The University of Missouri Office of Advancement is hiring a
Director of Advancement to work as a member of the fundraising team
for the College of Arts and Science. This position will work under
the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director of
Advancement and in close collaboration with other advancement team
members, and unit staff. This position will have the opportunity
Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate:
- Raise funds to support students, faculty, staff, research, and
programs in the College of Arts and Science
- Develop and initiate appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and
- Solicit gifts of at least $50,000 from alumni, friends, and
- Establish and maintain authentic relationships that match
donor’s desired impact with organizational priority and lead to
impactful philanthropic gifts.
- Research and ask potential donors thoughtful questions to gain
insight into needs, beliefs, interest, and donation habits to
understand how best to engage them with the college.
- Regularly thank donors by proving impact reports explaining how
their donations made a difference.
- Under the direction of the Executive Director of Advancement,
partner with various A&S departmental leaders and faculty
members to provide direction in the development and implementation
of fundraising priorities. This particularly applies to the Kinder
Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Truman School of Government
and Public Affairs, and social science departments.
- Collaborate with other teams in the advancement community to
build partnerships and enhance fundraising activities.
- Travel inside and outside of Missouri.
- Actively participate in internal and external college and
alumni functions and meetings.
- Maintain complete and orderly records of contacts with
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service to
carry out the responsibilities associated with the position.
- Assist with other development related projects as needed.
- Works, formally and informally, within one’s team and across
the organization as a collaborator.
- Deeply cares and contributes to team success by openly sharing
ideas and information, actively listening, responding thoughtfully,
and offering support for others’ ideas and proposals.
- Communicates ideas, thoughts, and facts orally and in writing
effectively and can actively listen and respond appropriately and
- Identifies what needs to be done and acts before being asked or
the situation requires it and works independently to achieve
- Manages time efficiently with the ability to prioritize and
coordinate tasks with attention to deadlines, concurrent management
of projects and ability to create and follow a set strategy to
goals and objectives.
- Analyzes and evaluates information to make appropriate
decisions - even in difficult or ambiguous situations when time is
- Learns and understands organizational relationships and
dynamics and use them to achieve objectives and goals.
- Is confident of own ability to ask for money and close
- Willingness to travel in the US and work occasional evening or
weekend hours as needed
Compensation for this position starts at $62,000-$90,000
GGS Grade: 12
University Title: DIRECTOR II ADVANCEMENT
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A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable
knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
- A bachelor's degree
- Three to five years with progressively responsible fundraising
and/or alumni and volunteer relations management is preferred,
preferable in a development office setting.
- The successful candidate will be able to document successful
solicitation of major gifts and present a history of supporting the
building of an advancement program and fundraising
- Large university advancement experience will be highly
- Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the
stages in the donor life cycle
- Campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitation
experience is preferred.
- This person must be capable of flourishing in a fast-paced,
collaborative, and fluid work environment focused on performance
- Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic,
personal integrity, emotional intelligence, excellent communication
and organizational skills, strategic thinking and planning skills,
and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of
- Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary
interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as
can favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors.
- Evidence of a commitment to discovery and excellence,
self-motivation, a passion for Mizzou and/or the liberal arts and
working in an environment with a “team first” culture, and lifelong
learning and professional growth is also required.
Resume, Cover Letter, and Online Application
About The College of Arts & Science:
Established in 1841, the College of Arts and Science (A&S) is
an incredibly special college—we study everything from the earliest
forms of life on Earth, what it means to be human, how we think and
organize ourselves, to the universe. We bring this vast and diverse
scope of research and creative work to our students to help them
design their own futures, build an inclusive environment for
excellence, and serve Missouri and beyond.
Research and creative work in Arts and Science spans the breadth of
human knowledge. Our faculty are developing cancer fighting
radioactive chemicals that we hope will save lives in the not
distant future. We study the fossil record to understand how the
Earth has changed and how future changes will affect us, and we
develop ways to use data to understand athletic performance. Our
faculty put on theatrical, musical, and artistic performances that
stretch our imagination, help us interpret the world and
contemplate the human condition. We seek to understand human
behavior to eliminate addiction, while also studying policy that
might help guide us to a better future.
One of our core philosophies is teaching our students how to think,
not what to think. When they know how to think, how to approach
problems, how to understand the human condition, how to understand
the physical world in which we live, they can creatively solve any
challenge life throws their way. When our graduates move to the
next step in their lives, they are prepared for any career they
choose, including ones not yet created. They can think critically,
question everything, continually seek another perspective, and find
The College of Arts and Science is dedicated to bringing all our
work beyond our classrooms, studios, and laboratories. As a part of
an AAU public land grant institution, we serve our state and nation
by educating our students, advancing creative work and research,
and engaging Missouri and the nation.
About the Kinder Institute on Constitutional
More than anything, the Kinder Institute is a vibrant, diverse
community of scholars who share not only an academic interest in
rigorously unpacking the complex history of constitutional
democracy in the U.S. and around the globe but also a commitment to
collective inquiry. Both in the classroom and beyond it, our
undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty learn both alongside
and from one another, and they do so with the kind of civility and
interdisciplinary curiosity that is essential to generating
innovative scholarship and engaging in productive discourse.
About the Truman School of Government and Public
The Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, named after
Missouri-born democrat President Harry S. Truman, the 33rd
president of the U.S. (1945-1953), is NASPAA-accredited and ranked
among the top 50 in the U.S. News.
Almost 1,000 students and 10,000 alumni strong, the Truman School
of Government and Public Affairs provides an interdisciplinary
educational environment for undergraduate and graduate
Our outstanding faculty are published in the top journals in
political science and public affairs and bring that expertise to
the classroom. Their research projects provide outstanding
opportunities for students to work in real and influential
For more than 100 years, Mizzou has been providing excellent public
service education. For the last 20 years, the Truman School has
been at the forefront of the advancement of knowledge and practice
of governance in Missouri, the nation, and beyond.
We continue this legacy through informing public policy, educating
for ethical leadership in public service, and fostering democratic
discourse among citizens, policymakers, and scholars.
The Truman School looks to continue President Truman’s legacy of
commitment to public service. To accomplish this, we aim to educate
the leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to create a community of
people who study different aspects of making the world a better
Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is the oldest public
university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the
benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant
institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens, as
well as Missouri's largest public research university. Considered
one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34
public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri,
to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of
Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and professional
development in service to our overall mission of enhancing private
support of the University of Missouri. As a result, the division
continues to attract top talent from around the country. Comprising
180 staff members with a presence across the United States and
around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion
Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. At its
conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful philanthropic
campaign in the University's history, at over $1.4 billion.
At Mizzou Advancement, we celebrate our diverse community of
donors, alumni, staff, and friends. We are committed to taking bold
steps to create an inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard,
and valued. Our team is continually learning and growing on our
journey to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We
believe that diversity of views, informed by a breadth of life
experiences, help us to understand our humanity more deeply and
improve our service to mankind. Our efforts to be inclusive must be
intentional and thoughtful, so that we might realize the full
benefit of the diversity we seek to build within Advancement.
Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are
Columbia Missouri Information
Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining
small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with
big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally
renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers,
Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and
hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental
and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee
discounts. For additional information on University benefits,
please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure
each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse
backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual
pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in
learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our
university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and
expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of
teaching, research and engagement.
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