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Director of Health Professions Advancement and Alumni Relations

University of Pikeville
Kentucky, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

The Director of Health Professions Advancement and Alumni Relations is charged with engaging alumni and securing private and corporate gifts for the university’s health professions programs – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) and Tanner College of Dental Medicine (TCDM). The primary responsibility is to meet or exceed annual and multi-year fundraising goals by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing, and stewarding prospects and donors capable of individual gifts in excess of $10,000.

This position is actively engaged in establishing long-term partnerships and strengthening existing relationships with alumni, vendors, corporate and community partners, and other key industry leaders that will result in funding for immediate and long-term goals for the benefit of the graduate programs.

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) strives to serve students – 35% of whom are first-generation, 99% of whom receive some form of financial aid, and 18% of whom are nonwhite at the undergraduate level – by making learning accessible and affordable. One of the University’s signature initiatives is Open Educational Resources, which offers no-cost course materials and reduces the economic burden on students and families. The academic programs at the institution utilize flexible delivery modes, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online course offerings and programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Work within a comprehensive institutional advancement strategy.
  2. Plan and execute a development plan, which includes identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and potential donors while working independently and/or collaboratively with volunteers.
  3. Plan and execute alumni engagement events, communications and other initiatives for Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) and Tanner College of Dental Medicine (TCDM).
  4. Develop strategic relationships among faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, friends, students, and campus colleagues that result in effective partnerships and increased philanthropy.
  5. Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals specified for amount raised, contacts, number of successful solicitations, etc. Goals include: 200 to 300 qualified prospects, 15-30 weekly touch points, 8-10 monthly face-to-face visits, 5-8 events annually, and an annual solicitation goal of 75-100.
  6. Document contacts and adhere to policies and procedures for accepting, recording and acknowledging gifts.
  7. Work closely with Alumni, Advancement and Public Affairs offices to maximize the fundraising potential of the university through participation in events or meetings.
  8. Perform stewardship activities for gifts to KYCOM, KYCO and TCDM.
  9. Be results-oriented and embody professional characteristics that include leadership, commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, team-orientation, attention to detail and sensitivity to the stewardship of long-term relationships.
  10. Perform other duties as required or assigned.


Position requires daily contact with alumni, donors, prospective donors, students, UPIKE faculty and staff, and other constituents in order to expand alumni engagement and inspire philanthropic support.

Relationships are maintained through various modes of communication including, but not limited to, e-mail, telephone, written, and person-to-person contact.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proven track record – multiple years of fundraising or sales experience required with demonstrated success at meeting annual and/or goals.
  • Ability to network and grow relationships, leading to philanthropic support.
  • Ability to manage an annual campaign or goals.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Positive attitude and flexible approach.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other computer applications.
  • Experience working with basic office equipment, e.g. computer, printer, copier.
  • Commitment to the University of Pikeville mission.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b) retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

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