The Assistant Vice President will manage and oversee fundraising activities for university strategic priorities in the Division of Institutional Advancement (IA) and in conjunction with other units/divisions on campus. Lead college, campus and unit based fundraising staff in the cultivation and solicitation of gifts in excess of $25,000. Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects ($100,000+) to meet predetermined university priorities. Serve as an advisor to the Senior Associate Vice President on a variety of strategic fundraising initiatives and planning initiatives and as a member of the fundraising management team. Reports to the Senior Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement.
In 2017, Kent State University was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the eighth time the university has received this distinction. Kent State offers a competitive compensation package, great benefits, and an excellent Wellness program.
The essential functions of this position are:
- Develop and implement fundraising strategies and initiatives for specific university fundraising priorities.
- Support and advance the Division of Institutional Advancement as a strategic resource in fundraising planning and goal setting within the university community.
- Communicate the status of major gift fundraising activity to the Senior Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and relevant college, campus and department leadership; disseminate reports.
- Provide leadership in development and tracking of annual fundraising goals.
- Collaborate with divisional leadership in developing coordinated engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies toward major gift donors, strategic partners and other financial supporters.
- Conduct research and assist with the development of customized funding proposals for donors with the capacity of making philanthropic commitments in excess of $1M.
- Provide direct supervision and leadership of a fundraising team in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors for outright and planned gifts.
- Design, develop and implement staff professional development activities to increase the number, frequency and size of philanthropic donations and meet projected donor target levels.
- Identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for major and special gifts.
- Plan, monitor, and maintain unit budget and approve operating expenses.
- Serve on various college, campus, division, and university committees.
- Perform public relation activities at various functions.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, business management, or related field; ten years successful fundraising experience in a comprehensive development environment.
Please apply online here; include a resume and cover letter. You will find additional information about the division and a list of current open positions in Institutional Advancement, by visiting our website here.
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