Director of Advancement Services

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Job DetailsJob Location Life Chiropractic College West HQ - Hayward, CADescription ABOUT US

Life Chiropractic College West (Life West), is a leader in chiropractic education. Our dedicated focus on the profession sets us apart from other institutions making our doctoral and continuing education programs some of the most sought-after in the world.

Through a leading-edge curriculum and clinical training experience, we provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, philosophies, attitudes, and competencies to be the best in their field. Life West also empowers transformation. We believe that an outstanding education provides opportunities and resources far beyond the classroom experience. Our mission is to support the full career lifecycle from the classroom to retirement.


The vision of Life West is to create a brighter future for humanity through graduating chiropractors who have a deep understanding of service, and of the innate potential of the human body to heal and adapt to its environment. The Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares graduates for personal and professional fulfilment in a climate of giving, doing, loving and serving from a place of abundance.

PURPOSE The Director of Advancement Services reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and is responsible for facilitating continued organizational growth in partnership with our faculty, staff, and leadership. The Director of Advancement Services will guide the College’s development programs and play a vital role in formulating and executing capital campaigns, fundraising, and assisting the Institutional Advancement department.


  • Effectively communicate LCCW’s mission and program needs to all constituencies.
  • Responsible for developing the annual plan that achieves the fundraising goals of LCCW and the department goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for development reporting and administrative record keeping to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Manage master grant calendar and prepare program budgets, monthly funder reports, and collateral materials.
  • Develop and manage semi-annual direct mail appeals and internet marketing program.
  • Identify, cultivate, and successfully solicit corporate, foundation, and individual funding sources based on donor cultivation best practices.
  • Plan and execute creative strategies to identify sources of major gifts, utilizing creative research techniques and electronic searching methodologies to ensure campaign initiatives have sufficient prospects to meet goals.
  • Support planning and implementing of fundraising events and activities such as the WAVE, annual golf classic, Cal Jams, and other events.
  • Work with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement to publish the Annual Report and manage gift acknowledgment communications.
  • Work with the Director of Alumni Relations to establish and execute planned giving program throughout the country, as well as identifying international major gift prospects.
  • Actively participate in programs and communication strategies designed to cultivate alumni loyalty through lifelong engagement.
  • Responsible for reviewing proposals, tasks, and maturation dates to ensure Life West Chiropractic College is appropriately forecasting revenue stream for the campaign.
  • Oversee and monitor all internet and external communications so that the look, style, and message are consistent and in conformity.
  • Provide leadership for developing Life West's fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts.
  • Ensure that the College constituency and surrounding community grow in understanding of the school's mission and how it is being accomplished.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the relationships within the college constituency are continually strengthened.
  • Develop relationships with key donors and develop strategies that will bring donations to LCCW.
  • Assume additional responsibilities and perform special projects as needed or directed


In addition to satisfactory performance on all of the responsibilities for this position, all College employees must fulfill the following basic performance expectations:

  1. Values, Mission and Goals: All employees are expected to know and work by the College's values, mission and goals as set out in the college Strategic Plan..
  2. Customer Service: All College employees will strive to provide outstanding customer service to everyone they serve including students, the community and fellow employees.
  3. Grooming and Appearance: College employees are expected to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. When issued, College personnel must wear uniforms, and maintain a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance.
  4. Safety Awareness: College employees are expected to work diligently to maintain safe and healthful working conditions, and to adhere to proper operating practices and procedures designed to prevent injuries. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment as provided, depending on the position.
  5. Attendance Standards: College employees are expected to attend their work assignments and schedules at all times, pursuant to the College's Employee Handbook.
  6. Training: College employees are expected to attend College-provided training sessions and meetings when deemed necessary or required.
  7. Continuous Improvement: College employees are expected to give attention to continuous assessment and improvement of the position's assigned set of duties and responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Communications, Community Development, Non-Profit Management or related field.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in the field of development preferred.
  • Prior knowledge and experience in higher education preferred.
  • Possess a strong track record in fundraising.
  • Ability to demonstrate experience leading innovative and successful development activities to support organizational goals.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of College constituents to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Ability to coordinate a number of varied programs and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to solicit and close major gifts.
  • Excellent manager of people and programs.
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with donors.
  • Understand database environment including sharp analytical skills with data of all types.
  • Ability to be flexible and a strategic thinker.
  • Knowledge of accounting and fiscal management as well as competence in analyzing data and producing specialized reports.
  • High degree of integrity; highly ethical.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • High degree of initiative and independent judgment.

  1. Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.
  2. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information; collect, compile, and prepare work documents; and set up and maintain work files.


  1. Work performed in a general office environment.
  2. Periodic travel required.

Life West is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College's policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors except where otherwise provided by law.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of Life Chiropractic College West. Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.


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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 9/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time