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PRIMARY DUTY: The Vice President of University Advancement oversees the offices of Development and Alumni Relations. Integrating fund and alumni engagement, the Vice President of University Advancement promotes the image, reputation, and competitive advantage of the University. This position reports directly to the President and serves on the Northwest Leadership Team.



  1. Serves as the key external voice for University Advancement and as such, provides key oversight of all strategic fundraising activities and capital campaign initiatives for the University
  2. Serves as the Executive Director of the Northwest Foundation, Inc. and provides leadership for Northwest Foundation and provides for partnering experiences with the Foundation and university entities
  3. Is responsible for alumni engagement and as such, provides integrated experiences regarding alumni relations and oversees alumni/donor database/web technologies and volunteer engagement
  4. Manages in a team-based, employee empowered environment and provides oversight for appropriate fiscal management and operations/long-term planning
  5. Provides overall people management functions related to advancement personnel
  6. Works collaboratively with all Northwest Leadership Team members and all portfolios within the Northwest leadership structure
  7. Serves on university teams as assigned
  8. Performs other duties as assigned



        Education: Bachelor’s degree

        Certification/Licensure: Driver’s license         

        Experience: Experience in capital campaigns, cultivation of and success with leadership gifts and planned giving, along with familiarity with not-for-profit organizations and volunteer management; five years of related experience

Skills: Ability to make multi-level decisions; superior interpersonal, organizational, communication, and management skills; proven leadership ability; passion for focusing on student success via advancement functions and providing an engagement platform for friends and alumni of Northwest Missouri State University; commitment to performance excellence/continuous improvement of advancement operations; ability to interact effectively with a variety of constituents internally and externally and represent the university in a variety of settings



WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will work the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break. This position will require additional hours during nights and weekends, as well as travel. This position must purchase and maintain a cellular device and service that will be used for work functions. This position must be responsible for plan choices, calling areas, service features, terminations clauses, and paying for all charges associated with the cellular device and service.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises all staff members within the offices of Development and Alumni Relations                                      


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 110 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 10,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


Founded in 1905 and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top public regional universities in the Midwest, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jump start on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area and Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.


Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.

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