Associate Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director, Ferris Foundation

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Associate Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director, Ferris Foundation  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

70000 - Univer Advance and Mktg VP Office

Advertised Salary: $145,000 - $155,000  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The Associate Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director, Ferris Foundation at Ferris State University reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and Marketing and collaborates with the VP to provide the vision, leadership, and management for the overall fundraising program for the University and to increase overall private support. Keys to success in this role will be: the ability to build a cohesive, high performing advancement team capable of successfully completing a comprehensive campaign; grow the donor base in depth and breadth; cultivate and solicit principal and leadership gifts; and establish a culture of donor service excellence throughout the University.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Required Work Experience: More than 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant fundraising experience at a university or comparable non-profit organization; demonstrated experience managing effective teams, engaging constituencies and working with volunteers; track record of organizing successful fundraising programs and in soliciting and closing major gifts using a well-disciplined moves management program; leadership in comprehensive campaigns; knowledge and/or experience in all areas of advancement, including annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation relations, athletics giving, research and prospect management, stewardship and donor relations and advancement services.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver's License  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Driving
  • Standing
  • Willingness and ability to travel and to work an extended and varied schedule that frequently includes evenings and weekends
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Advanced degree; more than 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant fundraising experience at a university or comparable non-profit organization and a proven track record of securing leadership-level gifts and developing and executing successful comprehensive campaigns.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Serve as the senior fundraising executive for University Advancement.

Develop, lead and execute the overall fundraising strategies and programs for the University that support the institutional funding priorities and strategic goals of the University, including but not limited to: comprehensive campaigns, annual and endowed student scholarships, planned giving, corporate and foundation grants, special projects, academic program support and discretionary funds.

Supervise direct reports and lead a centralized fundraising staff responsible for major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, alumni giving, college-specific giving, prospect research and management, stewardship and donor relations and advancement services.

Manage a personal portfolio of principal, leadership and major gift donors and prospects and meet annual goals for contacts made and gifts received.

Work with the University President, Provost and UA&M Vice President, with engagement from deans, faculty and the broader University community, to develop annual and multi-year fundraising plans to support institutional funding priorities that advance key University initiatives. Work across the University as a strategic partner with administration, academic leadership, faculty, staff and key volunteers to manage a collaborative process that includes providing fundraising counsel, assisting with prospect strategy, coordinating contact with prospects and empowering departments and programs to increase their friend-raising/fundraising potential.

Adopt a data-driven approach to advancement by ensuring that UA&M has the necessary systems and technology to respond to data analysis and other managerial requirements, while ensuring all fundraising activity across the University is maintained in the Millennium database.

Closely manage and communicate progress toward fundraising goals and results to internal and external constituencies.

Work closely with the Executive Director of the FSU Alumni Association Board, the Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services and other key division executives to develop a plan for expanding and strengthening volunteer engagement.

Create and direct advancement policies and procedures and compliance with same.
Ensure sufficient professional development opportunities for staff are planned and executed.

Oversee stewardship programs and strengthen a culture of donor service excellence, including donor relations, cultivation, recognition and engagement.

Ensure that advancement activities are guided by industry best practices and measurement and evaluation.

Assist the UA&M VP in developing and managing advancement budgets.

Provide advancement and marketing and communications colleagues direction and information essential to the creation of materials that are compelling and clear for donors.

Reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement and Marketing. Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information. Performs all duties in compliance with applicable University policies and procedures and federal requirements.

Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Serve on University committees as appropriate.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to foster collaborative thinking and team building and develop talent and successful performance with staff.

Able to articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy in” to the vision/mission/goals of the University and with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts at assigned donor giving levels.

Able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic advancement plans.

An approach to management that yields pride, ownership and open communication among staff. Ability to empower others, to encourage and support their success and actively participate in a comprehensive fundraising program with professionalism, sensitivity, respect, and commendable personal integrity and ethical standards.

Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.

Maintain familiarity with important philanthropic issues and trends.

Problem-solving, research and analytical skills.

Proficient in the use of Millennium or similar database for recording information on all prospects and donors.

Solid relationship-building skills and ability to interface effectively with internal and external constituents.

Strong knowledge of the principles of fundraising and ability to participate in all aspects of philanthropy, especially principal, leadership, major and planned giving.

Success in leading organizational change and ability to increase the effectiveness of a fundraising unit through established goals, objectives, tactics and individual and team performance standards to increase their success in cultivating and soliciting highly rated donors.

Willingness and ability to travel and to work an extended and varied schedule that frequently includes evenings and weekends.

Work well as a part of a cooperative management team.

Inclusive, innovative and collaborative leader who thinks strategically and is results oriented

Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please include any fundraising credentials that you may have.  
Initial Application Review Date:
March 20th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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