Foundation.

• Identifies, cultivates, and solicits major gift, annual gift, and planned gift prospects and implements appropriate recognition and stewardship.

• Maintain existing donor relationships and build new connections through effective follow-up, responsive communication, and recognition.

• Assures design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management system, informational reports, and donor recognition programs.

• Ensures institutional-wide fundraising is coordinated and carried out in relation to the College’s values, mission, vision, and long-term plans.

• Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy to share current trends, issues, and problems with the administrative team and board members.

• Provides direction for and ensures the successful organization and execution of special events (i.e. Soiree, Scholarship Luncheon, Holiday Reception, press conferences, etc.).

• Assures proper investment of NWACC Foundation funds according to the Board of Directors and Finance Committee policies and oversees annual Foundation audit. Monitors and analyzes financial reports, projections, etc.

• Serves as liaison to the NWACC Foundation Board of Directors, initiating correspondence, meeting materials, as well as follow-up.

• Establishes performance measures, monitors results, and evaluates the effectiveness of fundraising programs.

• Maintains policies and procedures for the Development Office and the NWACC Foundation to ensure best practices that are transparent and ethical.

• Collaborates with cross-functional external and internal audiences to promote a positive public image for the College.

• Attends and coordinates a College presence a variety of community events, promoting a positive public image and serving as spokesperson on behalf of the College as appropriate.

• Researches and writes proposals to individuals and granting organizations for capital, scholarship, and other major requests.

• Establishes strategic partnerships with business and industry and engages in special projects for the benefit of the campus.

• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.


Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:


Physical Demands/Work Environment:

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.”
• Feeling
• Grasping
• Reaching
• Standing
• Stooping
• Walking

• Driving
• Hearing
• Repetitive motion
• Sitting
• Talking

• Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding

Open Until Filled Yes