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Chief Advancement Operations & Strategy Officer

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Other Business & Management, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Senior VP-Advancement

Division Name

Senior VP, Advancement

Position Title

Chief Advancement Operations & Strategy Officer

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Vice President ( SVP ) for Advancement, the Chief Advancement Operations & Strategy Officer ( CAOSO ) provides both university-wide and divisional scope level leadership in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining the university’s externally facing marketing, as well as, the advancement division’s operational strategy to realize the vision of leading and shaping the future of advancement. The CAOSO is a critical leader on the Advancement team and at the University. Overseeing the advancement business and systems operations as well as university marketing, the CAOSO will lead the creation of several new teams to drive strategy.

Essential Functions

1. Provides responsible leadership oversight to the head of university marketing, being responsible for creating, managing, coordinating, and executing innovative marketing plans and strategies that achieve the university’s and Auburn University Foundation’s goals, as well as, Advancement’s fundraising and campaign efforts and goals.

2. Oversees all advancement operations functions including finance, accounting, gifts and records, prospect management and research, information systems, infrastructure/building operations, donor compliance, data analytics, data science and market segmentation.

3. Provides fiscal oversight for the Advancement operating budget and Auburn University Foundation accounts and expenditures.

4. Leads the creation of a donor compliance program ensuring the charitable gifts are awardable and impactful and spending is appropriate and prudent.

5. Leads the creation of a data analytics, data science and market segmentation program to produce predictive personas, think-alike clusters, and target markets.

6. Collaborates with executive leadership to develop and execute comprehensive advancement. strategies to lead and shape the future of advancement and deliver the best in class organization to Auburn University, its constituencies and team.

7. Builds and nurtures highly effective relationships with advancement leaders, campus leaders, board members and partners.

8. Champions and drives change, anticipating resistance and involving key stakeholders in pursuit of the business case.

9. Serves on the advancement leadership team, engaging all departments and partnering to maximize relationships and deliver outcomes.

10. Provides oversight to the development and implementation of the financial growth strategy for the Auburn Advancement and AUF ; Sets the expectation for the use of a structured and data-driven process in the establishment and management of unit goals and budgets.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

No specific discipline.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Demonstrated successful experience in the higher education advancement arena, including exposure to the disciplines and functions inherent in advancement operations/leadership. Desired experience would include direct or indirect (functional) accountability (in whole or part) for business, administration, finance, marketing, analytics, and strategy. At least 5 years of experience supervising full-time employees.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Advanced knowledge of Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) gift regulations related to the tax deductibility of gifts; CASE Standards; VSE reporting.
Working knowledge fundraising techniques and strategies, accounting and budgeting principles and practices, and effective leadership practices.
Knowledge of core marketing principles, strategies, and best practices as well as marketing and communications mediums.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and thorough knowledge of business English, spelling, grammar.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications

Preferred 10-15 years combination of experience and education.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

Salary commensurate with qualifications

Job Category

Development/Alumni Affairs

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility. Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate

Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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