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 Trulaske College of Business. 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:
- Identify prospective individual donors, corporations, and
foundations for major gifts ($50,000 and above) and initiate
appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
strategies. This responsibility will be measured by
individually based goals for proposals delivered and closed, number
of substantive personal contacts and visits, and dollars
- With direction from the Executive Director of Advancement
develop and implement an annual operating plan with monthly and
quarterly activity and progress goals.
- Attend any College of Trulaske College of Business donor
functions, central Advancement meetings and participate in prospect
- Positively represent the University of Missouri and the College
of Trulaske College of Business at all times and assist with other
fundraising projects as needed.
- Serve as advancement liaison for assigned unit advisory boards
and College of Trulaske College of Business alumni boards.
- Perform required recordkeeping related to donor
- Must maintain valid driver’s license and wireless service in
order to carry out responsibilities associated with this
- Assist with other development projects as needed.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate:
- Collaborator that has the ability to work, formally and
informally, within one’s team and across the organization.
- Effective communicator that has the ability to communicate
ideas, thoughts, and facts orally and in writing and can actively
listen and respond appropriately.
- Excellent time manager 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.
- Critical thinker that is able to analyze and evaluate
information and make appropriate decisions.
- Donor focused with the ability to learn and understand
organizational relationships and dynamics and use them to achieve
objectives and goals.
Yearly Goals & Metrics
- $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
- 100 – 150 Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or
- 20-50 Evaluation Visits
At the University of Missouri Office of Advancement, we invest
in our employees. Once you join our team, you will participate
in the Discipline of Frontline Fundraising (DFF) program with Plus
Delta Partners, a 9-month series of fundraising workshops and 1:1
skill building. Ensuring you have the tools to succeed is an
Advancement priority. Your success as a gift officer will have a
direct and lasting impact on Mizzou and the priorities of the
Compensation for this position starts at $70,000
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, with some travel and irregular working
hours, weekend responsibilities may be required
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education
and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which
comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
Our team knows that fundraising is a special niche, which is why
we are open to transferable skills! If you have experience
that translates to fundraising, tell us about it in your cover
letter. These skills include, but are not limited to, sales,
finance, consulting, non-profit work, higher education experience,
etc. We are excited to learn more about you and your
Here are our 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
- Large university advancement experience will be highly
- Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the
stages in the donor life cycle
planning/execution and major gift solicitation experience is
- This person must be capable of flourishing in a fast-paced,
collaborative and fluid work environment focused on performance and
- 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
- Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary
interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as is
the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and
- Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional
growth is also required.