Executive Director, Advancement Services

Posted on 10/14/2021

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are welcome and supported.
General Summary

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement, the Executive Director for Advancement Services is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing day-to-day operations and long-term projects for four teams within Advancement and External Relations: Prospect Discovery and Research, Prospect Management, Advancement Data Systems, and Gift Processing. This individual will lead a responsive, creative, and service-oriented department that meets the information and record-keeping needs of a robust advancement operation. The Executive Director of Advancement Services will also have input into office-wide strategic decisions about allocating resources, evaluating staff, and identifying areas of opportunity to increase philanthropic support and alumni engagement.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Production and implementation of strategies for an effective and comprehensive advancement services program, supporting year-to-year advancement activities as well as a multi-year comprehensive capital campaign.
  • Organization of departmental activity to deliver key information and services, recommending and prioritizing those that are most critical to ensure annual divisional goals are met.
  • Development and implementation of strategic and operational planning processes involving internal and external constituencies.
  • Creation and oversight of University-wide policies related to the proper use of alumni and donor information as well as gift processing protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • BA/BS degree.
  • Eight or more years of related advancement experience in higher education or equivalent in a non-profit, foundation, or civic organization.
  • Ability to interact with high-level internal staff and external volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand strategies and best practices pertaining to prospect discovery, prospect management, alumni and donor data systems, and gift processing.
  • Demonstrated history of overseeing service units and improving customer service systems and response times.

Preferred Requirements

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience.
Managerial Responsibilities

  • Direct supervision of all service unit directors, including Prospect Discovery and Research, Prospect Management, Advancement Data Systems, and Gift Processing, including the implementation of effective managerial processes to achieve strategic and annual goals within the department.
  • Oversees the development, evaluation, and supervision of the larger Advancement Services team.

Financial Responsibilities

  • This position will manage the budget for advancement services departments.
Other Skills & Abilities Required

  • Advanced understanding of the technology and tools required to track and measure fundraising progress, with an understanding of Ellucian Advance, Tableau, and similar tools preferred.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and work effectively under time constraints.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Additional Information
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

Salary & Benefits Package:
DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University’s mission.
DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

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