Oklahoma City University invites applications for the position of Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations.
Please apply for this position online: http://ocuemployment.silkroad.com.
Position Summary: The Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations is a senior level cabinet position with administrative responsibility for the universitys philanthropy, alumni, and fund development programs and external relations. This position ensures the Universitys financial stability and growth through short and long-term development strategies. This position serves as the primary advisor to the President, University leadership and the Board of Trustees regarding all aspects of advancement and resource development.
Required: Bachelors degree required; Masters preferred. Certified Fund Raising Executive certification is considered a plus.
Required: This position requires a minimum of ten (10) years of professional work and successive promotions as a major gift fund officer, including capital, annual and endowment campaigns, gift acquisitions, donor cultivation and stewardship, preferably in higher education.
Serve as the key university development strategist at the university, division, and prospect levels; provide oversight of all fund development activities.
Expand the Universitys public profile; articulate the Presidents vision, the universitys mission and donor opportunities to support academic priorities, programs, resources and facilities.
Support, plan, manage, and implement the work necessary for the President to make campaign and cultivation and solicitation calls.
Serve as administrative liaison to the OCU Alumni Association, the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, and as the universitys representative to various community organizations and boards.
Implement quality, cost-effective development programs with a solid return on investment.
Lead successful campaigns that will enable the University to realize its full potential as an institution of superior academic quality.
Market the University to prospective donors; highlight OCUs rich history and promote new initiatives and development opportunities.
Expand and strengthen the universitys donor base with key internal and external constituencies.
Plan, manage, and implement annual calendar of development activities designed to secure annual, capital, and planned gifts for the University.
Significantly expand alumni outreach and engagement through programming, volunteerism and giving.
Ensure attainment of the Universitys fund development goals through the selection, development, motivation, and evaluation of human resources, both professional and volunteer.
Serve as a catalyst for revenue generation through major gifts of $25,000+ with an emphasis on five and six figure gifts to enhance ongoing revenue growth with strategic focus on retaining and upgrading donors while building a robust pipeline of prospects tied to the annual measurement of goals.
Provide general oversight of all of the universitys fund development activities, monitoring adequacy of activities with staff, committees and trustees.
Develop and maintain systems to fund development activities including, but not limited to, volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition.
Assure sound fiscal operation of development functions including design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
Provide strong leadership in collaborative environment; develop a team of highly skilled and committed development professionals.
Develop a prominent community and state profile, engaged in civic, social and higher education organizations and with the campus community of students, faculty, alumni, donors, and staff.
Develop and lead a team of professionals focused on major and minor campaigns and gifts that support the Universitys strategic plan and priorities.
Research and identify advancement opportunities; assess outcomes.
Lead with business acumen and integrity; work effectively and collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
Effectively utilize analytical reporting and technologies to assess advancement initiatives.
Understand national and international trends, issues, and demographics that affect private higher education.
Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with the United Methodist Churches of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Methodist Conference and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance, and fund development.
Other related duties, as assigned.
The successful candidate shall:
Possess expertise and experience in the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fund-raising techniques, proposal writing, special events, direct mail and telephone solicitation, gift processing, prospect and donor histories and fundraising reporting.
Possess a comprehensive understanding of all major resource development functions.
Possess the personal energy, enthusiasm and drive to develop comprehensive advancement programs that continually surpasses annual and long-term goals.
Be a decisive and independent thinker, able to connect the universitys mission and strategic direction with prospect interests.
Have a highly engaging personality with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Have a record of leadership and managerial skills that include hiring, motivating and developing a highly engaged and productive staff.
Chronicle of Higher Education - 17 months ago