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Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement- UNIVERSITY (CAMPAIGN) PRIORITIES & STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Constituent Programs - Kent Campus [100768]

Job Title:

Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Physical Location:

 Kent, OH


 $110,000 - $125,000

Basic Function:

Manage and oversee fundraising activities for university strategic priorities in the Division of Institutional Advancement (IA) and in conjunction with other units/divisions on campus. Lead college, campus and unit based fundraising staff in the cultivation and solicitation of gifts in excess of $25,000. Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects ($100,000+) to meet predetermined university priorities.  Serve as an advisor to the Senior Associate Vice President on a variety of strategic fundraising initiatives and planning initiatives and as a member of the fundraising management team. Reports to the Senior Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Develop and implement fundraising strategies and initiatives for specific university fundraising priorities.

Support and advance the Division of Institutional Advancement as a strategic resource in fundraising planning and goal setting within the university community.

Communicate the status of major gift fundraising activity to the Senior Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and relevant college, campus and department leadership; disseminate reports.

Provide leadership in development and tracking of annual fundraising goals.

Collaborate with divisional leadership in developing coordinated engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies toward major gift donors, strategic partners and other financial supporters.

Conduct research and assist with the development of customized funding proposals for donors with the capacity of making philanthropic commitments in excess of $1M.

Provide direct supervision and leadership of a fundraising team in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors for outright and planned gifts.

Design, develop and implement staff professional development activities to increase the number, frequency and size of philanthropic donations and meet projected donor target levels.

Identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for major and special gifts.

Plan, monitor, and maintain unit budget and approve operating expenses.

Serve on various college, campus, division, and university committees.

Perform public relation activities at various functions.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:




Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, business management, or related field; ten years successful fundraising experience in a comprehensive development environment.



Knowledge Of:

Higher education, processes to include managing and reporting fundraising activities *
Complex issues facing higher education *

Skill In:

Fundraising and gift planning *
Collaboration with a diverse group of constituents *
Organizing information and projects *
Written, verbal and interpersonal communication *
Managing and coaching fundraising staff; proactive style of leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction *
Desktop computing and database applications *

Ability To:

Think strategically *
Work independently and as part of a team *
Provide leadership and direction *
Interact effectively with a wide variety of constituents *
Establish and cultivate lasting relationships *

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Master’s degree in higher education administration, non-profit management, accounting, business administration or related field; certification in professional fundraising.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:


Working Schedule:


Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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