Associate Director of Advancement - (31876)
This position works within the Gift Planning Team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual major gift prospects in key academic and programmatic areas. The primary responsibility is to obtain private major and planned gifts at the highest level. This position serves as the development officer for the inclusion and diversity advancement program with the responsibility for securing private and corporate philanthropic support for equity and inclusion diversity. This individual also supports the priorities identified by the university. While the highest priority is to generate charitable gift revenue, this position will focus on securing major gifts of $25,000 or more.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
This position reports to the Executive Director of Advancement. While the highest priority is to generate charitable gift revenue, this position will focus on securing major gifts of $25,000 or more. This position will develop major gift fundraising initiatives in key programmatic areas and serve as a key member of the regional development staff in efforts to increase philanthropic support for the university.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
1. Bachelor’s degree.
2. Three (3) years of experience with successful major gift solicitation.
3. Knowledge and experience in development and alumni relations fields.
4. Experience of emerging philanthropic markets (i.e., ethnic, LGBTQ, military veterans, young alumni).
5. Experience of diverse engagement strategies and philanthropic behaviors.
6. Experience engaging with diverse populations to develop a diverse philanthropic plan.
7. Demonstrated exceptional writing skills, strong oral communication with group presentation skills.
8. Demonstrable commitment to the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct in accordance with the CASE Statement of Ethics, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, and The Donor Bill of Rights. (Membership not required.)
9. Demonstrably strong work ethic and entrepreneurial mentality. A high-level of integrity, focus and commitment to achieve ambitious goals is essential.
10. Familiarity with the “moves management” approach to major gift fundraising
11. Experience working within a matrixed organizational structure where performance responsibilities are evaluated in different divisions.
12. A flexible attitude and clear ability to modify and adapt as situations arise.
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
1. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in a collegiate environment.
2. Advanced degree and/or professional designation ( CFRE ).
3. Capital campaign experience in higher education is highly desirable.
4. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and familiarity with appropriate foundation fundraising tools. Knowledge of computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects, and donors.
5. Commitment to the ideals and culture of higher education.
6. A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.
7. The ability to effectively work in a group/team environment to assist in intra-divisional initiatives.
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.
1. Ability and desire to engage in face to face relationship activities, primarily through the scheduling of one-on-one appointments with donor prospects who have never been engaged with NIU .
2. Ability and willingness to travel to meet donors and prospects in their homes and offices.
3. Business proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Access and Excel, including the tabulation of budget figures, creation of scenario planning tools and merging files; experience in enterprise systems for event and scheduling management.
4. Familiarity with fundraising tools. Knowledge of computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects, and donors.
5. Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
6. Excellent attention to detail.
7. Exceptional communication skills as there will be strong interactions with both internal and external constituents.
8. The ability to synthesize multiple sources of information.
9. Ability and willingness to travel, sometimes extensively; and to work extra hours, nights and weekends to ensure the job is done exceptionally well; Ability to work autonomously, as well as manage several constituents.
10. Experience working within a matrixed organizational structure where performance responsibilities are evaluated in different divisions.
11. The ability to think critically and strategically; capable of taking responsibility for specific goals within designated time frames. Capable of coordinating multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion.
12. A flexible attitude and clear ability to modify and adapt as situations and conditions change, as well as a resilience with regard to the rigors of public higher education and the increasing pressure of resource constraints.
13. A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.
While established University office hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, major donor work is professionally conducted at times and places consistent with prospect and donor availability. Oftentimes this work includes nights and weekends, and trips outside the Uni
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
Commensurate with experience and internal equity; position includes eligible benefits
Hiring Rate Information
Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.
Priority Review Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at https://www.niu.edu/work-at-niu/advancement/. by December 31, 2020. Applications will continue to be received until the position has been filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2020. For questions, contact Melissa Nigro, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Extensive and consistent travel is required for this position. Use of transportation is required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in writing and orally.. The employee frequently is required to stand for long periods of time; walk; use fingers and hands to feel, grasp, operate or handle objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to lift and carry 20 lbs. regularly.
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Is Background Check Required
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at email@example.com .
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