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Chief Advancement Officer and UMKC Foundation President, 67712

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 19, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Other Executive
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Full Time
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UMKC Foundation

Job Description

The University of Missouri – Kansas City invites applications from accomplished dynamic and inspiring leaders for the position of Chief Advancement Officer and Foundation President.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation and the University seek a dynamic and experienced Chief Advancement Officer with a strong record of organizational fundraising and fundraising administration. The UMKC Foundation, acting as a separate organization, works collaboratively with all entities to encourage philanthropic support, while carrying out its donors’ wishes, often in perpetuity. The Foundation and the university work in a closely coordinated and cooperative manner to promote a philanthropic culture to benefit the university. Their Mission is to foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities. The vision is to be the valued and trusted partner that inspires, enlists and unites philanthropic support for Kansas City’s premier urban university.

Reporting to the Chancellor and the Foundation Board of Directors, the Chief Advancement Officer and Foundation President will have broad authority to shape and build an advancement program in the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning programs, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship and advancement services.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide expertise, leadership and executive support to the UMKC Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the University in concert with the University Chancellor and senior leaders;
  • Work closely with the Chancellor in all phases of his advancement and campaign leadership activities;
  • Serve as a member of the university leadership team and maintain close working relationships with members of the UMKC Trustees, the University’s primary outside support organization and key volunteers, alumni, parents, and friends;
  • Build and maintain a dynamic group of high net worth individuals and secure major, capital and planned gifts, as well as advanced annual gifts and endowment support;
  • Participate in strategic discussions and develop programs to strengthen the financial resources of the university;
  • Create and execute fundraising plans that utilize best practices in annual, major and planned gift programs to meet fundraising goals;
  • Ensure dynamic processes in all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;
  • Prepare for the launch of a capital campaign through comprehensive and effective planning, engagement and execution;
  • Hire, train, inspire and guide the entire advancement team toward accountable, goal- oriented outcomes;
  • Develop annual plans and budgets and create and implement an annual and long-term fundraising plan that includes strategies to dramatically increase giving in all sectors and with all vehicles (annual fund, grants, corporate/foundation relations, major, planned, and principal giving and capital campaign);
  • Engage university colleges, schools and programs to enhance the culture of philanthropy. Maintain close working relationships with faculty, coaches and campus departments whose cooperation is essential to effective outreach and fundraising;
  • Provide leadership and innovation in the areas of alumni relations, parent relations and other key constituent relations;
  • Devise and implement effective internal and external messaging and methods of advancement communication;
  • Serve as an exemplary university advocate with local government, business and corporate partners, and build relationships that closely link the community with the university;
  • Be active, visible, and involved in the advancement profession by promoting the success of UMKC’s advancement division and ensuring its program has a foundation of innovative, forward-looking best practices;
  • Embody values of caring,
  • compassion, justice, inclusion, integrity, competence and affirmation;
  • Treat members of the campus community with fairness, dignity and respect - seeking a spirit of unity and harmony to achieve a common mission;
  • Availability for extensive travel and all other duties as assigned by the Chancellor and Foundation board.
Position Details
For more information about this opportunity, to include a complete listing of Duties and Qualifications please review the Position Profile. If the direct link doesn’t work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click on Open Positions and Higher Education.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree is required - advanced degree preferred - and five years of experience as an Advancement/Development officer in a higher education or non-profit organization.
  • Experience building and leading a team of fundraising and administrative professionals is essential to fulfilling these responsibilities.
  • The successful candidate will display a record of leadership and accomplishment in advancement with a proven track record of fundraising success, especially with campaign planning and execution and in major gift solicitations.
  • Strong organizational, supervisory and leadership capabilities are required.
  • Successful preparation and solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts and presents a history of building advancement program and fundraising performance with strong experience in writing gift solicitations.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to affect favorably sophisticated volunteers and donors.
  • Must be a visible leader both on and off campus.
Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit eligible

Application Instructions

EFL Associates an executive search firm, is assisting UMKC with its search for this important leadership position. All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public.


STEP 1: Complete a brief online application (2-3 minutes):

STEP 2: Send us your résumé or curriculum vitae:
Send in PDF format please
Send to
Email subject line should read “UMKC-CAO Application Documents”

Application deadline is June 24, 2022
Semi-Finalist Interviews are tentatively scheduled for late July or early August, 2022
Campus Interviews are tentatively scheduled for week of August 15-19, 2022
The desired start date is late September, 2022, but is negotiable

Steve Waldron, JD
Managing Director, Higher Education Practice
816-945-5423 (direct)

If you would like to provide a nomination, please email all pertinent information (including email address and phone number of the nominee) to:

Ms. Edith Ketay
Project Manager, Higher Education Practice
816-841-4001 (direct)


UMKC, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs and serving approximately 16,000 students. The University is well positioned to address the demands of the times in a dynamic city that deserves and requires the benefits that accrue from a strong public university.

The UMKC Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that operates with its own Board of Directors. Established in 2009, the Foundation exists to encourage gifts and bequests to promote academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuits at UMKC. The UMKC Foundation manages an endowment—a collection of hundreds of individually named funds that are invested for growth—and annually distributes earnings providing private support for University programs, students and faculty. Through the prudent stewardship of donors’ gifts, the Foundation is able to ensure stability for programs and student financial aid. Since the principal is not spent, endowments generate earnings year after year. Mission and Governance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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