Director of Institutional Advancement
FLSA Status: Full Time-Exempt
Office of the President
Work Schedule: 40 hours week
Last Revision Date 7.11.22
Life Chiropractic College West (Life West) is a leader in
chiropractic education. Our dedicated focus on the profession sets
us apart from other institutions making our doctoral and continuing
education programs some of the most sought-after in the world.
Through a leading-edge curriculum and clinical training
experience, we provide graduates with the knowledge, skills,
philosophies, attitudes, and competencies to be the best in their
field. Life West also empowers transformation. We believe that an
outstanding education provides opportunities and resources far
beyond the classroom experience. Our mission is to support the full
career lifecycle from the classroom to retirement.
The vision of Life West is to create a brighter future for
humanity through graduating chiropractors who have a deep
understanding of service and the innate potential of the human body
to heal and adapt to its environment. The Doctor of Chiropractic
program prepares graduates for personal and professional
fulfillment in a climate of giving, doing, loving, and serving from
a place of abundance.
The Director of Institutional Advancement (DIA) is an
enterprising, dynamic, and highly capable executive on the senior
leadership team. The EDIA secures significant philanthropic support
for LCCW’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. S/he is expected
to sustain and deepen the tradition of alumni philanthropic
support, engage the greater LCCW community with advancement
efforts, inspire new thinking, seek out creative and innovative
sources of philanthropic support, and work in partnership with the
President, the Executive VP, the Provost, faculty, staff, and
others to support LCCW’s fundraising activities.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and serving on the
senior executive team, the DIA has broad authority to shape and
expand LCCW’s philanthropic program. Key outcomes include the
successful completion of current capital campaigns, establishing
the plan and processes for generating a lasting endowment fund,
planning the fundraising capital campaign for new campus
enhancements, establishing an enduring legacy program, and grant
writing program, and engaging alumni through the LCCW Alumni
Association and alumni participation and giving initiatives.
As an integral member of the senior executive team charged with
campus wide strategic planning in the Advancement and Alumni areas,
the DIA will employ his/her knowledge and experience with best
practices related to these functional areas through the efficient
operation of the fundraising database and outreach system, the
development and administration of efficient office systems and
processes, and the development of other essential infrastructures
designed to ensure maximum success toward LCCW’s fundraising and
endowment goals. The incumbent will ensure that the department’s
budget and resources are aligned with business objectives for
- Work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Vice
President, President, Provost, Executive Director of
Admissions, and Research Director on fundraising plans and
execution, capital campaigns, endowment projects, legacy giving,
grants, tactics, logistics, and all related activities pursuant to
the Strategic Plan.
- Successfully complete any current College fundraising
- Establish the plan and processes for generating a lasting
- Plan and execute capital campaigns for campus
- Establish an enduring legacy program.
- Establish grant writing programs in collaboration with the
Research department, Health Center, and other departments of the
- Engage alumni through the LCCW Alumni Association and alumni
participation and giving initiatives.
- Plan, promote and produce annual homecoming event which
includes the signing of vendors and sponsors in collaboration with
the President, Executive Vice President and other departments
to ensure a financially successful event
- Maintain best practice expertise in annual giving and alumni
relations through participation in regional and national networks,
industry-related associations, and other local business and
community leadership groups.
- Work with the Executive Director of Admissions, recruitment,
and outreach team to coordinate travel, budget, outreach, and
- Work with other LCCW staff to articulate and coordinate
branding, public relations, and representation opportunities and
- Maintain the fundraising database and outreach system at a high
level of efficiency; maintain efficient and effective office
procedures, analysis, reporting, and dashboard; maintain an
appropriate level of internal communications; report and track
results, and prepare formal internal reports as needed.
- Provide directed guidance and leadership for the Director of
Alumni Relations, and any other team members, and any other instant
team members on strategic goals and objectives and daily
- Set and manage team goals and KPIs, develop and manage the
office budget, set annual performance standards, and evaluate staff
- Support special projects and initiatives of the Executive VP
and President, develop strategic plans and solicit and support
GENERAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND
In addition to satisfactory performance on all of the
responsibilities for this position, all College employees must
fulfill the following basic performance expectations:
- Values, Mission, and Goals: All employees are expected to know
and work by the College's values, mission and goals as set out in
the college Strategic Plan.
- Customer Service: All College employees will strive to provide
outstanding customer service to everyone they serve including
students, the community, and fellow employees.
- Grooming and Appearance: College employees are expected to
maintain a neat and professional image at all times. When issued,
College personnel must wear uniforms, and maintain a neat, clean,
and well-groomed appearance.
- Safety Awareness: College employees are expected to work
diligently to maintain safe and healthful working conditions, and
to adhere to proper operating practices and procedures designed to
prevent injuries. Employees are required to wear personal
protective equipment as provided, depending on the position.
- Attendance Standards: College employees are expected to attend
their work assignments and schedules at all times, pursuant to the
College's Employee Handbook.
- Training: College employees are expected to attend
College-provided training sessions and meetings when deemed
necessary or required.
- Continuous Improvement: College employees are expected to give
attention to continuous assessment and improvement of the
position's assigned set of duties and responsibilities.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE: EDUCATION & TRAINING
The DIA is an experienced and talented fundraiser with a
successful track record in the leadership of giving programs,
alumni engagement, and successful grant writing. He or she
will have the particular ability to develop and execute strategy at
both the departmental and executive levels. A collaborative
approach to leadership is a fundamental requirement as the DIA must
interact with many and diverse individuals and programs to optimize
the performance of his/her team. Doing so requires the ability to
work productively and happily with alumni leaders, LCCW colleagues,
volunteers, and College leadership. Diplomacy, tact, exceptional
communication and interpersonal skills, and above all unquestioned
integrity are necessary for the EDIA.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field; advanced degree
- A minimum of ten (10) years of direct fundraising and
engagement experience is required, preferably in the non-profit
sector, with a strong preference for leadership experience in a
- Fundraising systems experience, as well as access to or
knowledge of the not-for-profit foundation community, is
- Experience with grant writing and management reporting is
- Experience with and understanding financial matters and
execution/implementation is required.
- Executive leadership experience in an institution of
considerable organizational complexity is advantageous.
The successful candidate must also have proven success in
managing individuals and teams. He or she will have demonstrated
success in understanding the varying priorities and approaches to
annual giving (including reunion giving, leadership giving, direct
appeals, young alumni, etc.) and alumni programming and events.
While leadership skills and experience are paramount, significant
senior management experience, including personnel and budgetary
management as well as substantial strength in managing through
metrics and analysis, is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL
- Ability to organize, establish objectives and priorities, and
- Ability to work with diverse groups of College constituents to
achieve fundraising goals.
- Ability to coordinate a number of varied programs and projects
- Ability to solicit and close major gifts.
- Excellent manager of people and programs.
- Ability to build and sustain professional relationships with
- Understanding of database environment including analytical
skill with data of all types.
- Ability to be a flexible and strategic thinker.
- Knowledge of accounting and fiscal management as well as
competency in analyzing data and producing specialized
- High degree of integrity.
- Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation
- High degree of initiative and independent judgment.
- Ability to develop and manage departmental budgets.
- Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business
- Requires ability to communicate and exchange information;
collect, compile, and prepare work documents; and set up and
maintain work files.
- Must be able to lift 25 lbs., retrieving and placing materials
on high shelves and on floor-level shelves; standing, walking,
carrying, grasping, hearing, seeing, sitting, kneeling, climbing,
balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching.
- Work performed in a general office environment.
- Periodic travel may be required.
Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW)) is an equal
opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling
a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities,
people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to
apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its
commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, LCCW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and
parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or
genetic information in its programs or activities, including
employment, admissions, and educational programs.
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