Vice President for University Advancement

Employer
Georgia College & State University
Location
Georgia, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
Oct 28, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
Vice President for University Advancement

Home Department: Office of the President

Employment Type: Regular (Continuous)

Appointment: Staff (12-Month)

Primary Function:

The Georgia College & State University Foundation supports the university by generating private gifts for scholarships, academic programs, student activities, campus buildings and special events.

The foundation provides opportunities for all alumni, parents and friends to make an investment in students as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders in a variety of professions.

Primary Purpose:

The Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) is the chief advancement officer for the University and advises the President on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of university development, alumni relations, and donor relations. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will advise the President and members of the Executive Cabinet on all aspects of donor and alumni engagement. The VPUA will effectively promote internal and external understanding and support of the university's liberal arts mission as correlated with giving and engagement goals. The Vice President serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia College & State University Foundation, Inc. and its associated corporations. The VPUA will work closely with the President and the GCSU Foundation Board of Trustees to set a strategic direction for university fundraising. The VPUA is responsible for the development, execution, and evaluation of all aspects of the University's comprehensive donor-centric engagement program, including its annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, legacy giving, donor relations, alumni relations, research and prospect management, advancement services, donor cultivation and stewardship.

Key Functions: Leadership, Administration , Fundraising

Job duties performed for the above function:

Serving as the chief advancement officer for the University, the VPUA advises the President on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of university development, alumni relations, and donor relations. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will advise the President and members of the Executive Cabinet on all aspects of donor and alumni engagement. The VPUA will effectively promote internal and external understanding and support of the university's liberal arts mission as correlated with giving and engagement goals.

The Vice President also serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia College & State University Foundation, Inc. and its associated corporations. The VPUA will work closely with the President and the GCSU Foundation Board of Trustees to set a strategic direction for university fundraising.

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The Vice President oversees the advancement operation with a staff of 25 responsible for campaign programs, university development, advancement services, and alumni affairs. The VPUA will work to strengthen and support the University Advancement Team.

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The VPUA is responsible for the development, execution, and evaluation of all aspects of the University's comprehensive donor-centric engagement program.

This includes its annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, legacy giving, donor relations, alumni relations, research and prospect management, advancement services, donor cultivation and stewardship.

Minimum Requirements:

1. A bachelor's degree and experience in donor-centric development operations.

2. Demonstrated experience in cultivating, solicitating, and stewarding a select portfolio of principal gift prospects including the President's portfolio and his/her engagement in fundraising activities.

3. An understanding and appreciation for volunteer or board management including an understanding of the importance of creating a diverse, representative board.

4. Knowledge of current and emerging best practices in fundraising and the capacity to adapt these, as appropriate, at Georgia College.

5. Strategic planning skills to ensure divisional support of the institutional mission of the University by reviewing and approving divisional plans, goals, and objectives. The ability to create systems of effective controls to guide work toward expected outcomes, and evaluate progress toward those accomplishments.

6. The ability to develop and manage the university and foundation budget for development, alumni, and fundraising efforts.

7. Strong communication capabilities, both oral and written, including active listening skills and the ability to speak effectively both with diverse groups of varying sizes and with individuals. Excellent organizational and delegation skills.

8. Demonstrated appreciation for and reliance on data and quantifiable outcomes and reporting.

9. Understanding of technology and its applications in both development and alumni engagement work.

10. The ability to build, engage, lead, and support a diverse, effective advancement team.