The Office of Advancement at the University of Missouri is
seeking a motivated and collaborative development professional to
lead the advancement efforts for Mizzou’s Division of Student
Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to designing
exceptional out-of-classroom learning experiences and to improving
the quality and cost of our programs – ultimately helping Mizzou
students succeed on campus and after graduation. As a member of
this team, you’ll have the opportunity to directly impact the
student experience, while working with generous alumni and friends.
This position reports to the Director of Advancement for University
Libraries and Campus Programs.
Responsible for major and annual gift solicitations to support
priorities established by the Vice Chancellor for Student
Working closely with the VC for Student Affairs and Student
Affairs leadership, this position must identify and market impact
opportunities for gifts of all sizes, from annual fund to
Develop and deliver 12+ major gift proposals ($50K+) and
accompanying letters and proposal materials.
Follow up on use of funding and work with Student Affairs
communication staff to document gift impact and develop effective
ways to disseminate impact stories to prospects and donors.
Work with Prospect Development to identify alumni with an
inclination for student affairs philanthropy and manage a dynamic
portfolio of 100+ donors who wish to invest in the student
experience beyond the classroom.
Work with Foundation and Corporate Relations to identify
organizational sponsors for Student Health and Wellbeing,
Alternative Spring Break, Tiger Pantry and other highly visible
programs that elevate the student experience.
Facilitate the development of a major donor pipeline through a
robust annual fund and thoughtful stewardship program that creates
a sense of belonging while demonstrating philanthropic impact.
Initiate appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
activities through personal visits (including overnight and weekend
travel), as well as other direct communications.
Write contact reports, status and strategies for each
donor/prospect in the appropriate form.
Work with Regional Advancement and Planned Giving to ensure that
advancement staff in those units are aware of giving opportunities
in Student Affairs.
Develop strategies and materials to support annual fund
outreach, including Mizzou Giving Day activities and annual fund
mailings, and stewardship that is appropriate for annual fund level
Successful productivity will be measured by metrics developed
each year in consultation with the position’s direct supervisor. It
is expected that those goals will fall within the range established
by University Advancement for advancement officers. They are as
Minimum $500K - $1M raised
12-18 proposals presented; 7-15 closed
125-200 substantive written communication (email/letter/text)
125-150 substantive visit; including 20-50 evaluation visits
During the first fiscal year, this position will have less than
12 months to meet goals and will be working with a limited
portfolio. Additionally, there will be significant work to fully
develop giving opportunities. Quarterly meetings will be held to
assess productivity, set and modify goals, and ensure a successful
first year on the job.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate:
Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary
interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as is
the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and
Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work
Ability to motivate and inspire others to action;
Outstanding collaboration as a member of a team and ability to
work independently and with many diverse constituencies;
Desired personal characteristics include the ability to serve as
a role model for professionalism and leadership, characterized by
trust, mutual respect, high ethical standards and personal
Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
A four-year degree from an accredited college or university or
an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least
2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities
can be acquired is necessary.
A minimum of 2 years fundraising experience or equivalent
transferable skills showing an understanding of the development
model, i.e. pursuing and cultivating donors, customers, or business
relationships. Personal experience as a student or staff in areas
covered by the Division of Student Affairs.
$47,476 - $70,000 Annually
8 – 5 Monday thru Friday, Some nights and weekend and regular
Applicants who submit a cover letter along with a resume and
university application will be prioritized.
Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is the oldest public
university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the
benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant
institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens, as
well as, Missouri's largest public research university. Considered
one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34
public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri,
to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of
Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and
professional development in service to our overall mission of
enhancing private support of the University of Missouri. As a
result, the division continues to attract top talent from around
the country. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across
the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement
announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in
October 2015. At its conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful
philanthropic campaign in the University's history, at over $1.4
At Mizzou Advancement, we celebrate our diverse community of
donors, alumni, staff, and friends. We are committed to taking bold
steps to create an inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard,
and valued. Our team is continually learning and growing on our
journey to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We
believe that diversity of views, informed by a breadth of life
experiences, help us to understand our humanity more deeply and
improve our service to mankind. Our efforts to be inclusive must be
intentional and thoughtful, so that we might realize the full
benefit of the diversity we seek to build within Advancement.
Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are