The University of Missouri Office of Advancement is hiring a
Director of Advancement to work as a member of the fundraising team
for the College of Arts and Science. This position will work under
the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director of
Advancement and in close collaboration with the Dean, other
advancement team members, and unit staff. This position will have
the opportunity to:
- Raise funds to support students, faculty, staff, research, and
programs in the College of Arts and Science
- Develop and initiate appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and
- Ask for gifts of at least $50,000 from alumni, friends, and
- Establish and maintain authentic relationships that match donor
interest with organizational need and lead to impactful
- Research and ask potential donors thoughtful questions to gain
insight into needs, beliefs, interest, and donation habits to
understand how best to engage them with the college.
- Regularly thank donors by proving impact reports explaining how
their donations made a difference.
- Under the direction of the Executive Director of Advancement,
partner with various A&S departmental leaders and faculty
members to provide direction in the development and implementation
of advancement goals and to assure alignment with organizational
and system-wide goals, strategic plans, mission, vision, and
- Collaborate with other teams in the advancement community to
build partnerships and enhance fundraising activities.
- Assist in brainstorming and creating new methods to raise funds
for the college.
- Travel inside and outside of Missouri.
- Actively participate in internal and external college and
alumni functions and meetings.
- Maintain complete and orderly records of contacts with
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service to
carry out the responsibilities associated with the position.
- Assist with other development related projects as needed.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful
- Works, formally and informally, within one’s team and across
the organization as a collaborator.
- Deeply cares and contributes to team success by openly sharing
ideas and information, actively listening, responding thoughtfully,
and offering support for others’ ideas and proposals.
- Communicates ideas, thoughts, and facts orally and in writing
effectively and can actively listen and respond appropriately and
- Identifies what needs to be done and acts before being asked or
the situation requires it and works independently to achieve
- Manages time efficiently with the ability to prioritize and
coordinate tasks with attention to deadlines, concurrent management
of projects and ability to create and follow a set strategy to
goals and objectives.
- Analyzes and evaluates information to make appropriate
decisions - even in difficult or ambiguous situations when time is
- Learns and understands organizational relationships and
dynamics and use them to achieve objectives and goals.
- Is confident of own ability to ask for money and close
- Willingness to travel in the US and work occasional evening or
weekend hours as needed.
Yearly Goals & Metrics
Success will be measured through the tracking of individually
based goals for proposals delivered and closed, number of
substantive personal contacts and visits, and dollars raised.
- $1 Million Dollars Raised
- 15-18 Major Gift Proposals Presented ($50K and above)
- 7-15 Major Gifts Closed ($50K and above)
- 125-200 Substantive Written Communications (Email, Letter, or
- 100 – 150 Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or
- 20-50 Evaluation Visits
- A bachelor's degree
- Three to five years with progressively responsible fundraising
and/or alumni and volunteer relations management is preferred,
preferable in a development office setting.
- The successful candidate will be able to document successful
solicitation of major and principal gifts and present a history of
supporting the building of an advancement program and fundraising
- Large university advancement experience will be highly
- Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the
stages in the donor life cycle
- Campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitation
experience is preferred.
- This person must be capable of flourishing in a fast-paced,
collaborative and fluid work environment focused on performance and
- Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic,
personal integrity, emotional intelligence, excellent communication
and organizational skills, strategic thinking and planning skills,
and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of
- Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary
interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as
can favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors.
- Evidence of a commitment to discovery and excellence,
self-motivation, a passion for Mizzou and/or the liberal arts and
working in an environment with a “team first” culture, and lifelong
learning and professional growth is also required.
About The College of Arts & Science:
Established in 1841, the College of Arts and Science (A&S)
is an incredibly special college—we study everything from the
earliest forms of life on Earth, what it means to be
human, how we think and organize ourselves, to
the universe. We bring this vast and diverse scope
of research and creative work to our students to help
them design their own futures, build an inclusive environment
for excellence, and serve Missouri and beyond.
Research and creative work in Arts and Science spans the breadth
of human knowledge. Our faculty are developing cancer fighting
radioactive chemicals that we hope will save lives in the not
distant future. We study the fossil record to understand how the
Earth has changed and how future changes will affect us, and we
develop ways to use data to understand athletic performance. Our
faculty put on theatrical, musical, and artistic performances that
stretch our imagination, help us interpret the world and
contemplate the human condition. We seek to understand human
behavior to eliminate addiction, while also studying policy that
might help guide us to a better future.
One of our core philosophies is teaching our
students how to think, not what to think.
When they know how to think, how to approach problems,
how to understand the human condition, how to understand the
physical world in which we live, they can creatively solve any
challenge life throws their way. When our graduates move to
the next step in their lives, they are prepared for any career
they choose, including ones not yet created. They
can think critically, question everything, continually
seek another perspective, and find
The College of Arts and Science is dedicated to
bringing all of our work beyond our classrooms, studios,
and laboratories. As a part of an AAU public land grant
institution, we serve our state and nation by educating our
students, advancing creative work and research, and engaging
Missouri and the nation.
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