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Vice President, University Advancement and Public Affairs
The Vice President UAPA is the chief development officer for the University, directly responsible to the President for the planning and administration of a comprehensive program of fund-raising and marketing compatible with the philosophy and objectives of the University. The VP UAPA plans, implements and administers all aspects of the University's fund-raising activities to include the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association as well as the ongoing solicitation of major gifts from individuals and foundations. Areas of responsibility include the offices of Alumni Relations, Major Gifts/Planned Giving, Marketing and Public Information, University Development, Print Shop, and the Webmaster.
Articulates the critical role of private philanthropy to the University and the opportunities for voluntary support. Provides guidance in establishing and implementing a wide range of advancement policies and procedures applicable to individual donors, contributing members, corporations, and foundations. Identifies potential donors and the opportunities for funding. Develops and maintains personal contacts with individual donors and prospective donors. Maintains the necessary relations to keep the institution’s name and achievements alive in the minds of individuals, corporate and foundation executives and board members. Provides administrative direction in terms of general fund-raising objectives to be achieved. Serves on various councils and committees. Implements long-range planning and philosophy for areas of responsibility. Works with directors in implementing new programs and services. Evaluates annual budgets. Serves in a leadership capacity in civic and governmental agencies to reflect University needs. Performs other duties as assigned by the President.
Significant experience in funding-raising and marketing with a heavy emphasis on working directly with donors. Extensive experience in developing creative methods to obtain agreements between parties. Must also have had extensive experience in management, budgeting, and higher education administration.
Must possess an understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations or corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. Skill in relating needs of the institution to individuals and to giving programs of foundations. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative relationships with potential funding sources Thorough knowledge of potential funding sources for University projects. Must be knowledgeable in laws regulating charitable giving and be familiar with generally accepted office practices. Must be proficient in the use of computers and computer software programs, such as Word, Excel and Outlook.
Earned doctorate degree, preferred.
Must have exceptional interpersonal skills, to include the ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally, develop and maintain close relationships with donors and prospective donors, and exercise sound judgment. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.