Sr. Director of Advancement - Regional Advancement (Chicago)
$90,000 - $125,000 yearly
University of Missouri Advancement
Remote (Chicago, IL, USA)
Mizzou Advancement is looking for the connectors, the believers that all things are possible when passionate people come together for a common goal.
Are you that person? If so, come and join a growing team of connectors who are building a brighter future for the University of Missouri, an institution on the rise as it takes a stronger foothold in research and health care to address today’s grand challenges. Mizzou is a place where Big Ideas are taking hold. Advancement finds the Big Dreamers that make it all possible.
We present an exciting opportunity with the Regional Advancement team. The Senior Director of Advancement will join an enthusiastic and energetic team committed to connecting Big Ideas and Big Dreamers. The ideal candidate is a seasoned, independent-working, motivated individual who will use best fundraising practices to bring donors together for the greater good through the University of Missouri.
Best practices to identify, evaluate, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective and current donors, alumni and friends of the University with a philanthropic capacity of $50k and higher will lead this candidate to success. This experienced candidate, with a proven record of securing major and planned gifts, is expected to have a high level of annual productivity for contacts, visits, proposals presented and closed. Through a collaborative approach, this candidate will partner with Advancement colleagues in the schools, colleges and programs to coordinate strategy and planning.
This is a non-supervisory remote positionbased in the Chicago areaand will work out of their home within the territory. Regular trips to campus (minimum of 4) to engage with Advancement and campus colleagues are required. This position will report to the Executive Director of Regional Advancement.
Identify, evaluate, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective, current and past donors through personal visits and various types of direct communication
Foster meaningful relationships to cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts at the $50,000 level and higher through a portfolio of 60-100 individual donors.
Approximate annual metrics for a Senior Director level position are:
Manage regular correspondence and proposals with prospective donors
Successfully manage a portfolio of 60-100 individual donors, creating a strategy for moving them through the charitable giving process.
Responsible for contacting donors to request visits and coordinate meeting arrangements.
Coordinate individual travel and manage travel budget and expenses.
Work collaboratively and communicate effectively across campus with unit Advancement colleagues, deans/leadership, faculty and staff as well as central Advancement colleagues in Planned Giving, Donor Relations, Mizzou Alumni Association, Mizzou Annual Fund, and Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Use a data-driven approach for researching prospects and tracking communication.
Assist with and participate in donor activities and events in territory.
Provide input and leadership in the development and implementation of advancement goals and objectives and assure alignment with the University’s priorities, mission, vision and values.
Seek out and engage in professional development opportunities to increase skills and knowledge of fundraising.
Participate in Advancement staff meetings, prospect strategy meetings, case management, annual planning, and regular check ins/progress updates toward goals.
Assist with training new staff through joint travel and mentorship.
NO Security Clearance
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of six years of progressively responsible major gift fundraising, preferably in academic higher education and participation in a capital/comprehensive campaign. Familiarity with and/or a strong connection to the University of Missouri-Columbia is highly preferred.
Advanced degree and/or CFRE, ACFRE, certificate in fundraising or non-profit management preferred.
Candidates should be able to present a proven track record of soliciting and closing major, planned and blended gifts five figures and higher, with the capability to work effectively with high-capacity donors.
Experience with “moves management” or related strategic relationship development
Working knowledge all types of giving vehicles and tax laws related to charitable giving
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, be self-motivated and disciplined.
Outstanding collaboration as a member of a team, while having the ability to work independently.
Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential.
Additional important characteristics include a strong work ethic, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, professionalism, sound judgement, strategic thinking, detail oriented, and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of Missouri.
Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service in order to carry out the responsibilities associated with the position.
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.