The University of Missouri seeks highly qualified applicants for the role of Senior Director of Advancement in the Honors College. The Senior Director will direct a portfolio of individual & corporate/foundation major-gift prospects, develop annual advancement plans for the college, and foster relationships that lead to gifts in support of the Honors College priorities. The Senior Director will collaborate with the leadership in the Honors College and MU Advancement to secure six/seven/eight figure gifts and serve as the primary steward for the college.
Drive the fundraising and alumni/stakeholder engagement efforts within the Honors College in conjunction with its director and MU Advancement
Proactively identify prospective individual and corporate/foundation donors to secure major gifts
Create the College’s annual advancement plan and oversee the development, implementation, and management
Strategically partner with the Honors College Marketing and Communications team to ensure consistent and effective message alignment for all stakeholders related to engagement and fundraising
Steward genuine relationships with the donors, alumni, partners, and stakeholders of the Honors College
Manage an individual portfolio of major-gift donors, make substantive and meaningful contact (including phone, video, and face-to-face visits) with them, and successfully present major-gift proposals
Identify leadership giving prospects with a strong sphere of influence and affluence resulting in major leadership gifts (six/seven/eight figures)
Passionately serve as the primary liaison to MU Advancement and the Honors College leadership, students, faculty, and staff building meaningful relationships and lasting connections
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to build and foster a culture of trust, influence internal and external stakeholders, and network effectively in-person and digitally
Build consensus and resolve conflict while leveraging Mizzou Advancement’s commit to a culture of excellence through teamwork, passion, and engagement
Value the principles of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity while actively fostering a living, learning, and working community where everyone is valued and inspired to reach their full potential
Ability to think strategically, synthesize broad information and communicate across all levels
Intentionally and purposefully sets priorities and shifts processes, resources, and capital
Propels aggressive results through proven business acumen and innovative thinking
Analyzes team, donor, & college needs and proposes forward-thinking solutions
Quickly masters new technical and business knowledge while using effective strategies to facilitate organizational change initiatives and overcome resistance to change
Self-starter and strong sense of urgency, continuously motivates and inspires others to action
Intellectually curious & takes initiative to capitalize on opportunities
Entrepreneurial spirit and able to generate excitement to build fruitful working relationships with colleagues and donors
A compassionate and empathic leader, thoughtful of environment, organizational cultures, and dynamics
Self-aware with an accurate reflection of strengths and areas for improvement and is willing to growth and thrive
Demonstrates leadership in difficult situations and uses effective management tactics, including mentoring, professional relationships building, and feedback channels
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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.
Our team knows that fundraising is a special niche, which is why we are open to transferable skills! If you have experience that translates to fundraising, tell us about it in your cover letter. These skills include, but are not limited to, sales, finance, consulting, non-profit work, higher education experience, etc. We are excited to learn more about you and your experiences.
Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree, a minimum of seven years of fundraising in a university setting, reliably closing $2+ million annually; and fundraising in an academic setting.
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.