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Executive Director of Development & Alumni and the EOU Foundation

Eastern Oregon University
Oregon, United States
$95,000.00 - $130,000.00
Closing date
Mar 28, 2024
Eastern Oregon University (EOU) seeks nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Executive Director of Development & Alumni and the EOU Foundation. This position is a full-time, 12 month, position and reports directly to the VP for University Advancement.

The Executive Director of Development & Alumni and the EOU Foundation (Executive Director) has overall responsibility for the leadership, management, and oversight of the Foundation and Alumni Association operations. Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA), the executive director builds and maintains organizational infrastructure to enable effective operations and is charged with the strategy, longer term and day-to-day management of philanthropic campaigns, donor relationships, alumni engagement with the university, and achieving fundraising outcomes.

Initiative and competencies necessary to achieve fundraising and managerial outcomes, collaborative problem solving that enhances staff talents and advances the fulfillment of University goals, and unitive interpersonal behaviors are the hallmarks of this position.

The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison and actively manages all Foundation and Alumni Association-related operations and works closely with university leadership, the Vice President, and Foundation Chair and Alumni Association Chair on fundraising, alumni engagement, and donor relationship efforts in response to the University’s goals. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing goals, developing strategies and achieving outcomes for campaigns, donor stewardship and alumni engagement. The Executive Director organizes and works directly with staff, volunteers, and board members to implement and complete projects. The Executive Director carries an active portfolio of current and prospective benefactors with corresponding fundraising goals.

The Executive Director directs and supervises the efforts of the development staff, and acts as backup to the Vice President as assigned necessary. The executive director is a vital member of the Advancement team and serves informally as coach, mentor and bridge builder for the division. The Executive Director ensures integrity, accountability and transparency in philanthropic gift and donor record management as approved by the Foundation Board of Directors and maintains accurate reporting systems necessary to document donor and alumni engagement, fund use and disbursement, policy and procedure development and implementation and progress towards achievement of the goals.

Attributes and Key Characteristics
The Executive Director of Development position calls for an individual possessing three major characteristics: 
  1. An instinctive drive to connect Eastern Oregon University with the philanthropic needs of current and prospective benefactors; 
  2. Proactive, empirically pragmatic and collaborative approaches to solving problems and achieving goals; and 
  3. Adept and caring interpersonal behaviors characterized by refined adaptive, nonjudgmental and empathetic attitudes with a wide variety of constituents. 


Additional skills and abilities include: 
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships at all levels of the University;
  • Communicating effectively in presenting ideas and concepts verbally and in writing;
  • Developing opportunities for collaboration between and among diverse groups;
  • Working effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse student and staff populations.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Skills required typically obtained through a bachelor’s degree include very strong communication, interpersonal relationship and observation skills; problem solving and critical thinking; speaking, organizational and presentation skills; research and team skills; multi-tasking ability.
  • Five (5) to eight (8) years of experience in fundraising with ability to create, lead and implement successful fundraising efforts (campaign management, alumni, major gifts, gift documentation and management) at both large and small-scale operational levels.
  • Five (5) to eight (8) years of proven experience working in a lead and liaison role to volunteer boards, advisory groups, alumni, and committees.
  • Two (2) to four(4) years of demonstrated knowledge of donor acquisition and engagement techniques, individual gift proposal development and presentation, campaign assessment, organization and leadership.
  • Five (5) years of Supervisory experience of multiple professionals and program areas.


  • Must satisfactorily complete EOU criminal and credential background check. Having a criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Eastern Oregon University will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.

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