Lander University is seeking a talented and experienced development executive with a strong record of accomplishments in fundraising and fundraising administration. Reporting to the President, the Vice President will have broad authority and responsibility for oversight of all aspects of the University Advancement office, including development, alumni relations and advancement services.
Within the Lander University Foundation, the Vice President will also serve as the Executive Director of the Foundation, facilitating activities of the Foundation board and acting as the liaison between the Foundation and the broader university community. The Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the management of the endowment.
The new Vice President comes to campus at an exciting time, with the arrival of President Richard Cosentino two and a half years ago. As part of the executive leadership team, the Vice President will work with the President and the other members of the executive team to help implement Dr. Cosentino's and the Board of Trustees' vision for the University. In order to help implement this vision, the Vice President needs to have great leadership and communication skills to interact with various campus constituency groups, including academic, athletic and student leaders and organizations, as well as existing donors and alumni groups throughout the country.
The University looks forward to continued enrollment growth. The ability to thrive in this growing university also pertains to the Advancement team, as the new Vice President will have the opportunity to make key team hires to build upon an already solid foundation of team members.
The successful candidate will bring the following qualities, skills and experience to the position:
- strong leader with integrity and a strategic thinker who is organized, willing to travel and desires to excel at being an effective and sensitive advancement partner with the Board(s), President, faculty, staff, volunteers, funding sources and others;
- high professional aspirations and the ability to serve as a mentor to a dedicated staff seeking leadership and professional development;
- a record of achievement in higher education fundraising or a related development context, including capital campaign and major gift solicitation experience, and knowledge of best practices in advancement;
- the ability to identify and pursue opportunities between ongoing projects and potential donors;
- strong preference for at least five years of experience in progressively responsible development positions, and competency with electronic donor information systems;
- excellent analytical and communication skills, including public speaking; must be able to effectively communicate Lander's vision and distinctive mission;
- significant development experience building effective constituency-based development programs, as well as corporate and foundation development programs;
- oversight of the growth and management of foundation financial assets;
- experience in working with university advancement, foundation and alumni offices;
- demonstrated experience and track record of leading a team, based on and off campus, and cooperating with leadership in a collaborative and results-driven environment that enables the team to cultivate donors; plan, execute and close major gifts; and create vibrant alumni networking;
- significant experience with alumni engagement, as well as experience engaging and cultivating new donors from recent graduating classes to promote lifelong giving; the ability to create policies and procedures to govern the Foundation;
- demonstrated ability and successful track record in securing significant major and principal six- and seven-figure gifts;
- successful direct experience in planning or leading major comprehensive campaigns;
- experience in working and interacting with governing boards and other volunteer leaders;
- successful employee hiring and team development;
- a baccalaureate degree required, an advanced degree preferred.
Lander University's new compensation program will offer a competitive compensation package that will correspond to the experience and credentials of the candidate and will reflect the leadership responsibilities of the position. A relocation allowance of $5,000 will be provided, if the selected candidate is not a resident of South Carolina.
Applications should include:
1. A letter of introduction outlining the applicant's background and qualifications for the position. (This letter should specifically address the leadership attributes and professional competencies for this position.)
2. Curriculum vitae/resume.
3. Contact information (email addresses are required) for five professional references, at least one of whom is a person who has reported directly to you, a second who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom you have reported directly.
- The search committee will begin review of candidate materials on February 1, 2018.
- The position will remain open until filled.
- The ideal start date is March 15, 2018, but no later than July 1, 2018.
ALL DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY IN PDF FORMAT TO: Mr. Adam Taylor Chief of Staff & Vice President for Governmental Relations 864-388-8195 or firstname.lastname@example.org