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Advancement Officer

Employer
Sewanee: The University of the South
Location
Sewanee, TN
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Job Details

Open Date:

07/09/2021

Classification Title:

Advancement Officer

Division:

Advancement

Department:

Major & Spendable Gifts

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:

2E

Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time

Appointment:

Regular

Primary Function:

The Advancement Officer increases the Universities fund-raising capacity through the successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a pool of prospective donors with the capacity to make gifts in the $100K to $1M range and assessment of selected prospects on an ongoing basis.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively with others and accepts direction from supervisors.
  • Maintains oversight of a pool of Leadership prospects ($100K+), including the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from $100K and above.
  • Build and advance strong personal and professional relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the University that result in philanthropic contributions; serve as a resource, advocate, and spokesperson for advancement programs at the University.
  • Works independently and creatively to match donor interests with institutional priorities and develop funding proposals and negotiate and structure complex gifts.
  • Prepare briefings, stewardship plans/letters and other correspondence for prospects, collaborating with other Advancement colleagues and other University staff.
  • Ensure the timely capture and recording of data relating to the assigned prospect pool.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the University’s campaign priorities, academic and extra-curricular programs and key faculty and administrators; serve as an Advancement liaison to a specific institutional program area.
  • Collaborate with other Advancement colleagues on special fundraising projects and/or events.
  • Solicit an annual gift for each prospect, either through personal visit, solicitation by a volunteer, or through Annual Giving programs.

Judgment Required:

Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

Budgetary Responsibility:

None

Machines & Equipment Used:

Personal Computer
Vehicle
Cell Phone
Printer
Internet
Various Software Packages

Education:

Bachelor’s degree required

Knowledge of institutional advancement and advanced fund-raising techniques, including planned giving.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, and relational databases; such as Banner.

Experience:

5+ years of progressive fund-raising experience and training in development or fund-raising field with special emphasis on annual giving programs.

Job Related Skills:

Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal, analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills, frequent cultivating awareness; solicitation and follow up through correspondence and personal visits.

Licenses/Certification:

Driver’s license

Student Contact:

Minimal

Internal:

Faculty
Staff
Executive Office

External:

Potential & Existing Donors
Parents
Alumni
Visitors

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:

Support Staff

Positions Indirectly Supervised:

None

Confidential Information:

Giving Histories
Contact Reports
Wealth Screening information

Working Environment:

General Office
Travel

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks, Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work), Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Significant Travel Required
Night and Weekend Work Required for Events

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Company

Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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