Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Communication and Engagement

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Communication and Engagement

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Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


University Advancement

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
The Division of University Advancement is specifically charged with attracting private sector resources to support the primary mission of FSU which is “to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the state.” Specifically, the Division of University Advancement provides support, expertise, and leadership to: secure private and public financial resources for support of the annual fund, special projects, student scholarships, the endowment, and other institutional programs and priorities and campaign initiatives; properly steward and appropriately recognize our supporters; heighten awareness of our unique brand to key publics in domestic and international markets; serve as a resource in providing information to the campus community about fund-raising initiatives and constituency relations; involve our supporters and friends in the life of the University through a variety of special events and other constituent-specific initiatives; develop programming and benefits to strengthen alumni ties and encourage lifelong support of their alma mater; & foster creative and quality communications, internally and externally, to keep stakeholders accurately informed about institutional achievements and our continued progress toward educational excellence!

Description of Work Continued::

Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Communication and Engagement in the Division of University Advancement is responsible for developing and coordinating a matrix of communication and donor relations strategies focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of support for all campaigns, stewardship initiatives and fundraising efforts. Directs and oversees the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program. Ensures effective coordination between the areas of major giving, annual giving, communications and donor relations. Serves as a member of the University Advancement senior leadership team as well as the university-wide communications council to maintain high-level consistency across all academic and administrative platforms.

Duties and Responsibilities
Serves on the senior leadership team for the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the annual giving, donor relations and special events, and communications programs, including special projects. Researches and implements emerging trends and best practices in these areas and makes recommendations for improvement.

Develops and implements the annual calendar of activities that enhances outreach efforts including annual giving fundraising initiatives, special events, printed materials, web-based communications, social media, stewardship programs and other special projects. Acts as project manager to determine and allocate the resources (staff time, funding, and equipment) required to complete activities and meet deadlines while maintaining or exceeding the standard of excellence.

Provides strategic direction and oversight for a robust annual giving program which includes ensuring that FSU grows in this area as measured in terms of total dollars raised, percentage of participation, consistency of giving and average gift size. Provides strategic direction and oversees the operations of donor relations and special events, and communications programs to advance the mission of the Division by maintaining strong relationships and addressing the needs of alumni, donors and friends.

Measures and analyzes results and evaluations of the annual giving fundraising strategies, marketing and communication strategies and donor relations strategies to determine effectiveness and formulate plans for future refinement and enhancement. Creates and manages budgets to ensure the most effective use of allocated resources. Manages vendor relationships, including contract negotiation.

Leads, motivates and manages the growth of the donor programs operation. Responsible for hiring, orientation, on-going training and professional development and performance planning and evaluation of the staff, as needed.

Adheres to University policies, procedures and regulations. Performs any and all relevant duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Advancement.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

A Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field and a minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, communication or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications::

Advanced degree preferred.

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience in a higher education environment and/or non-profits.

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Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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