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DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT College of Arts and Science Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

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Job Description

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 to:
  • Raise funds to support students, faculty, staff, research, and programs in the College of Arts and Science
  • Develop and initiate appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Solicit gifts of at least $50,000 from alumni, friends, and corporations.
  • 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 donors.
  • 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.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate:
  • 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 effectively.
  • Identifies what needs to be done and acts before being asked or the situation requires it and works independently to achieve individual goals.
  • 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 critical.
  • 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 philanthropic gifts
  • 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 annually

GGS Grade: 12


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Minimum Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 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 performance.
  • Large university advancement experience will be highly valued.
  • Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the stages in the donor life cycle (cultivation/solicitation/closing/stewardship).
  • 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 and outcomes.
  • 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 Missouri.
  • 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.
Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, and Online Application

Other Information

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 better answers.

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 Democracy:

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 Affairs:

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 students.

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 settings.

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 place.

About Mizzou:

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 American Universities.

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 Mizzou Advancement

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.

Benefit Eligibility

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

Values Commitment

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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