Director of Advancement Services

Southern Nazarene University
Bethany Campus - Bethany, OK, 73008

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Bethany Campus - Bethany, OK

Position Type: Staff Full-Time

Education Level: High School

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%



Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


The Director of Advancement Services plays an important role in supporting the Office of University Relations mission to strengthen donor commitment to Southern Nazarene University.

This position serves as the primary administrator for the University Relations database system and is tasked with ensuring the highest integrity of constituent and gift records. Duties include gift processing; managing constituent records; generating queries, exports and lists for use by the University Relations office as well as others in the SNU community; generating reports; reconciling gift accounts with the Finance database; and supervising and training staff in the use of Raiser’s Edge:NXT (RE:NXT).

The ideal candidate has strong analytical and problem-solving skills, leads with personal initiative and ownership, is responsive to deadlines, can manage several projects simultaneously, understands and appreciates processes, works well in a team environment with the alumni and fundraising arms of the University, and will embrace a role where they can partner with the entire campus as a resource for engaging alumni and supporters of the University.


Essential Functions:

  • Assume responsibility for managing the Raiser’s Edge:NXT database and for connecting with key University systems in order to meet short and long-range goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate gifts and pledge accounting for all alumni/development programs, including supervising the gift entry process and assisting with gift entry as needed.
  • Work with the University Relations team to maintain a current and accurate database of donors (individual, corporate, and church) and alumni, including managing constituent record updates to names, marital status, relationships, deceased status, etc.
  • Prepare a bimonthly summary report of donor/gift activity to the Associate VP, which will be shared with the team and administration.
  • Work closely with the Finance office arm of the University to assure proper fund placement, account reconciliations and reporting, by reconciling on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Develop an annual operational plan and objectives for the advancement services area. Provide regular communications to the team as the plan is implemented and refined.
  • Work with University Relations staff and others on campus to identify their information needs and provide accurate lists and reports to assist them in fundraising and relationship-building.
  • Work with the Office of the Registrar and the Admissions Office to obtain and import record data on current students and new graduates.
  • Manage the collection and recording of student/alumni data pertaining to individual participation in such activities as student government, sports, fine arts, clubs, etc.
  • Support prospect management, assigning prospect managers, tracking and reporting prospect cultivation and solicitation, on donor records as needed. Provide action and prospect reports as requested.
  • Develop an understanding of fund-raising and constituent relations programs and take a proactive role to support them with systems and services.
  • At all times maintain donor confidentiality and protect donor records following industry and University guidelines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to operate office equipment.
  • Ability to provide quality customer service
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. According to SNU policy, all faculty and staff must possess a strong personal Christian commitment and be committed to the SNU mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ centered community.
  • An understanding of the importance for diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • High school graduate.
  • Three to five years experience managing data and office systems.
  • Understanding of the implications of donor restrictions on gifts, and the ability to document and reconcile data.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple demands in fast paced work environment
  • Typing and spelling competency
  • Proficiency with various computer software applications, including Raiser’s Edge (or another similar CRM), Microsoft Office (including proficiency with Excel and Word), Google Suite
  • Data entry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some college coursework
  • Experience in higher education or other similar non-profit data management position

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision and work assignments from a designated supervisor, although other staff members in the unit may provide work direction.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervises the Data Entry Specialist and coordinates work assignments for student employees.

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Generous benefit structure including family health insurance plan (shared cost), long term disability, dental insurance, group life insurance, retirement matching, tuition remission, vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays.


Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. It is an expression of the educational ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. Based at its main residential campus located just west of Oklahoma City, SNU serves students from around the world at multiple locations in Oklahoma and through online educational opportunities. 

Founded in 1899, SNU grew out of several small evangelical colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. During the later part of the nineteenth century, settlers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas founded these educational institutions to promote the optimistic message that the result of people fully aligning their lives with God’s work in the world would be personal holiness and compassionate service.

Southern Nazarene University values each person created in the image of God, therefore, we also desire to be a community that reflects representation of diversity. We care about inclusion and equity through the refining of our character, the way we create culture and the way we serve Christ. Our University values reconciliation through God’s love.  

 Southern Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, veterans status or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.

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