Executive Director of The USM Foundation and Executive Director of Development for USM
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation - Georgia

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The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
    seeks a highly organized, management-oriented and visionary leader to serve as Executive Director . This senior administrator also has responsibilities as Executive Director of Development for The University of Southern Mississippi .

    Deadline for Applications is March 8, 2013.

    A complete profile on this opportunity is available at:


    The Opportunity

    The Executive Director leads and directs the operations of The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation in a manner consistent with the organizations charter, bylaws, and policies; established objectives; applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and within established fiscal parameters.

    Serving as the chief staff executive for the Foundation, the Executive Director is responsible for its strategic leadership. This senior administrator also establishes organizational objectives and priorities; monitors attainment of goals and objectives; and oversees the organization and coordination of fundraising activities and board management.

    The Executive Director reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and is a member of the Vice President's leadership team.

    The Executive Director has oversight of personnel along with management responsibilities for the Chief Financial Officer and the Associate Director for Advancement Services.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities

    Provides vision and leadership to carry out the organization's mission. Maintains staff and volunteer focus on the Foundations mission and balances organizational priorities through strategic planning and implementation of the plan, enforcement of organizational policies and procedures, and other tasks required to maintain effective operations of a professional office environment.

    Plans and completes tasks and initiatives as determined by the USM Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as by the President and Vice President for Advancement of The University of Southern Mississippi. Assists and coordinates activities, meetings, and reports associated with the Board of Directors of the Foundation, the administration of the University, and others as it relates to the committees of the Foundation. Ensures the productive work of the executive, investment, finance, nominating, and bylaws committees as they promote the growth and continued development of the Foundation.

    Guides and integrates the work of the three divisions of the Foundation, including Development, Financial Services, and Advancement Services. Leads efforts to align business processes and reinforce organizational structure to ensure effective operations in all areas of the staff. Is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and works with a senior leadership team including the Chief Financial Officer (Associate Director for Finance), Associate Director for Advancement Services, and Assistant Director for Fundraising Initiatives and Planned Giving to provide accountability and long-term stability in the operations of the organization.

    Leads staff and volunteers in developing and implementing strategies to ensure successful fundraising. Oversees the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate and individual major gift prospects through the Development staff. Coordinates the hiring process for Development Officers and oversees these employees' job orientation, training and ongoing management. Oversees the management of the Foundations communications plan through the Manager of Communications and the donor relations and campaign events and programs plan through the Manager of Donor Relations and Special Events.

    Performs any and all duties and responsibilities associated with the Foundation as assigned by the Vice President for Advancement.


    A bachelor's degree is required with a master's degree preferred. Two years professional experience in managing a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation or in a higher education fundraising role with management responsibility is required. Must be willing to work select weekends and evenings.

    Additional qualifications include:

    --Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

    --Outstanding written and oral communication abilities

    --Strong critical and creative thinking

    --Comprehensive understanding of a non-profit corporations finances and accounting procedures

    --Successful strategic planning experience

    --Demonstrated self-motivation

    --Desired experience includes involvement with fundraising campaigns including formulation of the plan, campaign management and oversight, and management of development personnel.

    About The Foundation

    Chartered in 1959, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to The University of Southern Mississippi. Supported by a 25-member staff, the Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors that works with the University to serve the institutions mission by raising private funds.

    In the 2012 fiscal year, the Foundation set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record represents an increase of 46 percent over the previous record. More than 4,620 donors participated in the record-setting effort.

    During the recently concluded fiscal year, University officials, USM Foundation staff members and volunteers raised significant funds for a wide variety of projects, including three of The University's top fundraising initiatives: the Building Better Business Campaign, the College of Nursing Building Campaign, and the DuBard School 50th Anniversary Campaign. Gifts to the Foundation also helped establish 30 new endowments, award scholarships to more than 1,800 students, and increase University employee giving to Southern Miss from 10 percent to 32 percent.

    Significant gifts during the 2011-12 fiscal year included $6 million to support a new building for the College of Business, $4 million for construction of a new residence hall, and $4 million to launch the College of Nursings campaign for a new, state-of-the-art facility.

    About The University of Southern Mississippi

    Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university, serving a diverse student body of nearly 17,000 students from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries.

    The University offers more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six colleges. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to six teaching and research sites in Mississippi. Southern Miss Gulf Coast is comprised of the Gulf Park campus and five teachings sites, bringing higher education to the three coastal counties of Mississippi.

    USM educates more first-year teachers and entry-level nurses than any other public university in the state. U.S. News & World Report has ranked USMs business school in the top 15 percent in the nation.

    Through a synthesis of faculty-student research, outstanding teaching, and community service, the University is transforming its students and the communities it serves. The Center for Undergraduate Research provides students with meaningful research opportunities.

    Research initiatives include the partnership between GE Aviation and the University that focuses on composites development processing for the GEnx aircraft engine and USM's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security that is conducting sports security management research and solutions. The University's Center on Aging is responding to the challenges posed by the growing senior population with an emphasis on local and regional needs, and the Accelerator, a 60,000-square-foot business incubator, is providing a boost to start-up companies in the Gulf South region.

    Characterized by history and tradition, the beautiful Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the heart of the Pine Belt. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment.

    Named a Green College by The Princeton Review for the University's commitment to sustainability, USM's Climate Action Plan aims to have the University carbon neutral by 2050.

    The Department of Athletics at The University of Southern Mississippi offers 16 sport programs at the Division I level sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A member of Conference USA since fall 1995, the Golden Eagles have won five Conference USA football championships and three Conference USA baseball championships. The USM athletic program is continually recognized for having the highest graduation rate in the state among men's athletics programs.

    About Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    Home to The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg offers Southern charm and friendly neighbors. The city is located 90 miles from Jackson, Mississippi, 100 miles from New Orleans, and 70 miles from the Gulf Coast. The area is served by Amtrak and a regional airport just north of the city.

    In 2011, Hattiesburg was named one of America's Great Places by the American Planning Association for its exemplary character and quality of life that makes it a place where people want to live and work every day.

    The University of Southern Mississippi offers to all persons equal access to educational, programmatic, and employment opportunities without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, national origin, Vietnam-era veteran status, or disability status.

    Applications & Nominations

    Send nominations, inquiries, and letters of application, including a cover letter, resume, and four references, to:


    Deadline for Applications is March 8, 2013.

    Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation with this search. The consultants are:

    Emily Parker Myers

    President and CEO

    Kenny Daugherty

    Executive Vice President and COO


    Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

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    Macon, Georgia 31201

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