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Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts

Temple University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jan 3, 2024

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Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts & Strategy - (23003781)

Temple University


Grade: T30

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Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (IA), the Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts (AVP-PG) provides leadership and strategic direction for building the University's principal giving program. A critical member of the Vice President's senior leadership team, the AVP-PG provides strategic leadership for all principal gift fundraising efforts across the University. Working with colleagues in the schools and units, the AVP-PG will ensure an integrated approach to identifying, engaging, cultivating, and soliciting the University's highest capacity alumni, families, and friends - including presidential and trustee leadership prospects.

The AVP-PG will serve as the lead strategist in designing and implementing comprehensive strategies to identify and cultivate individuals who can make contributions of $1 million or more. This individual will enhance engagement with the University's most generous donors, creating gift opportunities based on institutional priorities and leading Temple's fundraising programs in preparation for a campaign. The AVP-PG will coordinate fundraising solicitations and determine appropriate recognition and stewardship plans. By collaborating closely with academic and senior leaders across the institution, the AVP-PG will ensure that the University as a whole is maximizing philanthropic support from current and prospective principal gift supporters and will play a lead role in the strategy development and fundraising efforts for specific strategic campaign initiatives as identified by the President and other University leaders. These key initiatives are anticipated to be cross-cutting and multidisciplinary and will engage a wide range of deans, directors, faculty, and staff colleagues.

In addition to securing principal gifts, the position will build out donor programs and operational processes and manage gift officers. Most importantly, the position will lead with influence, establishing trust and engagement with colleagues across IA and the University. Performs other 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 eight years of progressively responsible fundraising experience managing, developing, and leading staff in devising, analyzing, evaluating, and modifying fundraising programs within a university or comprehensive advancement setting. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals, set priorities, present philanthropic opportunities, and close gifts; demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding individual gifts at the seven- and eight-figure level
  • Professional credibility, intellectual depth, maturity, and collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of institutional and academic leaders, Trustees and donors, and other key constituents
  • A strong commitment to personal and professional development and the ability to foster a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated presentation abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to navigate across a complex organization
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially and collaboratively in a team setting to create and contribute to a work environment of transparency, clarity, agility, and mutual respect
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking capabilities; ability to embrace challenges and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact
  • Working knowledge of planned giving, financial, and/or estate planning concepts
  • Familiarity with foundation relations and grants; experience working with family foundations
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as required

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 is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service, and educational programs. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status.

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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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular

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