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Assistant Vice President- Unit Development

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 25, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Vice President- Unit Development

Job ID: 8038
Location: El Paso, TX
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: $RegTemp

FLSA Status

Posting End Date
Open until filled.

Commensurate with education and experience.

Hours per Week
Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Nights, weekends and/or travel may be required.

Hiring Department
Office of Institutional Advancement

Required Application Materials
A cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references is required in order to apply.

Please combine all documents in a single PDF file.

Purpose of Position
What Is Institutional Advancement & who should apply?

Our team works cohesively to build strategic relationships, keep alumni connected to each other and to the University, and match philanthropic goals with institutional priorities to advance, support, and sustain the University's mission. Our division relies on the constant collaboration of our departments - Alumni & Donor Engagement, Development, Operations, and Strategy, Talent & Culture.

With a growing team and vastly unrealized fundraising potential, we had a record-breaking year last year and are poised to surpass that again this year. Maintaining that momentum, we are excited to continue to implement innovative ways to extend our reach and impact.

As America's leading Hispanic-serving university, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is dedicated to access and excellence - for our students and, just as important, for our teammates. In Institutional Advancement (IA), we know that our success is built on the contribution of a team that is diverse in its people, thought, and experience. Our inclusive culture of care is more than a commitment at UTEP IA - it is the foundation of all that we do.

Who you are is comprised of various identities and life experiences that shape your unique candidacy.

Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people from systemically marginalized communities will only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

Read on to understand more about who we're looking for in this role, what you'll do, and the skills and experiences we're after. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in UTEP and Institutional Advancement as well as what you hope to bring to this role.

Who we want:

An ambitious and dynamic leader with a proven track-record in managing frontline fundraisers as well as personal major gift development success to serve as our Assistant Vice President for Unit Development.

As we build-out our development team, we are looking for a highly collaborative and accomplished individual who demonstrates strong organizational, supervisory, and leadership skills.

As a fundraiser you prioritize honoring our donors and work creatively to match their philanthropic goals with institutional priorities. You relentlessly pursue excellence but never compromise integrity along the way. You believe that the most transformational gifts happen not because of a single development officer, but by connecting donors with many individuals across the University. You value collaboration and donor interest over individual convenience or gain.

As a manager, you build trust with your team through authenticity, shared vision, and transparency. You invest time and energy in growing your team professionally and personally, to remove barriers for their success, and foster a team culture that pursues excellence while also caring deeply about the human behind the job.

Essential Functions
What you'll do:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development & Advancement Services and serving as a member of our Senior Leadership team, you'll be charged with managing, mentoring, and training our frontline Unit Development Officers. You'll work collaboratively with your fundraisers, other IA units, and campus leaders like deans and vice presidents to develop and implement strategic annual plans that increase constituent support, achieve fundraising goals, and advance UTEP's strategic plan.

With a growth mindset and a commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, you'll grow, lead, and further develop our team of frontline Development Officers. By establishing and implementing policies and procedures to enhance and facilitate fundraising best practices, training and consistent follow-up for our growing team will be a top priority.

While the primary responsibility of this role is management, there is an expectation to lead by example and maintain a small portfolio of major gift prospects. You will demonstrate successful discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors as well as set an example for your team on collaborative teamwork.

Our approach to development & what we value:

Our development officers are 100% Institutional Advancement employees who are assigned to schools, colleges, or other campus units to become content experts in their unit, build a robust portfolio and pipeline of giving, and collaborate with unit leaders to develop compelling philanthropic opportunities.

With a centralized division, additional IA units provide support to each fundraiser, including annual giving, stewardship and events, prospect research, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, and marketing and communications.

We believe in maintaining smaller portfolios that can be worked within a reasonable time and will not tolerate prospect-hoarding that jeopardizes donor experience or institutional support. Shared credit is expected and encouraged; we value collaboration and teamwork above personal gain and convenience.

Our weighted metric system reflects the scope of influence a fundraiser has based on the stage of gift cycle and tenure in the role. New fundraisers and new hires will prioritize substantiative visits over dollars raised. Over time, the weight of success will shift to proposals and dollars raised.

With most of our donors located in the El Paso area, travel is generally within driving distance. We encourage our team to use whatever means are necessary to continue gift conversations and do not penalize someone for using Zoom or other means to move the conversation along.

Required Qualifications
What you'll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor's degree (required) with preference for an advanced degree
  • Eight or more years of total fundraising experience with a minimum of three years major gift ($25,000K) experience (required) with a strong preference for experience in a higher education setting.
  • Three or more years of management experience (required) with a strong preference for experience successfully managing other major gift fundraisers
  • Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organization's agenda, particularly donors, colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders
  • Capacity to multitask and continually balance competing priorities within a dynamic environment
  • Experience in a higher education setting, enthusiasm for fundraising, and working within a goal-oriented fundraising organization
  • Experience working directly with deans, vice presidents, program directors and/or advisory board members to advance fundraising priorities
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a small team with limited resources, supporting the success of all colleagues and prioritizing the UTEP's overall goals above personal achievement
  • Tenacious optimism and a goal-oriented, growth mindset; the ability to remain flexible and develop creative solutions in pursuit of always maintaining forward momentum
  • An unending commitment to positively contributing to our team culture; we all commit to making UTEP IA a great place to work and supporting the success of all our colleagues

    Preferred Qualifications
    It'd be nice if you had:

  • A working understanding of a research university environment with prominent faculty along with the grace and enthusiasm necessary to engage high net-worth individuals
  • Proficiency using a fundraising database (we use Raiser's Edge/NXT and FPM)
  • Demonstrated success fundraising for a University school or college and working closely with deans to achieve fundraising priorities

    Working Conditions
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    EO/AA Statement
    The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.

    In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

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