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Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.
UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.
For the University of Washington (UW) to be the greatest public university in the world as measured by our impact, the UW and University Advancement (UA) must weave equity and anti-racism into everything we do. Becoming a more equitable organization starts with us and focusing on groups that have been excluded and under-engaged will lead to better outcomes for our whole community. Ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are natural outcomes of our activities will require us to state our values, live by those values and work toward our vision every day. To sustain our efforts, we have defined a path forward with our values clearly articulated and shared throughout the organization. We invite you, our community, to walk with us, share feedback and engage as we do our part in the University-wide effort to create a more just and equitable world.
University Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for a Director for Advancement to join their team.
UW Advancement is seeking a dynamic fundraising professional to serve as the Director for Advancement for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D). This person is responsible for providing leadership to attract private support, enhance strategic marketing and communications with internal and external constituencies, and strengthen advocacy and engagement among alumni and community partners to advance the mission and values of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.
In addition to serving on the OMA&D administrative leadership team, this role will sit on the leadership team for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Advancement. ASA is one of the most innovative advancement units in the country. Uniquely positioned at the axis of our central student serving units, our team helps deliver on UW's public mission to recruit, retain and successfully graduate a diverse and talented student body who actively make our world a better place.

  • Direct the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and alumni by developing or facilitating relationships with those who have the capacity to make gifts of impact in support of our mission and priorities.
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects, with an emphasis on significant capacity-level gifts. Generate new leads and qualify gift prospects and planned gifts.
  • Create and execute strategies to qualify and build strong, long-term relationships between unit leaders and prospects who can invest significantly as philanthropists and/or advocates.
  • Prepare, review and edit all materials needed to secure and steward significant gifts.
  • Participate cooperatively in the University's prospect management and tracking system.
    Strategy, Engagement and Planning
    As part of the university-wide advancement planning process, work closely with Assistant Vice Provost, ASA, to establish annually with the Vice President of OMAD, goals, objectives and strategies for the units' advancement activities.
  • Lead, inform and execute an annual operations plan with strategies, goals and markers for success.
  • Manage and reconcile balanced budgets for OMAD and ASA Advancement.
  • Provide strategic leadership in designing and implementing a baseline of advancement support to sustain and increase support for students, evaluate said programs, assess progress toward goals and report on results.
  • In partnership with the OMA&D Director of Communications, provide strategic direction for integrated communication plan for internal and external constituencies to promote fundraising priorities and objectives for the unit.
  • Partner with Assistant Vice Provost, ASA and the VP of OMA&D to inform diversity focused advancement priorities in support of enterprise-wide initiatives.
    Leadership and Team Management
  • Lead and support a team of three professionals who will implement all aspects of OMAD's advancement programs, including annual gifts, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, donor recognition and stewardship.
  • Drive and inspire successful attainment of performance metrics, develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects and provide day-to-day management of operations.
  • Provide leadership and training for the OMAD advancement staff to retain and develop a high performing team.
  • Serve as a compelling spokesperson for units' funding priorities and advancement efforts.
  • Collaborate with advancement officers as their units develop and pursue student success and diversity related goals at the undergraduate level.
    Unit Engagement
    As an integral member of the OMA&D administrative leadership team, the Director is involved in the unit's strategic planning, engagement with staff to determine funding needs and priorities for the students OMA&D primarily serves, and to award annual scholarships. The Director also provides leadership for and works with a team to plan OMA&D's annual gala - Celebration.
    Other duties as assigned.
    Supervision Exercised
    Direct and evaluate the work of:
  • Assistant Director of Constituent Relations, OMAD
  • Assistant Director of Major Gifts, OMAD
  • Development and Fundraising Events Coordinator, OMAD
    Key Competencies
  • Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
  • Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
  • Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
  • Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
  • Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
  • Valuing Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Demonstrated experience working effectively with and across diverse communities, including specific experience with American Indian; underrepresented minorities; first generation; low-income; undocumented; and students previously in foster care.
    Donor focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with the UW.
    Results oriented: Act decisively to achieve results.
    Planning and implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization's mission, priorities and goals.
    Conflict resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
    Driving results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals.
    Organizational planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization's mission, priorities and goals.
    Managing conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
    People builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders.
  • Visioning: Anticipates emerging trends and issues and develops a clear sense of purpose and goals that focus and drive the creative energy of the organization in alignment with the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Organizational acumen: Analyzes a situation, balances reason and the interest of others, and acts in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success.
  • Selflessness: Demonstrates ambition first and foremost for the organization and concern for its success rather than for one's own personal gain.
  • Professional will/fearlessness: Displays an inner intensity and dedication to making everything the best that it can be. Shows resolve and determination to make the organization great.
  • Focused on organizational sustainability: Communicates uncompromising desire to make the organization even more successful in the next generation.
  • A bachelor's degree and at least six years of progressively responsible experience in development/advancement, with an emphasis on cultivating, and soliciting major gifts, preferably in a complex higher education environment with management and operational experience
    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to managing, developing, mentoring, and coaching staff and colleagues on fundraising principles.
  • Ability to effectively communicate objectives, energize and inspire staff to achieve results and meet goals while creating a culture of trust and collaboration across other units.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and achieve comprehensive team goals; ability to accurately forecast and develop short term and long-term goals.
  • Confident manner and ability to shape consensus among multiple stakeholders with potentially conflicting viewpoints. Manage to a positive and sustainable outcome.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information.
  • Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to make decisions and meet goals in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
    Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
    Advanced degree. Familiarity with a research-intensive university environment. Student development experience plus Delta training.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule for events scheduled on evenings and weekends.
  • This position is not eligible for 100% remote work, but open to hybrid schedule.
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally as necessary and includes having reliable transportation for local travel that will allow attendance to meetings in a reasonable time frame.
    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.
    Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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