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The University of Michigan Office of Development seeks a dynamic, experienced leader and fundraiser for the position of Assistant Vice President, Leadership and Major Gift Programs.
As a key leader of one of the nation’s most successful public university development teams, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) will help shape the future of philanthropy at the University of Michigan for years to come. If you are a visionary, positive-thinking, results-oriented leader who is devoted to supporting the mission of a great university, this may be a great fit.
If selected, you will report directly to the Vice President for Development, serve on the VP’s leadership team, and work closely with senior leaders across the university to ensure a coordinated, consistent development effort. You will directly lead, integrate, and enhance collaborations among three teams of professional development officers: National Major Gifts; Parents & Families and Student Life; and Planned Giving. Responsibilities include managing your own portfolio of leadership volunteers and gift prospects, and supervising six direct reports who oversee about 28 staff. Frequent travel is required.
Beyond your immediate team, you’ll work closely with fundraising teams for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Foundation Relations; Business Engagement Center; and International Giving; as well as collaborate with professional fundraisers in more than 30 schools, colleges and units. You’ll build connections across the university and help lead long-range strategy for the future of fundraising in a rapidly evolving field, setting the stage for the next record-breaking campaign.
Lead a team of fundraising and support professionals in major gifts, constituent fundraising and planned giving programs, whose primary responsibility is the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual prospects capable of giving in excess of $100,000.
Develop long range plans for University fundraising and planning the next comprehensive campaign; in particular, programs focused on individual prospects and donors at the $100K level and above.
Contribute to and drive an increasingly positive culture by exemplifying an approach that is defined by strong communication and follow-through, and be a champion for OUD’s DEI initiatives.
Develop positive, collaborative working relationships with collegiate and unit development staff and provide fundraising support to directors at individual Schools, Colleges and Units.
Ensure the successful achievement of aggressive fundraising goals, engaging alumni, friends, parents, corporations, foundations, and influential leaders in support of the effort.
Identify and qualify a portfolio of prospects with capacity to make gifts of $100,000 and more, including principal gifts of 5M+. This includes ensuring consistent and appropriate contact, facilitate or make solicitations, and ensure effective stewardship.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major and leadership gift prospects; and secure continued investment in and implementation of best practices in all of the activities of the Office of University Development and development community.
Bachelor’s degree required. At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education development.
Successful comprehensive campaign experience at a multi-faceted institution.
Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major, leadership and principal gifts from individuals.
Ability to work effectively and proactively in a complex organization and political environment.
Proven leadership and management skills that set the tone for a department motivated by values and based on positive organizational scholarship, diversity, equity and inclusion, professionalism, productivity, responsiveness, a strong work ethic, responsibility, collaboration, open communication, mutual respect, and achievement.
Demonstrated leadership ability to develop strategic plans, implement programs, manage and implement change, organize, initiate, and motivate staff, high-level volunteers, and interact successfully with faculty and academic leaders.
Experience in the leadership and management of a department budget.
Demonstrated ability to manage and drive structural and cultural change.
A strong track record of displaying high integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness, and to interact with high-level donors while maintaining a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast paced, complex, academic environment, effectively managing numerous projects and satisfying numerous constituencies simultaneously.
Proven ability to prioritize work for self and others, and manage multiple projects simultaneously with a keen attention to detail and follow-through.
An ability to serve as a motivator and mentor to staff while increasing the level of performance and accountability.
Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills, excellent communication skills, excellent writing and presentation skills.
A strong history and track record of working effectively with volunteers, faculty, administrators, and colleagues, engaging them in the life of the institution and assisting them in improving their effectiveness in all aspects of fundraising.
Advanced degree preferred.
Familiarity with University policies and procedures.
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.
The U-M development community is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.
Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 182314
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