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Director of Advancement - Nursing

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
$75,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Administrative, Human Resources
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Full Time
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The University of Missouri (MU), Office of Advancement, and the Sinclair School of Nursing, are hiring a Director of Advancement to work as a Chief Development Officer for the Sinclair School of Nursing.

This is a professional position in with primary fundraising responsibilities in the Sinclair School of Nursing.  This Director of Advancement will lead the development program for the School, with a particular focus on securing major and leadership gifts (five- to seven-figure gifts).   This position, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Advancement will be expected to work as part of a larger team of colleagues in Health Advancement and University Advancement to advance the mission of the University through philanthropic support. 

Specific Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Collaborate with others to advance advancement program and achieve fund raising goals for the Sinclair School of Nursing, as well as the University, in accordance with the Office of Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Advancement.
  • Identify prospective individual, Alumni, corporate and foundation donors--major and leadership gifts--and initiate appropriate personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Meet annual performance standards with respect to minimum number of 1) submitted major gift proposals; 2) accepted proposals; 3) substantive visits and contacts.
  • Future supervisory responsibilities in providing management and oversight to future team members (2+) as program develops.
  • Prepare reports and follow up correspondence for donors, Alumni, prospective donors, as well as Nursing and Advancement leadership.
  • Work with Dean, department chairs and administrators in the identification and prioritization of appropriate fund-raising activities.
  • Provide leadership for other development activities within the School including, but not limited to, annual fund, stewardship, donor recognition and communications


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.

  • $2 Million Dollars + Raised
  • 10-15 Major Gift Proposals Presented ($50K and above)
  • 6-10 Major Gifts Closed ($50K and above)
  • 110+ Substantive Written Communications (Email, Letter, or Text)
  • 90-115 Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or In-Person)
  • 12-25 Evaluation Visits


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • 5 years fundraising experience, alumni/volunteer relations or public relations; or equivalent transferable skills showing an understanding of the development model, i.e. pursuing and cultivating donors, customers, or business relationships.
  • Higher education and or healthcare fundraising experience will be prioritized.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Outstanding collaboration as a member of a team and ability to work independently and with many diverse constituencies should be evident.
  • Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors.
  • Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, strategic thinking and planning skills, and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of Missouri.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service in order to carry out the responsibilities associated with the position

Shift: Monday -Friday 8am-5pm with travel expected within a range of 30 to 40 percent of time.  Some irregular hours, including evening and weekend activities should also be expected


Salary: Compensation starting at $75,000


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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