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Vice President for Advancement

Takoma Park, MD
Position:         Vice President for Advancement
Status:             Administrative/Full-Time
Unit:                Institutional Advancement and Alumni Engagement
Supervisor:     President

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

Job Summary:
The Vice President for Advancement at Washington Adventist University serves as the Chief Advancement Officer and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs and recruiting and developing talented team members focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fund-raising outcomes. The advancement function includes responsibility for annual fund, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent engagement efforts, stewardship, and advancement services.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Advance the WAU mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the University in concert with the University President and senior administrative colleagues.
  • Work closely with the President in all phases of his advancement and campaign leadership activities.
  • Serve as a member of the University Leadership Team and maintain close working relationships with members of the Board of Trustees and key alumni/parents/friends of the University.
  • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals and secure major, capital, and planned gifts, as well as advanced annual gifts and endowment support.
  • Participate in strategic discussions and develop programs to strengthen the financial resources of the University.
  • Create and execute fund raising plans that utilize best practices in annual, major, and planned gift programs to meet fundraising goals.
  • Ensure dynamic processes in all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Prepare for the upcoming campaign through comprehensive and effective campaign planning and execution.
  • Hire, train, inspire and guide direct reports and the entire advancement team toward accountable, goal-oriented outcomes.
  • Develop annual plans and budgets for Alumni engagement, Annual Fund, Gift Planning, Comprehensive Campaigns, Major Gifts, Grants Development, Stewardship and Advancement Services.
  • Engage University colleges, schools, programs, and enhance the culture of philanthropy.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, coaches, and campus departments whose cooperation is essential to effective outreach and fund raising.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for Institutional Advancement to the Board of Trustees and the Board Committee on Advancement.
  • Provide leadership to constituent relations programs in the areas of alumni relations, parent relations, and other key constituent relations.
  • Devise and implement effective internal and external messaging and methods of advancement communication.
  • Serve as an exemplary University advocate in the community, with local leaders, religious organizations, business and corporate partnerships, and other leaders, and build relationships that closely link the community with the University.
  • Be active and involved in the advancement profession and keep WAU visible among higher education peer institutions.
  • Embody values of caring, compassion, justice, integrity, competence, and affirmation.
  • Treat members of the campus community with fairness, dignity, and respect - seeking a spirit of community and harmony to achieve a common mission.
  • All other duties as assigned by the President.
Travel is required:
The Vice President must be willing to travel extensively in his or her work with donors and as a representative of the University.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • The successful candidate will display a record of leadership and accomplishment in advancement with a proven track record of fundraising success, especially with campaign planning/execution and in major gift solicitations.
  • Strong organizational, supervisory, and leadership capabilities are required.
  • The successful candidate will document successful solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts and present a history of building advancement program and fund-raising performance.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to affect favorably sophisticated volunteers and donors.

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree is required and master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience as a senior level advancement professional in Christian higher education is preferred. The ability to work effectively with many diverse constituencies in a university environment should be evident.
  • Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, competitive nature, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, a sense of humor, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking and planning skills, and a vocational call to Christian higher education.
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth is also required.

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. If a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.

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