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Director of Advancement - College of Engineering

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 6, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Other Administrative
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Advancement - College of Engineering

Job ID: 8356
Location: El Paso, TX
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: $RegTemp

FLSA Status

Posting End Date
Open until filled.

$75,000-$87,500 annually

Hours per Week
40.00 Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hiring Department
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 & Advancement Services, and Strategy, Talent & Culture.

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 development to serve as the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Institutional Advancement's (IA) Director of Advancement for the College of Engineering (COENG).

As we build-out our development team, we are looking for a highly collaborative central senior development officer to create and implement a comprehensive development strategy and serve as the primary liaison to the COENG.

Essential Functions
What you'll do:

In this role, you'll be charged with creating and executing a comprehensive development strategy for the COENG. Building on the multicultural and multilingual richness of the Paso del Norte border region, the College of Engineering strives to model transformative, boundary-crossing education to develop innovative, engaged, and contributing members of a global society.

Working closely with the Dean and the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), you will guide the identification and prioritization of the fundraising opportunities that propel the College towards its goals of improving education, leading the University in research, and enhancing service to the community by providing expertise and leadership in scientific and technological areas.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development and Advancement Services, Josh McCoy, with a dotted line to the COENG Dean, you'll manage a portfolio of major and principal-level prospects regionally and nationally, develop and execute strategies leading to successful evaluation, cultivation, solicitation, and investment that aims to leverage donors' interests with the College's opportunities.

No two days will be the same, but you can expect them to be filled with identifying and strategizing investment opportunities and building impactful, long-term relationships with the College's constituents. As a part of a centralized Institutional Advancement division, you'll be supported not only by your AVP and immediate teammates but also by colleagues across the division in prospect research, stewardship, alumni engagement, and communications.

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)
Five years of related experience and/or training to the essential duties and responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organization's agenda, particularly donors, colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders
An unending commitment to positively contributing to our team culture; we all commit to making UTEP IA a great place to work
Tenacious optimism and a goal-oriented, growth mindset; the ability to remain flexible and develop creative solutions in pursuit of always maintaining forward momentum
Capacity to multitask and continually balance competing priorities within a dynamic environment
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

Preferred Qualifications
It'd be nice if you have:

Major gift fundraising experience
A working understanding of a research university environment with prominent faculty along with the grace and enthusiasm necessary to engage high net-worth individuals
Demonstrated success fundraising for a College of Engineering or another school/college
Advanced degree
Experience using a fundraising database (we use Raiser's Edge/NXT and FPM)

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 sit; use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms and to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 25 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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