Vice President for Advancement
Still University of Health Sciences seeks an experienced and dynamic individual
to fill the position of Assistant Vice President for Advancement. The AVP will
activate and manage the fundraising activities for the Arizona School of Health
Sciences and Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health located in Mesa,
Arizona. S/he will be responsible for all fundraising and related development
programs in support of the Mesa campus, including planning, directing, and
implementing annual, capital, endowment, special events, and deferred giving
fundraising efforts moving toward a University-wide comprehensive campaign.
Other development fundraising functions will include individual giving, private
foundation grants, corporate support, and special events.
The Assistant Vice
President for Advancement will provide direction and leadership to the Mesa
campus advancement team, while creating a highly integrated and diverse
fundraising operation. S/he will organize and manage the operation based on
that vision. Key to this effort will be well-developed and thoughtfully
articulated long and short-range strategic operating plans for institutional
advancement relating to the Mesa campus. The AVP will build and nurture a
creative, energetic and focused advancement team, while creating appropriate
staff and/or consultant posts as necessary.
A. T. Still
University of Health Sciences is in a fast track of expansion of medically
related graduate education in Mesa and early stages of expansion in to new
markets including southern California.†
Plans are underway to bring osteopathic medicine graduate education to
Mesa. The AVP will play a leadership role for institutional advancement in this
expansion in the Southwest. Institutional advancement leaders will be proactive
to these changes rather than reactive.†
AVP will work closely with James J. McGovern, PhD, President of ATSU and Mesa
Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM and the Mesa College Deans. S/he will
report to Robert L.† Basham, CFRE, Vice
President of Institutional Advancement, and will oversee three individuals on
the institutional advancement staff in Mesa.
Assistant Vice President for Advancement will:
- Serve as the principal
fundraising and operations strategist for the Mesa Campus.
manage and implement programs for the identification, cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship of existing as well as prospective individual
- Build a
marketable case for support of the schools that will interest foundations,
corporations, individuals and government entities.
personally in the cultivation and solicitation of major and deferred gifts
- Create, manage and
implement annual and long-range fundraising plans with new ideas for
solicitation strategies, programs and events to meet targets of ATSU.
- Develop significant
fundraising opportunities and contacts throughout the Phoenix area and the
Southwestern U.S., including individuals, corporations, foundations and
the database to improve tracking of and communication with alumni. Utilize
relationships to develop other funding from alumni.
and oversee annual special events designed to strengthen long-term ties
with major donors.
and supervise fundraising staff and consultants with approval of ATSU
leadership. Divide and assign work effectively, delegating appropriate levels
of freedom and authority.
- Represent the
University at community and ATSU-sponsored events and support constituent
programming as needed.
- Develop an
understanding of the work of all University programs and maintain a close
working relationship with other ATSU leaders, in order to better promote
the work of the institution.
- Advise, prepare and
support the President, Provost, and Vice President for Advancement, in
fundraising as appropriate to maximize the effectiveness of ATSUís
institutional advancement leadership role in the expansion of the Mesa campus
and planning of medically related education in southern California and the
utilize a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the
- Assure adequate control and accounting of all
funds, including developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
manage a network of relationships with other charitable organizations that may
be in the position to directly support or assist the fundraising efforts of the
University. Develop a plan to identify and cultivate potential new
relationships with such foundations and organizations.
fundraising progress in relation to goals, schedules and budgets.
- Execute other projects as assigned by the President
or Vice President of Advancement.
The AVP will be an
accomplished and visionary leader who has an understanding of and passion for
the mission of ATSU and its future. This person must possess a thorough
understanding of the role of institutional advancement in supporting the
educational mission of ATSU. In addition, the ideal candidate should
demonstrate the following:
- A minimum of ten years of progressive experience
in nonprofit administration, with a well-documented and successful history
of fundraising as a major part of the responsibility;
success in philanthropic foundation and corporate contributions;
- Experience with prospect strategy development and
solicitation of individual major gifts;
- An understanding of alumni affairs and its
relationship to university fundraising success;
- Ability and personality to interact comfortably
with philanthropists, corporate/foundation leaders and government
- Successful experience in mentoring and leading
development staff, college volunteer leaders and other volunteers to
ensure an integrated, organized effort;
- Ability and motivation to become a passionate,
highly knowledgeable and articulate spokesperson for the University with
prospective donors, foundations and the community;
- Extreme personal and
professional integrity, with an ability to inspire confidence and
cooperation; a motivator and leader;
- An organized, focused
and goal-oriented personality; a high level of initiative, energy and
ability to work independently;
- A dedicated belief in
personal wellness.† Mesa is a smoke
- Exceptional communication skills Ė both verbal
and written; and
- A baccalaureate degree.† CFRE certification highly desirable.
will be commensurate with experience and record of successful achievement.
Inquiries, applications and
nominations should be directed to the search consultant for this effort:
Lynda M. McKay
Director, Executive Search