Missouri Western State University seeks a dynamic professional with a successful track record to serve as the Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director of the MWSU Foundation (VP). Missouri Western is a comprehensive, state-supported institution serving more than 5,000 students on a beautiful 744-acre campus about 35 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport. It is an active partner in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves. A distinct focus on applied learning and applied research is a hallmark of the innovative teaching and learning environment.
The VP is responsible for all advancement programs, including major gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving, alumni relations, special events, and public relations and marketing. The successful candidate will lead and develop an effective advancement team, setting goals, and inspiring them to meet and exceed expectations. The VP will also serve as the primary liaison of the University with the Missouri Western State University Foundation and the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association.
As the University’s chief development officer, the VP will report to the President and serve as a member of the Cabinet. The successful candidate will constantly work with senior leadership, foundation leadership, academic leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni association and friends to serve Missouri Western’s mission and priorities. The VP will need to develop effective relationships with private businesses, public agencies, and community leaders. The VP is expected to have an unwavering commitment to assisting students while providing the vision and leadership necessary to identify and cultivate relationships that help achieve financial stability and advance student success. The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree is a minimum qualification (advanced degree preferred)
Creativity, strategic mindset, and outgoing
Integrity in all professional and personal relationships
Successful senior-level fundraising experience (or equivalent), including capital campaign experience and a comprehensive development programs -- preferably in a university setting
Executive leadership ability in planning and implementing a comprehensive, integrated institutional advancement program (or equivalent)
Successful public relations, marketing and/or alumni relations background
Commitment to working collegially as part of a team
Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and supervisory skills
Application Procedure: Interested applicants should send a cover letter addressing position qualifications, resume, and contact information (name, title, address, telephone numbers & email address) for at least 5 references to: email@example.com. For priority consideration, applications should be received by July 12, 2019. Applications will continue to be considered until position is filled however. Nominations may be sent to the same address. Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the U.S., as well as a thorough background check. An appointment is not final until documents are provided. The position will begin as soon as the successful candidate is available. For more information about Missouri Western State University, please visit online at www.missouriwestern.edu. EOE
As a student-centered learning community, Missouri Western is dedicated to inclusion and the promotion of diversity as essential to our mission as a public university. This commitment contributes to transforming lives and demonstrates our values of freedom, respect, and courage. The university encourages applications from individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas, and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.
About Missouri Western State University
Missouri Western State University is a public, state-supported institution providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and sciences and career-oriented associate and baccalaureate degree programs. Certificate programs, professional programs, programs for transfer students, continuing education opportunities, and self-enrichment courses are also offered. Western continues to honor its tradition of open access, serving both traditional and non-traditional students. Western approaches its fourth decade with an enrollment of more than 6,000 students and over 200 faculty members. A beautifully landscaped campus complements contemporary institutional and recreational facilities. The campus consists of 14 major buildings and a student-housing complex located on 744 acres.
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