Director of Advancement Services

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, NE
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Nebraska Wesleyan University seeks applications for a Director of Advancement Services to manage the team responsible for Advancement Information Systems, Constituent Records, and Gift Accounting. The Director of Advancement Services will be a member of Advancement’s Leadership Team and will be involved in strategic planning, budgeting, coordinating cross-team projects, and other leadership duties across the Advancement division.

The position will develop and use customized reports from relational databases to extract and collect data using data systems and tools including SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Microsoft Dynamics 365. The generated analysis provides support for institutional and departmental strategic planning, donor portfolio files, and data comparison including critical biographic and personal data relevant to constituent records; therefore, the successful candidate will possess a high level of confidentiality, initiative, and self-motivation.

The successful candidate will understand the impact of philanthropy on the University and the degree to which the mission and strategic goals are dependent on Advancement’s work.

  • Manages a team of 2+ staff responsible for data entry, gift processing, reporting, and data integrity.

  • Works closely with the Vice President for Advancement, Director of Advancement Program Strategy, Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Development, and Director of Sponsored Programs to set division priorities, manage budgets, develop policies and procedures, and align Advancement’s work with institutional goals.

  • Develops, queries, cleans, and analyzes datasets from internal and external data sources to be used in various data/report requests.

  • Identifies data sources, definitions, and timelines appropriate for analysis.

  • Collects, maintains, and prepares standard and ad hoc data reports for the Advancement team and President’s Office.

  • Effectively organizes, summarizes, and communicates data results in tables, charts, and other documents.

  • Oversees data management for Advancement Information System (Ellucian CRM Advance), verifies data input, and corrects errors as identified.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field.

  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising staff.

  • 3+ years of experience in a data-reporting or data-analysis role, or related experience involving data collection analysis, interpretation, and presentation of quantified data.

  • Experience with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).

  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics 365.

  • Experience in creation and use of relational database systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, architect, and implement complicated technical report writing services and data management solutions.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking, time management, and ability to troubleshoot complex reports and analytical issues with data.

  • Demonstrates the ability to multitask and manage several projects at once.

  • Demonstrates good organizational, writing, and proofreading skills; must be detail oriented, adaptable, and flexible; and work in an environment with multiple interruptions.

  • Possess good interpersonal communication skills, as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with technical documentation is a plus.

  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain and be responsible for confidential information.

Preference will be given for:

  • Experience in the non-profit or educational sector, especially related to gift entry and data management.

  • Experience with Ellucian CRM Advance or other relational database systems used in Advancement.

  • Significant proficiency with other data analytic or report writing software.

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Applicants are encouraged to
demonstrate how they enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials.

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply

To apply, please upload a letter of application addressing qualifications, resume, a diversity statement, and the names of three professional references at the following URL: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Working at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Since our founding in 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan University has both grown and remained steadfast to a liberal arts education in a Christian environment. Nebraska Wesleyan University is considered one of the strongest institutions of its kind in the Midwest, and has been continuously accredited since 1914.

NWU at a Glance

  • Founded in 1887
  • Located in the University Place neighborhood of northeast Lincoln, NE
  • Approximately 1,600 undergraduates, 225 graduate students and 275 adult learners
  • 53 majors, 41 minors, 18 pre-professional programs
  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 75 student organizations
  • Seven Greek chapters
  • Thriving study abroad and service learning programming

Mission Statement

Nebraska Wesleyan University is an academic community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth within the context of a liberal arts education and in an environment of Christian concern.

Nebraska Wesleyan was founded by Nebraska Methodists and actively maintains its relation to The United Methodist Church. The University reflects the Judeo Christian tradition in its efforts to integrate questions about meaning and value with the pursuit of learning and understanding.

The University is committed to excellence of academic endeavor and to learning as a lifelong process. The curricula and programs are designed to assist students in gaining and expanding knowledge and skills, in developing their competence in rational thought and communication, in broadening their perspectives on humanity and culture, and in enhancing their spiritual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic resources.

Nebraska Wesleyan intends that its students develop a sense of individual worth and become useful and serving members of the human community.

Approved by the Board of Governors – February 8, 1979
Reaffirmed by the Board of Governors – May 12, 2000

Statement of Vision
Nebraska Wesleyan University will be an outstanding national liberal arts university, where the educational experience transforms each student to lead a life of learning, service, leadership, and success in a diverse world.

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