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Vice President for University Advancement

Company: MSU - Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Vice President for University Advancement Share this: - More Back to search results Apply now Job no: 746798
Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Advancement
Department: Vice President University Advancement 10069864
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Executive Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional TitleVice President for University AdvancementPosition Summary Reporting to the president and serving as a member of his executive leadership team, the vice president for university advancement will champion the university's strategic priorities, attract new sources of funding, and promote the involvement of alumni, parents, and friends. The vice president will lead the planning, preparation, launch, and execution of a comprehensive fundraising campaign to enable the university to fully fund its strategic priorities. The vice president will provide innovative leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of university advancement, as well as hire, mentor, guide, and retain appropriate staff; ensure an optimal organizational structure; and engage, educate, nurture, and otherwise support staff, faculty, key volunteers, and senior leaders in their respective campaign fundraising efforts, ultimately resulting in an expansion of the donor base, and over time, sustainable philanthropic support for the university. In addition to the outlined formal duties, the successful vice president must be an integral member of the local and university communities. Duties and Responsibilities Strategic Vision and Leadership --- Assess the growth potential and effectiveness of university advancement, adjusting the organizational structure as necessary; craft a multi-year strategy to develop the culture of philanthropy, substantially and sustainably increase philanthropic support and engagement, and strengthen internal and external relationships on behalf of the division. --- Serve as an active member of the president's executive team, participating in implementing the university-wide strategic plan; provide counsel regarding the fundability of identified priorities and initiatives as well as new ideas; effectively operationalize those with the most potential. --- Lead the planning, preparation, and execution of a comprehensive fundraising campaign, ensuring an optimally deployed staff and an effective, efficient infrastructure that will support a successful campaign. --- Ensure that the efforts of advancement are well coordinated, both internally and externally, and support key institutional priorities; best integrate a proactive advancement operation across all school and units, acknowledging the uniqueness of each program and the need for tailored approaches. Executive Engagement --- Guide and support the president in his role as chief spokesperson and fundraiser, serving as advisor and co-strategist in cultivating prospective donors, soliciting transformative gifts, and operationalizing bold ideas. Similarly guide and support senior leaders, volunteers, faculty, and other key constituents in advancement-related activities, ensuring that their time spent is productive, meaningful, and personally rewarding. --- Cultivate strong working relationships with executive team peers, administrators, faculty, and staff across the university, engendering trust through transparent communication and a clear motivation to work as a team. Fundraising and Programmatic Growth --- Evaluate, strengthen, and enhance the individual donor pipeline (annual, major, principal, and planned) as well as institutional funding; develop and implement new innovative programs to effectively reach alumni, identify and acquire prospective donors, increase donor retention, and upgrade and renew existing donors. --- Personally cultivate, solicit, and steward a select portfolio of highest-level prospects; set an example for the frontline fundraising team, demonstrating success and appropriate urgency in donor solicitation. --- Leverage the president and senior leaders to enhance MSU's existing relationships with business and community leaders in the region to build reputational growth, and to engage unaffiliated individuals and institutions in support of the university through philanthropy and other industrial and private-public partnerships. Team Leadership --- Maintain a leadership style that is honest and transparent; support, mentor, and optimally organize the 300+ member university advancement team, setting clear direction and priorities; promote excellence and impact through well-defined goals, internal role clarity, and implementation of best practices and accountability measures; instill a sense of urgency and a proactive orientation across advancement. --- Foster a professional environment that recognizes and rewards performance, supports innovation and data-informed risk taking, builds confidence, encourages teamwork, reduces silos, retains staff, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; serve as an advocate for staff, representing their concerns and needs. Operational Oversight --- Ensure that all systems and processes, from data capture to gift acceptances and processing, maximize available intelligence via reporting and follow sound budgetary, legal, and accountancy practices; further develop and integrate a stewardship program that provides regular and consistent communications with donors on the use and impact of their gifts. --- Plan and carefully manage the advancement budget, ensuring that resources are deployed efficiently and effectively in support of MSU fundraising goals and objectives; utilize contemporary analytics to project, measure, and report on progress relative to goals. Qualifications and Experience The vice president will bring many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, and experiences: --- A strong desire to embrace and champion the mission, goals, potential, and people of Michigan State University. --- A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial leadership experience in advancement; knowledge of best practices in all key areas of fundraising and strategic planning as a member of a senior leadership team; track record of success in a complex organization; a demonstrated ability to plan, manage, and successfully close a comprehensive campaign. --- Experience building upon an existing advancement program, including individual and institutional philanthropy, resulting in a transformative increase in philanthropic revenue for an organization; success increasing the effectiveness of an advancement program and its staff through established objectives and performance standards. --- Proven management skills and experience establishing a team- and goal-oriented culture that empowers staff through clear communication and delegation and that builds confidence, promotes diversity of thought, and celebrates achievement; an innate sense of, and deep commitment to, operating in highly collaborative, inclusive, and transparent environments. --- Superior written, and oral communication skills; clarity, crispness, and elegance in writing and speaking; superb storytelling skills with the ability to succinctly communicate a vision and process to senior leaders and other key constituents, utilizing data and metrics as appropriate as a foundation for advancement programs. --- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through past actionable steps. --- Exemplary interpersonal and listening skills; impeccable attention to detail and superb follow-through; strong personal integrity, flexibility, and work ethic coupled with a grounded approach and perspective. --- The credibility, maturity, and sound judgment required to effectively engage and leverage leadership, volunteers, and other key constituents in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of key prospects and donors. --- A proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding principal gifts from individual and institutional donors; a high level of comfort and effectiveness working with high-net-worth individuals and organizational leaders. --- A diplomatic, collaborative demeanor; the political savvy to navigate a highly complex state institution; the desire and ability to gain trust and build strong collaborative relationships with all members of an operation across a diverse organization. --- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including the ability to resolve conflict. --- A sharp eye for operational efficiency and the best use of resources, including a demonstrated understanding of budgets and the ability to manage them. --- The personal flexibility to travel and work evenings and weekends as required. --- Bachelor's degree required. Equal Employment Opportunity StatementAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.Required DegreeBachelorsMinimum RequirementsA minimum of 15 years of leadership experience in advancement, constituency engagement, and staff management is required, as is a knowledge of strategies employed in all major development and alumni affairs functions. The vice president must be able to create a metrics-driven, financially prudent, and results-oriented work environment that promotes collaboration and achievement. Experience leading all aspects of a complex team, including managing, mentoring, motivating, positioning, retaining, and evaluating staff is essential. Demonstrated experience enhancing professional development and career planning opportunities for advancement staff as a means of retention is highly desirable. A bachelor's degree is required.Required Application Materials TO APPLY: Jack Gorman is leading this search with Grace Zakim, Molly Gallagher, and Ryan Cheung. For more information, to submit a nomination, or to apply, please visit: www.imsearch.com/8171 Together-we-will Statement The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/ Review of Applications Begins On01/14/2022Websitehttps://advancement.msu.edu/MSU StatementMichigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. Advertised: Nov 8, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
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