Executive Director of Advancement

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  • Job Number:525747
  • Classification:Development 6
  • Grade:Grade 83
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
  • School/Business unit:UAS Chancellor's Office
  • Location:Juneau
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Development/Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast (“UAS”) invites applications for the position of Executive Director of Advancement. The position reports to the Chancellor of the University. The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Executive Director of Advancement serves as the university’s chief fundraising and advancement officer. The established office of the of the Executive Director of Advancement is located on the Juneau campus but the position is responsible for overseeing the development and advancement needs of all three (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka) campuses. The Executive Director of Advancement will collaborate with the members of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet to help lead UAS at a time of stabilizing resources and to continue this growth, they must have the ability to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to support the important role that the university plays in the region.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
1. Knowledge of standard accepted fund-raising practices as demonstrated/supported by successful fund-raising experience including major gift, annual fund, special event, and capital campaign experience.

2. Knowledge and experience with specialized donor tracking computer software with report-generating capabilities that supports analysis of overall program effectiveness.

3. Specific knowledge and training in funding sources (e.g. corporation giving, private foundation funding, state and federal funding, etc.), grant research and proposal writing.

4. Knowledge and experience with Alumni relations and management of membership campaigns/ annual solicitations.

5. Public Relations/ Marketing knowledge and experience.

6. Experience with non-profit/volunteer/constituency groups and knowledge of board protocol and decorum. Demonstrated knowledge of acceptable volunteer management practices.

7. Training and specialized knowledge in tax laws governing charitable donations and planned giving programs.

18. Advanced knowledge, training, and experience with standard office computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, etc.).
Preferred Experience & Education:
High level of written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills is essential.
Strong analytical and program management skills is necessary.
High regard for ethics, matters of confidentiality and ability to handle difficult situations with tact, respect, and diplomacy.
Experience developing and managing budgets, and a high degree of fiscal responsibility.
Flexibility and adaptability is a must.
Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
Strong understanding of university advancement functional areas (development, alumni, and university relations.
Ability to mentor young professionals, set long-range plans, and implement to achieve goals.
Experience with non-profit boards, alumni relations, and Raisers Edge fund-raising software preferred.

Required Experience & Education:

Professional CFRE certification (i.e. Association of Fund-Raising Professionals Certified Fund-Raising Executive) or Master's Degree in related field.

A minimum of four years professional level or higher experience in a higher education, corporate, foundation, or non-profit setting or a college degree.

Professional management and supervisory experience including the ability to hire, train, motivate, and evaluate staff.

Excellent communication skills, oral and written, and professional demeanor.

A valid Alaska Driver's License is also required.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 83, based on education and experience. Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Must have own reliable transportation and valid Alaska Driver's License. Both in-state and out-of-state travel is required.

Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours for special events (specifically early mornings, nights, and weekends) as required.

The review process for applications will begin on Monday, October 2nd. 


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Louisa Cryan, UAS SR Business Partner, at lrcryan@alaska.edu or 907-796-6263.

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