The purpose of Associate Vice President for University Development position is to lead the University’s fundraising program, providing strategic direction and oversight so as to position Tech to realize increasing levels of private gift support; facilitate meaningful partnerships with academic leaders (e.g., deans, chairs) for the purpose of generating private gift support; and work proactively and personally with a portfolio of donors and prospective donors.
Essential functions include:
Articulate compellingly Tech’s case for support as well as the transformational difference philanthropy can make at the University.
Inspire and motivate staff and volunteers to give their best efforts to advance Tech philanthropically.
Partner effectively with unit-level leadership (e.g. deans, chairs, directors) so as to generate synergistic advancement activity (emphasis on written proposals) that leads to higher levels of private gift support.
Maintain currency as an advancement leader through professional development and ongoing facility with the latest problems, issues, and trends in higher education.
Manage a portfolio of donors and prospective donors who are best positioned to make the greatest philanthropic impact for Tech.
Lead and manage the fundraising team, including the regional directors of development and directors who helm the corporate & foundation relations and planned giving programs.
Provide strategic leadership in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Establish measurable goals and objectives for University Development team; assist each team member in the fulfillment of these aims.
Serve on the University Advancement leadership team.
Assume other duties, as assigned
Minimum qualifications include an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Five years of professional experience in fundraising for non-profits to include three years experience in managing and supervising staff. Ability to design, plan, manage, and implement a fund raising program. Must possess exceptional communication skills, orally and in writing, appealing to diverse audiences with vary expectations. Ability to travel extensively. Ability to lead and mentor staff. Proven ability to raise money from a diverse set of constituents. Willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Demonstrated record of gift closure.
Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in business administration, public administration, leadership, or relevant field of study. Successful performance in supervisory positions of increasing levels of responsibility. Ability to cast vision, translate vision into an actionable plan that can be implemented, measure results, and make changes as appropriate. Fundraising experience with an organization in a major campaign; higher education campaign experience a plus. Experience with onboarding new employees, conducting staff training, mentoring fundraising staff, and evaluating employees. Established record of working synergistically with and exerting influence over employees who are not in one’s primary area. Understanding of organizational culture as well as how an organization attains and maintains a position of health. Experience in engaging volunteer leaders in meaningful activity (e.g. developing campaign materials; strategizing about goals, objectives, and tactics; and interacting with an advisory or governing board).
About Tennessee Tech University
Tennessee Tech produces practical, ready-to-work graduates from a broad range of academic disciplines prepared to compete in a technologically driven world. Here, students have the freedom to discover and pursue their passions, knowing there is a supportive community behind them. Developing their passions into hundreds of student clubs and organizations, Tech students make an impact on campus, in the community and around the world.
Transformative experiences are a tradition at Tech. Our students cultivate a lifelong desire to learn about their favorite subjects, or pursue entirely new interests under the guidance of knowledgeable and supportive faculty. A genuine community of faculty, staff and alumni committed to challenging all to bring out their best and to supporting each other in academic, personal and professional development exists at Tech. These pursuits result in honest, lifelong connections that carry far beyond the classroom.
With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, Tech offers degrees from eight academic schools and colleges: Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing.