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Executive Director of Advancement


The Executive Director is a key strategic member of the Development Leadership team. The director oversees a large Development unit or department by managing and supervising professions stall and programs as assigned and setting strategic goals for business planning.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Maintain a portfolio of approximately 45 major, leadership and principal gift donors.
  • Primary fundraiser and development manager for assigned programs
  • Manage portfolios of fundraising prospects and manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring major gift solicitations to closure.
  • Responsible for coordinating solicitation with development and alumni officers/directors.
  • Oversees the operations of the development functions of assigned programs/colleges. Plans and monitors the budget.  Builds, maintains, and manages a strong team of development professionals.
  • Creates a structured process for the identification, recruitment, evaluations, recognition, and replacement of volunteers.
  • Coordinates the planning and implementation of all fundraising and alumni activities for assigned programs and divisions
  • Assists the Assistant Vice President for Development in formulating development policies and procedures as they pertain to the university’s development program.
  • Directs the efforts of and supervises departmental staff, sets performance standards and accountability. Has the authority to propose, uphold, modify or revoke notices of proposed dismissals or suspensions.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships throughout the University. Oversees communications, promotions, and public relations as assigned

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in appropriate areas of specialization and ten years of experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.


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