Asst Dir, University Relations



Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of University Relations, the Assistant Director oversees and implements comprehensive university volunteer and engagement programs that support the strategy and objectives of University Advancement.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

Manages a comprehensive volunteer portfolio, which includes FGCU stakeholders such as Town and Gown board, FGCU Academy students, community leaders, parents, donors, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and prospects who are unassigned by the development team. Manages the FGCU Eagle Volunteer program where FGCU employees volunteer with non-profit agencies in the community.

Builds relationships and manages the community engagement programs, which includes sponsorships and partnerships. Manages the budget, participants, and impact to the organization. Attends Chamber and club meetings, provides remarks, follow-up, and reports on how organizations can support the activities and initiatives of the Office of University Relations.

Coordinates the President’s Suite at FGCU Athletic games, which includes an invitation, tickets, credentials, parking, catering, and host guests during games. Tracks guest's attendance, coordinate follow-up plans and makes recommendations for the next steps.

Coordinates Joyful & Triumphant, a holiday concert that includes VIP and community guests. Responsible for venue selection, guest experience, invitations, and program distribution.

Designs a comprehensive engagement strategy to meaningfully engage and funnel volunteers into the donor pipeline. Using tactics such as FGCU Speaker’s Bureau, lectures, special events, webinars, tours, and special programs to inform and educate the stakeholders on the opportunities available at FGCU. Establishes goals, organizes, promotes, and facilitates projects through all phases including idea, design, approval, and implementation.

Implements a high-value volunteer management system for identifying, evaluating, and managing volunteers and current donors.

Collaborate and coordinates with University Relations colleagues and relevant

academic units to create strategic partnerships, consolidate efforts and maximize opportunities for volunteer engagement.

Attends development, alumni, WGCU, FGCU Academy, campus events and serves as a liaison to committees that support and advance the mission of University Relations in the FGCU community

Maintains and updates the University Relations website, print materials, and promotional items for engagement.

Other Duties:

Serving as a phone back-up to other areas within department, filing/organizing office documents, greeting and routing any office visitors, ordering office supplies as needed, maintaining equipment/manage repair if needed. Handling community/campus inquiries regarding FGCU.

Managing the fiscal processes for University Relations: invoices, reimbursements, cash deposits, monitoring of UR budget.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field.

Six years of professional full-time experience with Advancement, fundraising, or other relevant experience.

Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.

Demonstrated success identifying new funding sources.

Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook).

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field.

Fundraising experience in a higher education setting.

Event planning and/or volunteer management experience.

Experience and proficiency with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles, best practices, trends, and legal constraints of fundraising and gift solicitation within higher education.

Knowledge of or ability to learn Raiser's Edge.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Skill in public speaking and delivering presentations to individuals and groups.

Demonstrated skill in planning, developing, and producing events and special projects with strong attention to detail, when numerous and diverse demands are involved.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects.

Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with a diverse group of colleagues, donors, volunteers, and community members.

Ability to think critically and creatively, have a high standard of integrity, and be motivated to incorporate best practices into the organizational structure.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion at all times.

Ability to anticipate problems and address them proactively.

Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as necessary.

FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.

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