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Associate Vice President

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Administration – Orangeburg, SC
Categories: Staff

South Carolina State University is seeking an experienced, inspiring, and mission-driven leader to serve as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement (AVP) for (IA).

Under the leadership of Col (Ret) Alexander Conyers, SC State’s 13th president, the University has set goals for SC State to build a best-practices advancement operation in anticipation of entering the planning stages of the University’s inaugural comprehensive fundraising campaign.

As a senior leader for Institutional Advancement, the AVP will have the opportunity to build and inspire a major gifts team that can capitalize on the relatively untapped philanthropic potential of alumni, friends, and corporate partners.

The AVP role offers the successful candidate an incredible leadership opportunity at a critical time in South Carolina State University’s history. The IA team is planning for substantial growth, including plans to add 4 new fundraising positions over the next two years. The AVP will build and grow a dynamic and innovative major gift fundraising team by hiring, training, and coaching a team of major gift fundraisers.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership & Program Success

The Associate Vice President for Advancement will:

Provide onboarding, leadership, coaching, and effective supervision of the staff members in all areas of major giving, including school/program-based giving, gift planning, and corporate and foundation relations, while also maintaining a close relationship with the athletics fundraising team;

Identify funding priorities and goals for each of the constituent areas and central fundraising units;

Instill fundraising best practices among staff and help to communicate these best practices to the deans, department chairs, and other academic leaders;

Work with assigned staff members to develop business plans and annual goals, track monthly and quarterly progress, and conduct annual performance evaluations;

Provide insight to help set the division’s annual fundraising goals and achieve a significant increase in major gift fundraising productivity for the institution;

Meet division-wide performance metrics and goals as agreed upon with the vice president for Institutional Advancement;

Lead staff in an aggressive program of donor identification and qualification in order to build a substantial pool of prospective donors;

Work with staff to help coach deans and other academic leaders in the art of developing and articulating a compelling vision for their areas of responsibility;

Build strong relationships among the academic and administrative leadership, the faculty, and external constituents, including donors, alumni, and community leaders, with the goal of increasing the visibility of SC State for potential donors;

Encourage and coordinate professional development opportunities for assigned staff; and

The AVP will develop and maintain a small portfolio of high-value donor prospects.

Minimum Requirements for Entry into Position:

A bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of fundraising experience are required for this position, preferably working in a complex organization or university setting with five or more years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Requirements for Entry into Position: 

A progressive record of professional success and compelling leadership skills that are collaborative and inclusive;
The highest level of integrity, accountability, and trustworthiness;
The willingness to be flexible;
Innovation and the ability to apply emerging trends and best practices to best fit SC State’s needs;
The ability to foster an empowered, inspired, and positive culture for staff;
A sense of urgency and a clear set of priorities with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances;
Outstanding interpersonal skills and political savvy, with the ability to navigate a complex environment and understand and relate effectively with diverse constituents;
Success managing a fundraising department - experience working on a campaign is preferred;
Experience in leading, managing, and supervising advancement professionals who are successful fundraisers;
Experience in initiating high-level gift and grant discussions with corporate, foundation, and individual donor prospects;
Experience in recruiting, motivating, and supporting volunteers to build and expand the development network; and
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a clear, consistent, and transparent manner to create shared goals and understanding.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
Knowledge of higher education fundraising practices and trends is preferred.
Familiarity with fundraising databases and CRM systems.

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