Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco seeks a highly accomplished leader for the position of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving (AVP) to join a team of more than 75 professionals who specialize in major giving, gift planning, prospect research, development services, alumni engagement, annual giving, donor relations, stewardship, corporate and foundation relations, talent management and campaign operations. The AVP will develop cohesive and compelling alumni engagement and annual giving strategies for the more than 110,000 USF alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, School of Management, and School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving will be a member of the Development management team in the Office of Development. The AVP is responsible for planning, directing, integrating and managing all aspects of the University of San Francisco alumni engagement and annual giving efforts. As an inspiring mentor, the AVP will impart knowledge, provide guidance, lead, motivate, and sustain a strong team. Direct reports include: Director(s) of Alumni Engagement, Director of Annual Giving, Director of University Special Events and a Program Assistant. The AVP will have regular contact with members of the Development management team, the University leadership team, Alumni Association Board of Directors and other key USF alumni and friends.
The University of San Francisco recently completed a large staff expansion and is in the silent phase of a comprehensive campaign. The AVP will be tasked with imagining a collaborative strategy and outreach efforts to build and sustain commitment and engagement among alumni and friends of all generations. Today USF alumni play an important role in the life of the institution and as a group will factor heavily into USFs future success.
The AVP will be tasked with growing a program rooted in best practices in the field and utilize a market research-based approach to segmentation and messaging.
Toward these ends, the AVP will work closely with the Vice President for Development, members of the Development management team, members of the University leadership and other key stakeholders and will remain diligent in ensuring the Universitys mission is being brought to life and supported through engagement and philanthropy.
As a member of the Development management team, the AVP will collaborate closely with the VP for Development, SAVP for Development Operations, AVP for Development, and AVP for Engagement, and serve as one of the leaders of the division.
The AVP will have the responsibility to ensure best practices are followed on budgetary and operational matters and that programs are well executed in alignment with the USF mission.
The alumni engagement and annual giving program will inspire the USF constituencies and move forward key institutional priorities through alumni engagement and annual giving.
Additional responsibilities will include but are not limited to: prospect qualification; donor acquisition; programming, Alumni Board relations and engagement; volunteer management; events and reunions; leadership and staff development; and data acquisition and analysis. Underlying all work will be the responsibility for tying alumni engagement and events into the strategy and achievement of Annual Fund and broader USF philanthropic goals.
The successful candidate will be an innovative, forward-thinking leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with senior leadership, staff, faculty, and alumni of all ages and demographics. S/he will be a compelling, charismatic manager who has the ability to inspire and motivate with creativity, energy, and a sense of humor. As such, the AVP should also be able to create an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication with individuals of varying degrees of involvement with the University and its work. S/he should have the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, plan, and set goals and objectives, as well as implement and follow-through on these goals. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in leading, mentoring, and managing a strong professional team and will have knowledge of best practices in metric-driven, market-tested annual fund, alumni engagement and events programs.
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CAREER PATH LEADING TO THIS POSITION:
Candidates must have a clear understanding of higher education advancement.
A strong track record with donor acquisition and revenue growth in annual giving.
Proven success in creating dynamic pathways to fully engage alumni and metrics to drive outcomes.
Past success in leading and implementing a strategic planning process.
Sound budgetary management skills.
High level of curiosity and a willingness to learn and adapt.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible alumni relations or annual fund experience; exposure in both areas would be ideal.
An understanding and appreciation for a Jesuit education is preferred.
Candidates must be comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend work.
An undergraduate degree is required; graduate degree is preferred.
For information on how to apply, please visit the following link: www.usfjobs.com
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individuals race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.