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 Arts and Science. This position will work under
the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director of
Advancement and in close collaboration with other advancement team
members, and unit staff. This position will have the opportunity
- Raise funds to support students, faculty, staff, research, and
programs in the College of Arts and Science
- Develop and initiate appropriate cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
- Solicit for gifts of at least $50,000 from alumni, friends, and
- Establish and maintain authentic relationships that match
donor’s desired impact with organizational priority and lead to
impactful philanthropic gifts.
- Research and ask potential donors thoughtful questions to gain
insight into needs, beliefs, interest, and donation habits to
understand how best to engage them with the college.
- Regularly thank donors by proving impact reports explaining how
their donations made a difference.
- Under the direction of the Executive Director of Advancement,
partner with various A&S departmental leaders and faculty
members to provide direction in the development and implementation
of advancement goals and to assure alignment with organizational
and system-wide goals, strategic plans, mission, vision, and
values. This particularly applies to the Kinder Institute, the
Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, and social sciences
departments within the College.
- Collaborate with other teams in the advancement community to
build partnerships and enhance fundraising activities.
- Assist in brainstorming and creating new methods to raise funds
for the college.
- Travel inside and outside of Missouri.
- Actively participate in internal and external college and
alumni functions and meetings.
- Maintain complete and orderly records of contacts with
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license and wireless service to
carry out the responsibilities associated with the position.
- Assist with other development related projects as needed.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful
- Works, formally and informally, within one’s team and across
the organization as a collaborator.
- Deeply cares and contributes to team success by openly sharing
ideas and information, actively listening, responding thoughtfully,
and offering support for others’ ideas and proposals.
- Communicates ideas, thoughts, and facts orally and in writing
effectively and can actively listen and respond appropriately and
- Identifies what needs to be done and acts before being asked or
the situation requires it and works independently to achieve
- Manages time efficiently 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.
- Analyzes and evaluates information to make appropriate
decisions - even in difficult or ambiguous situations when time is
- Learns and understands organizational relationships and
dynamics and use them to achieve objectives and goals.
- Is confident of own ability to ask for money and close
- Willingness to travel in the US and work occasional evening or
weekend hours as needed.
Yearly Goals & Metrics
Success will be measured through the tracking of individually
based goals for proposals delivered and closed, number of
substantive personal contacts and visits, and dollars raised.
- $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 Meetings (Phone, Virtual, or
- 20-50 Qualification Meetings
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 campaign.
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
Compensation starting at $70,000 annually.
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
- 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 gifts and present a history of supporting the
building of an advancement program and fundraising
- Large university advancement experience will be highly
- Candidates must display a sophisticated understanding of the
stages in the donor life cycle
- Campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitation
experience is preferred.
- 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
can favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors.
- Evidence of a commitment to discovery and excellence,
self-motivation, a passion for Mizzou and/or the liberal arts and
working in an environment with a “team first” culture,
and lifelong learning and professional growth is also