Associate Vice President for Major Gifts

Augusta, Richmond County
Apr 07, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Georgia Regents University (, a premier public comprehensive academic and research university and major integrated academic health center, announces a national search for Associate Vice President for Major Gifts. We welcome applications and nominations. The Associate Vice President for Major Gifts is a dynamic, visionary leader with strong personal and professional integrity who will work closely with key stakeholders to provide leadership in the planning and management of all initiatives related to corporate, foundation and major gifts on behalf of the Georgia Regents University (GRU). The selected executive will play a vital role in the development and implementation of a comprehensive fund raising program that works in collaboration with the GRU executive leadership in a team capacity to develop and implement institutional advancement and major gifts activities in alignment with the University’s strategic plan. The Associate Vice President will guide the institution to new levels of fundraising through a collaborative process of establishing, advancing and building long term relationships and effectively managing a portfolio of existing and potential contributors. The selected individual possesses maturity, vision and confidence to provide leadership and drive initiatives that advance GRU’s presence and stature within the community as one of the nation’s premier public research universities and a destination of choice for students and faculty. Georgia Regents University (GRU) is seeking a dynamic and accomplished advancement leader who can work effectively in a highly matrixed and relationship-driven culture. The Associate Vice President for Major Gifts must be a strategically minded visionary leader who knows how to effectively develop and drive sound fundraising strategies in a complex and dispersed but system-oriented environment. He/she must embody the GRU enterprise mission and must lead through respect and humility. This is an exciting time to join GRU as it has recently made the transition into an integrated academic health center and consolidated comprehensive research university, only one of four such public entities in the state. With the integration of the university and health system, the consolidation with Augusta State University, and the addition of new leadership to a renowned team of passionate healthcare professionals and outstanding faculty, this is the perfect opportunity for the winning Associate Vice President for Major Gifts to help lead the enterprise to even greater heights. About Georgia Regents University Founded in 1828, Georgia Regents University (GRU) is a unique blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the innovative. Formed through the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, GRU is one of only four public research universities in Georgia. The university's mission is to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service as a student-centered comprehensive research university and academic health center with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies. GRU offers more than 110 degree programs in nine colleges, including the nation's 13th-oldest medical school, the Medical College of Georgia (MCG); the state's sole dental college; the nationally ranked James M. Hull College of Business; the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science and Mathematics; Allied Health Sciences; Graduate Studies; and Nursing. GRU's Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Georgia and satellite campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Rome, and Savannah. Students are taught by some of the most prestigious scientists, clinicians, artists, and scholars in the nation. Over 1,000 full-time faculty members not only convey vital information, many also conduct extensive research. GRU has a strong commitment to medical research, building on a proud tradition that boasts such breakthroughs as fertility treatments and beta-blocking drugs for cardiac arrhythmias. Graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to conduct and present research, and many participate in faculty-led research. GRU's nearly 10,000 students come from over 83 countries and nearly all of Georgia's 159 counties. Students may take advantage of an active student life with over 110 chartered student groups, Study Abroad trips, a challenging honors program, Reserve Officers Training Corps, cultural programming, intramurals and club sports, a wellness center, and intercollegiate athletics. GRU’s research enterprise includes nearly $100 million in public- and private-sector funded research programs aimed at reducing the burden of illness, with internationally recognized areas of excellence in cancer, neurosciences and stroke, cardiovascular biology, regenerative & reparative medicine, public and preventive health, and personalized and genomic medicine research and discovery. GRU fields teams in NCAA Division I men's and women's golf, and the men's team claimed back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011. In 11 other sports, the Jaguars compete in the Peach Belt Conference in Division II in basketball, baseball, cross country, softball, volleyball, tennis, and outdoor track and field. Georgia Regents University comprises one of the largest employers in the Augusta area, and its overall economic impact on the area's economy approached nearly $1.4 billion in 2011. With 650 acres of campus and nearly 150 buildings, the university includes nine colleges and the integrated academic health system includes Georgia Regents Medical Center, Georgia Regents Medical Associates and the Children's Hospital of Georgia. Georgia Regents Medical Center consists of a 478-bed main adult critical care hospital, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the largest children’s hospital in Georgia outside of Atlanta, a 13-county Level 1 regional trauma center, extensive outpatient clinics, and the region’s largest Cancer Center. Georgia Regents Medical Associates, primarily composed of GRU clinical faculty, represent the region’s largest multispecialty practice group, with over 400 clinicians. While the Georgia Regents Health System, Medical Center, and Medical Associates are independent not-forprofit entities, they are aligned to each other and to the university through a joint operating agreement and by an integrated management team. The President of the university serves as CEO and Chair of the Board of the Georgia Regents Health System and Chair of the Board of the Medical Center. The Dean of MCG serves as the Chair of the Board of the Georgia Regents Medical Associates. Georgia Regents University is committed to creating and sharing new knowledge as a university and to growing national and international stature in education, research, and health care. For additional information, please visit The Community Augusta is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city. Full of history, atmosphere, Southern charm, and activities to engage everyone's interest, Augusta is a vibrant and livable community with a cost of living that ranks among the most favorable in the U.S. Sited on the Savannah River with convenient access to the city of Atlanta, the Georgia/Carolina Mountains, and the Georgia/Carolina/Florida coasts, Augusta offers a quality of life that is second to none. Nestled along the banks of the mighty Savannah River, Augusta offers its visitors, and more than half-a-million residents, traditional Southern charm plus the perks of big city life—arts, culture, shopping, educational opportunities, fine cuisine, state-of-the-art healthcare, sports and a slew of recreational pursuits. Augusta is a city that champions and values variety. Its’ increased multiculturalism adds to the city's effervescent personality making Augusta a very desirable place to live. Here you can literally soak up the best of all worlds. Augusta hosts a number of major sporting events including the Ironman Triathlon, the GRU Augusta Half Marathon & 10K, the Augusta Invitational Regatta, the Georgia Junior Championship, and the prestigious Masters Tournament. For additional information, please visit Role Specifications • Career track of progressive, documentable accomplishments in driving impact, outcomes and success as a resolute, experienced professional with a history of fundraising success. Advanced knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, capacity to provide visionary leadership for fundraising efforts, direct successful capital campaigns, and oversee the progressive growth of a major donor development program. Brings a record of proactive identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a significant major gifts portfolio. • Highly innovative, bringing a diverse strategy that encompasses inventive models of funding to leverage a variety of demographics, geographies, business partnership approaches and regional/national resources in addition to effectively managing a portfolio of existing and potential contributors. • Proven skills in conducting research and evaluations designed to identify reach out to and secure major gift prospects. • Leadership presence, relationship building skills, and executive sales acumen with proven experience in identifying, cultivating, nurturing and closing significant annual and multi-year gifts and contributions. • Demonstrated expertise in cultivating and managing donor relationships to inspire passionate commitment to the university, connect prospects and donors with the GRU mission, and elicit long-term participation by the donor community. • Documented skill to ensure sound management of the department's fiscal affairs. • Proven record of establishing and maintaining a supportive and effective team culture. Management skill and strong desire to grow the skill sets of the department staff through professional leadership and mentoring. Ability to assess and utilize the volunteer base to advance the mission. Skills to collaborate with senior staff, faculty, board members and volunteers to constantly evolve and continuously improve fund raising efforts. • Possesses a passion for the university and a willingness to be deeply involved in university activities. Skilled in the leadership, planning, execution and management of fundraising events. • Leadership presence to elevate the visibility and credibility of the institution and represent and promote the University in the community, state and region. • Marketing mindset to communicate and elevate the value and potential of the major gifts department among the campus community, and to inspire broad-based personal participation and passionate commitment to philanthropy and support of advancement/development initiatives among university faculty, staff, and leadership. • Leadership acumen to advise Executive leadership on major gifts initiatives. Coaching and mentoring skills to develop fundraising and donor relationship skill sets among executive leadership and board members. • Possesses the capability and experience to create and oversee program areas such as annual alumni giving, corporate giving, fundraising event management, stewardship and planned giving along with the management skills to provide consistent reporting of administrative activities. • Record demonstrating a working knowledge of processes, procedures, legalities and compliance regarding fundraising activities. • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree preferred. Active and long-term leadership in professional organizations, civic organizations, personal relationships with executive-level colleagues, and record of success as a business executive with exposure to a diversity of industry sectors, desirable. Values Alignment The Associate Vice President for Major Gifts should be a strategic thinker, a visionary leader who thrives in a challenging environment and is clearly aligned with the GRU values of: • Collegiality – reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of community, and teamwork. • Compassion – reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility. • Excellence – reflected in distinction, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality. • Inclusivity – reflected in diversity, equality, fairness, impartiality, and respect. • Integrity – reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability. • Leadership – reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency, and vision. Other Personal Characteristics • Emotional maturity reflected in genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, political savvy, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability. • An energetic, well-grounded, innovative, service-oriented personality and calculated risk taker with a bias for action, a record of setting and surpassing objectives, and the proven “can do” conation and drive to execute strategies and produce results beyond expectations. • A smart, effective, team oriented bottom-line producer. • Possesses a strong moral compass reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability. The highest personal integrity and ethics, with a visible commitment to the mission of Georgia Regents University. • An approachable, positive minded, likeable persona with a sense of humor and exceptional relational skills. Discernment to effectively “read” people. Skill to rapidly gain confidences. Collaborative, sharing demeanor. • Strategic, forward thinking and future-oriented. • Demonstrates mutual respect for diverse cultures and inclusivity and a commitment to a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. • Decisive, yet inclusive. Proven experience in making consistent, fair, fact-based decisions and sound judgments. • Passionate, motivational leader able to craft an effective yet efficient plan and execute. Able to facilitate multiple competing priorities with excellent follow through skills. Proven ability to see the big picture but also dive into the details when necessary. • Excellent presentation, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills. Communicates complex information clearly and succinctly. Ability to sell a point in a non-polarizing manner. • Influential, with effective social skills and high level of comfort in social settings, community events and gatherings. High visibility, both within the organization as well as outside the organization; a willingness to be a representative of Georgia Regents University in the community. • Understands and drives to excellence. An effective, creative problem-solver. Likes a challenge, and is willing to take risks. Key Attractors • Career advancing opportunity to serve as Associate Vice President for Major Gifts for a nationally prominent and growing institution, building upon the University’s commitment to academic teaching, research, and healthcare while advancing GRU’s mission to become one of the nation’s preeminent public comprehensive academic and research universities and major integrated academic health centers. • A rare opportunity to play a mission-critical role in building the nation’s next great academic and research university & integrated academic health center in a position where pivotal decisions will define, shape and elevate the future of an evolving institution. Bring your best ideas, create the ideal model, and make your mark while building a lasting legacy within an environment where you will be listened to, heard and affirmed. • Be the key leader overseeing major gifts initiatives on behalf of a nationally acclaimed academic, research and healthcare enterprise with a documented commitment to excellence in education, involvement and integration into the community, and an ongoing commitment to having superior facilities, technology, and material resources. • Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance combine to offer a superb quality of life in a highly desirable locale where family members will discover a warm, open, sophisticated, highly educated community that offers an outstanding array of activities, amenities, services and cultural opportunities. All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review. AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer To advance your interest, forward your resume and biography to the search firm assisting GRU: For more information or to discuss this position, contact: Scott Watson, Executive Officer and Senior Partner Stephanie Franklin, Senior Search Consultant 817.236.2207