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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations

East Carolina University

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Job Title:

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations

Position Number :


Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

UAH University Development Admin

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Division :

University Advancement

Classification Title :

Asst Vice Chancellor

Working Title :

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations

Number of Vacancies :


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Anticipated Recruitment Range. Salary offered may be outside of this range as impacted by budget, UNC salary administration, and/or candidate qualifications.:

$75,153 - $120,000

Position Location (City) :


Position Type:


Job Category :

Non-Faculty Senior Administrative

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Division of University Advancement, under oversight by the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, is the friend-raising and fund-raising arm of the general academic areas of the university; therefore, all of its activities are designed to generate support, financial or otherwise, for East Carolina University. The units and subunits within the division work together to identify, involve, cultivate, and solicit alumni and friends of the university to gain financial support from the private sector for the purpose of enhancing the long- and short-range growth and welfare of the university. University Advancement is comprised of the East Carolina Alumni Association, the ECU Foundation, and the ECU Health Foundation.

The areas of Advancement Services, Donor Relations, and Strategic Initiatives support the operations of the Division of University Advancement and its associated foundations. The unit oversees the university’s alumni and donor database (Agilon ONE and any replacement CRM) and all associated systems, such as Anthology Encompass, Crescendo, Mongoose Cadence, and ThankView. Advancement Services and Donor Relations assists with data integrations, updates and verifies alumni records, manages donor prospect tracking systems, oversees endowment and impact reporting, oversees communication and social media for the division, provides leadership for division stewardship processes and events, and oversees strategic initiatives across the division.

Job Duties :

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations, a position that reports to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and serves as an active member of University Advancement’s senior leadership team. The AVC leads three essential teams – Advancement Services, Donor Relations, and Strategic Initiatives – to create and sustain strategic customer-service-oriented and donor-centric operations and communications that support the Division of University Advancement and its partners. These efforts are intended to broaden the engagement of the University’s stakeholders and increase gift revenue from individuals and organizations supporting the University’s priorities. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations should have experience in advancement information technology, personnel management, budget oversight, campaign planning, donor relations, strategic communications, and events.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Advancement Operations will have:

  • Deep understanding of and appreciation for the philanthropic process
  • Ability to deliver organizational and team-based strategic planning
  • Understanding of effective and efficient best practices for multiple areas within University Advancement
  • Superior technology skills are required, including an understanding of complex data management tools, technical skill/experience with industry-specific software and familiarity with institutional software platforms
  • Understanding of business and financial management principles
  • Leadership skills, specifically managing across complex organizations
  • Talent management skills for training, mentoring, and motivating staff teams
  • Ability to identify and analyze complex situations and recommend or implement strategic, effective courses of action in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to build trust-based, respectful, and effective relationships with administrators and colleagues as part of a team in a large, complex university
  • Knowledge of VSE and CASE reporting standards and management guidelines for educational fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills with a high attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and self-starting

PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL TIME30% – Strategic Operations and Infrastructure Management
Collaborate closely with the Vice Chancellor to set and implement University Advancement standard operating procedures, goals, and budgets. Oversee the planning, operation, and evaluation of the technology infrastructure supporting university-wide development, marketing, and alumni relations activities. Ensure compliance with industry standards, VSE and CASE guidelines, and UNC System and ECU policies. Develop and oversee campaign and initiative tracking mechanisms to ensure milestone achievement. Utilize analytics to drive success across the division.25% – Administrative LeadershipProvide strategic leadership and administrative oversight, including budget and staffing, for Advancement Services, Donor Relations, and Strategic Initiatives functions and operations supporting the strategic plans of the university, the division, and associated entities. Develop and communicate a vision for Advancement Services, Donor Relations, and Strategic Initiatives to stakeholders across the university. Serve as a vital member of the University Advancement Leadership Team. Attend various events throughout the year, including occasional overnight and weekend travel.25% – Marketing and Communication OversightDevelop integrated marketing strategies and activity plans for key programs to achieve campaign and initiative objectives. Oversee, track, and enhance communications, stewardship, donor relations, events, and promotions across all audiences. Maintain a strong understanding of and ensure implementation of industry-specific best practices and standards.15% – Collaboration and Relationship BuildingWork collaboratively with deans and senior administrators to foster broad, coordinated involvement and cooperation regarding gifts and records management, outreach, donor relations, alumni and donor CRM systems, policies, and procedures. Provide leadership and direction internally to build a culture of customer service, achievement, professionalism, and efficiency while coaching and mentoring staff members. Maintain a close working relationship with Financial Services.5% – Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education/Experience :

A Master’s degree and 5 years of demonstrated progressive experience in a fundraising environment, or a Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of demonstrated progressive experience in a fundraising environment. Thorough understanding of and experience in comprehensive campaigning from organizations at the $100 million-plus level.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment within a highly complex organizational structure.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

Graduate degree, or extensive related professional experience. Experience working with executive leadership to advance strategic priorities. Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals, with a high level of accountability for dollars raised goals. Exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to express and recognize ideas and opportunities and communicate goals and objectives clearly. Tolerance for and ability to work productively in the context of ambiguity, uncertainty, and change.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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