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Chief Advancement Officer, Oakland, CA

Samuel Merritt University


Oakland, CA

March 2, 2019

Job Summary:

Reporting to the President, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) provides strategic leadership, direction and implementation for all aspects of SMU’s philanthropic and fundraising efforts and serves as a key member of the President's Council.

Job Duties and Accountabilities: (all items listed below are considered “essential job functions” for ADA purposes).

20% - Working with the President and the campus community, designs and implements a comprehensive plan to increase philanthropic support for SMU, including capital campaigns, outright and deferred giving from individuals, corporations and foundations.
40% - Works with the President, Regents, and the Board’s Fund Development Committee to identify, cultivate, solicit and recognize philanthropic and community support for SMU and plans and implements a comprehensive capital campaign for a new campus, new facilities, equipment and endowments for SMU.
5% - Manages the University Advancement Office; hires, mentors and supervises professional and administrative staff to carry out fundraising, communications and marketing plans.
10% - Develops and implements plans to manage and update alumni database, expand and diversify alumni and other constituency relationships, and mentor and collaborate with deans and chairs in effective fundraising with their alumni and other connections to increase their giving.
5% - Creates and manages a stewardship plan to keep donors informed, engaged and connected to SMU.
5% - Provides analyses, reports and recommendations on matters pertaining to philanthropy and constituency relationships to the President, the Board of Regents and senior leadership.
5% - Evaluates and manages data systems and processes that support effective philanthropy.
5% - Develops and manages external relations, public affairs and community partnerships; organizes university events, special programs, and raise university’s profile.
5% - Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to carry out research on potential donors, influence and engage a wide-range of donors, and build long-term relationships with donors and key community leaders.
  • Strong organizational skills; Flexible and adaptable management style.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight and as a member of a team; high energy and passion for SMU’s mission.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred; CFRE or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in educational and/or healthcare fundraising and constituency relations.
  • Significant fund development experience, building effective constituency-based philanthropy programs.
  • A track record of success in both annual and capital fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience and a track record of leading a team and cooperating with leadership in a collaborative and results-driven environment.
  • Significant experience increasing alumni engagement, as well as experience engaging and cultivating new donors.
  • Experience working and interacting with governing boards and other volunteer leaders.
  • Demonstrated success with hiring and team development.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to travel and work some nights and weekends.

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