Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development

Temple University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

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Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA), the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development provides strategic leadership and direction to central fundraising operations, including 16 of the university’s college- and unit-based fundraising programs, including Beasley School of Law, Fox School of Business, and Intercollegiate Athletics along with central IA’s Regional and Annual Giving programs.  The AVP establishes annual goals, in collaboration with senior leaders using agreed-upon metrics and best practices, provides training and mentoring to fundraising staff, and maintains a select portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.  

The AVP will collaborate with deans and directors to manage and grow Temple’s fundraising achievement.  As a member of the IA senior leadership team, the incumbent will participate in pre-campaign planning and strategy and will be directly involved with the planning and implementation for Temple’s upcoming campaign. To successfully execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy at Temple, the AVP and associated fundraisers will work closely with centrally-based colleagues including Principal Gifts, Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and Donor Relations and Stewardship.  This position is a tremendous opportunity for a seasoned professional to lead fundraising at Temple and to work closely with colleagues within central Institutional Advancement and across campus to maximize fundraising success. The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and an effective advocate and ally for Temple University. This person will be joining the team at a pivotal time, which will include comprehensive planning for the University’s next campaign. 
The AVP must be a seasoned leader, steeped in best practices in advancement, with a facility for managing and influencing across complex organizations and a proven track record of personal success closing six- and seven-figure gifts. The incumbent should have a commitment to the mission of Temple University, a positive, creative and collaborative work-style, and a demonstrated command the principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising including gift planning and financial management. Performs other related duties as assigned.

At Temple, you will find it easy to fit in while staying true to yourself.  We value what makes each employee unique and strive to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion.  As an employee, you will enjoy our collaborative team-based culture that values innovation and creativity.  
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Required Education & Experience:
Master’s degree and at least ten years of higher education/alumni fundraising experience with a proven track record of closing major and principal gifts. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.  

Essential Functions of Position:
•    Lead central fundraising programs and school- and unit-based programs as well as regional and annual giving programs.  
        * Incorporate and adapt best practices; set performance metrics and annual goals; hold team members accountable; and ensure the creation and implementation of strategic and/or operating plans.
        * Manages and executes regular prospect and pipeline meetings for the division.
•    Enhance and inspire the strong service orientation between central development and school- and unit-based staff; work closely with deans, chief development officers, and unit-based fundraising staff to develop and implement strategic plans to fulfill key priorities. 
•    Personally cultivate, solicit, and steward a select portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and donors. 
•    Provide support to the University President, VPIA, and other high-level administrators in cultivating and soliciting gifts from the University’s top donors and prospects.
•    Cultivate strong working relationships with academic and administrative leadership across Temple; ensure that Institutional Advancement is seen as a collaborative, proactive, and trustworthy partner.
•    Remain current with fundraising trends and best practices and serve as a resource to identify successful development activities and implement necessary changes.
•    Provide guidance and support for school/college/unit development programs including strategic planning, personnel management, and major gift fundraising.
        * Develop and implement a robust in-house training program for front-line fundraisers to mentor and inspire a culture of philanthropy
•    Work closely with the Deans of schools and colleges to ensure individual development and alumni relations programs are effectively contributing to the long and short-term needs of those schools and colleges.
•    Develop and implement assertive performance standards for both school/college programs as well as individual staff members to include metrics for the number, quality and dollar value of proposals submitted per month, quarter, and year.
•    Establish comprehensive regional and annual giving program based on data.
        * Provide strategic direction to the annual giving team, with a focus on increasing the breadth and depth of Temple’s donor pool through data-informed strategies and tactics. Stay ahead of trends, changes, and innovations in evolving annual giving vehicles.
        * Develop key performance indicators and metrics for programs that drive decisions for programs.
        * Ensure school and unit-based programs align with central efforts and drive collaboration with all fundraising units.
•    Demonstrated success with developing and sustaining relationships with key donors, volunteer leadership, and senior staff.

Required Skills & Abilities:
•    Excellent interpersonal skills are required with the ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals both inside and outside of the university.
•    Prepare clear and concise effective correspondence, reports, and other documents. 
•    Entrepreneurial skills in identifying donors and cultivating meaningful relationships.
•    Ability to work collaboratively and strategically, and demonstrate a strong knowledge of the principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising including gift planning and financial management.
•    Ability to travel and work evening and weekend hours.
•    A demonstrated commitment to the role and importance of higher education is essential.
•    Ability to lead a senior fundraising staff.  

•    Familiarity and experience performing in a matrixed work environment preferred.

This position requires a background check.

This position is assigned a hybrid work arrangement (on-campus and remote), the duration of this hybrid work arrangement is at the discretion of Temple University and the Department.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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