Director of Advancement - College of Arts and Science

University of Missouri Advancement
Missouri, United States
$62,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Dec 23, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving
Other Fields
Salary Band
$70,000 - $89,999
Employment Type
Full Time

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 stewardship strategies.
  • Ask for gifts of at least $50,000 from alumni, friends, and corporations
  • Establish and maintain authentic relationships that match donor interest with organizational need and lead to impactful philanthropic gifts.
  • 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 values.
  • 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 donors.
  • 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 Candidate:

  • 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 eff
  • Identifies what needs to be done and acts before being asked or the situation requires it and works independently to achieve individual goals.
  • 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 critical.
  • 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 philanthropic gifts
  • 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 Text)
  • 100 – 150 Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or In-Person)
  • 20-50 Evaluation Visits


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 performance.
  • Large university advancement experience will be highly valued.
  • Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the stages in the donor life cycle (cultivation/solicitation/closing/stewardship).
  • 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 outcomes.
  • 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 Missouri.
  • 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.



$62,000-$90,000 Annually


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 better answers.

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.

About Mizzou:
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 American Universities.

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 billion.

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 Mizzou Advancement.


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