Assistant Vice President of
DEPARTMENT: University Advancement
REPORTS TO: Sr. Vice President of Institutional
Advancement & Strategy
POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant Vice President
(AVP) for Advancement plays a critical role in leading and
overseeing the advancement efforts of the university. This position
is responsible for developing and executing strategies to cultivate
relationships with alumni, donors, and other stakeholders to secure
financial support and engagement with the university’s mission and
goals. The AVP for Advancement provides strategic leadership to the
advancement team, collaborates with university leadership, and
ensures the successful implementation of fundraising and engagement
Additionally, the AVP provides leadership and direction for
foundation, corporate, and government funding, annual giving, donor
relations, database management and prospect research as well as
supports individual major gifts and planned giving.
The AVP reports to the Senior Vice President, assists with
strategic planning and implementation of fundraising priorities,
ensures related administrative oversight and is responsible for
personally managing a portfolio of donors and prospects.
Education required: Minimum of a Bachelor’s
degree with advanced degree or professional certifications
Experience required: Eight to ten years of
experience in fundraising involving direct personal solicitation
and demonstrated ability to close major gifts (individual,
foundation, corporate, and government).
Skills Required: A demonstrated success for
interacting and building relationships with administrators,
faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, donors and prospects.
Successful track record of team building and staff supervision.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge software, preferred.
- Commitment to the mission of Point Park University.
- Experience in education, business, or the charitable
- Management orientation which focuses on results and the
planning necessary for success, including critical thinking skills
and the ability to set priorities.
- Working knowledge of best practices in all aspects of
- Positive attitude with the capacity to motivate staff and work
cohesively with other university departments.
- Creative outside the box thinker, both big picture and
- High ethical standards.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Willingness to travel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Works with the SVP, Advancement team, and University faculty
and staff partners to lead planning and implementation of long- and
short-term strategies to secure funding from individuals,
foundation, corporate, and government sources through major,
planned, and annual gifts.
- Manages and builds a portfolio of donors and prospects with the
goal of cultivating and stewarding excellent relationships with
alumni and potential donors.
- Meets monthly established goals for number of visits and
proposals and provides regular reports on Portfolio movement to
university leadership to ensure its strategic growth.
- Qualifies major gift prospects. Make initial contact with new
prospects to arrange meetings. Determine if the prospect has the
capacity and inclination to make a major gift to the
- Personally solicits contributions from major donors; support
SVP, alumni volunteers, and members of the University’s leadership
team with major gift planning visits; and prepares and tracks
stewardship processes as follow up.
- Leads, manages, and mentors the advancement team, including
professionals responsible for fundraising, donor relations, alumni
engagement, and communications.
- Supervises Annual Giving in developing effective programs to
set, meet, and increase alumni participation and fundraising
- Supervises Foundation, Corporate, and Government funding and
post-award management efforts University-wide working with a range
of administration, faculty, and staff teams.
- Supervises Database & Donor Services in maintaining the
alumni and development database, managing the donor research
process, and ensuring accurate and timely Raiser’s Edge gift
entries and updates.
- Monitors and analyze fundraising metrics, donor engagement
trends, and alumni participation rates to inform decision-making
and adjust strategies as needed.
- Collaborates with university leadership, academic departments,
and other stakeholders to ensure alignment of advancement efforts
with overall university objectives, including establishing and
maintaining effective communication channels to keep internal and
external stakeholders informed.
- Represents the University at various internal and external
meetings and community events, activities, and professional
organizations, as requested. Maintains a consistent presence with
individuals and community-based organizations whose philanthropic
missions closely align with Point Park’s mission.
- Other related duties as assigned.
Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and
resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu
(preferred) or mail to:
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
When responding via email please reference – AVP –
UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT - in the subject line.
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NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high
volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able
to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we
determine that your skills and experience match the position
requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity
further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit
our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and
Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity