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Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Posted: 09/18/2022

Department:  External Affairs         
Campus:  Johnson County Campus, Cleburne, TX
Reports To:   Vice President of External Affairs          
Benefits:  Eligible
Job Summary:  Provides strategic vision and operational leadership for the development and implementation of comprehensive strategic fundraising activities for Hill College.  As the chief fundraiser for the college, focus on prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, alumni relations, foundation and corporate relations, and planned giving.
Minimum Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Preferred: Master’s degree
  • Preferred: Certifications in fundraising/development (e.g. CFRE, ACFRE and/or CSPG)     
Minimum Required Experience:
  • Three to five years in a comprehensive development office setting including major, annual, and planned gifts, alumni relations and overall grants administration or equivalent
  • Preferred: Work experience in higher education in institutional advancement and/or workforce development
Required Abilities:
  • Ability to be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multi-task with minimal supervision.  Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • Ability to lead and manage change.  Ability to make or influence decisions.
  • Ability to develop and execute plans and programs. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information.
  • Ability to operate a personal compatible computer and other standard office equipment.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and web browsers.
  • Ability to articulate and support the values and Code of Conduct of Hill College.  Ability to interpret and abide by the policies and procedures of Hill College.
  • Ability to think critically and apply appropriate problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Required Skills:
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative to engage in continuous learning of new concepts, skills, and experiences.
  • Demonstrated organization skills. 
  • Demonstrated time-management skills. 
  • Demonstrated supervisory, management, and leadership skills.
Required Knowledge:
  • Working knowledge of fundraising principles, methods and standards.
  • Working expert level knowledge in solicitation strategies
  • Working knowledge of data retrieval.
  • Working knowledge of financial data and budgets.
  • Working knowledge of fundraising processes and procedures including systems and software programs.
  • Working knowledge of funding sources for higher education.
  • Working knowledge of strategic and tactical planning and implementation. 
  • Working knowledge of the Hill College vision and mission.        
Essential Job Functions:
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates strategic fundraising programs for Hill College including, but not limited to, individual giving, annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, internal campaign, external relations, and related support functions.
  • Maintains an engaged visible presence at the Burleson Center and serves as a liaison between that site and the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Identifies, researches, and implements strategies to cultivate external funding prospects including individual, foundation, corporate and government funding sources for all academic and student support areas. Works with academic officers to determine goals, objectives, scope, feasibility, and funding needs for Hill College programs.
  • Works directly with Vice President of External Affairs to educate the public as to the college’s mission, vision, goals and opportunities to support the college.
  • Develops and maintains contacts within the public and private sectors to broaden the community’s awareness of the college district in order to increase private contributions to the college.  Represents Hill College through community involvement and service.
  • Serves as the lead college contact for all Foundation boards. Works with the Board of Regents, Foundation boards, and other volunteer leadership on fundraising initiatives.
  • Develops and implements an annual calendar of strategic donor communication to convey stewardship and impact of gifts made to Hill College.
  • Under direction from the Vice President, leads all capital campaigns and initiatives.
  • Supports the planning and execution of the annual Boots and Suits and other institutional development events.
  • Plays a role in collecting and maintaining records of giving by donors. Designs and oversees the implementation of appropriate donor recognition.
Other Information:
  • Some evening and weekend work required.
  • Some travel required.
  • Serves on College committees, as directed.                  
  • Security sensitive position.
Physical Requirements:
  • Light work; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. The use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of force greater than that for Sedentary Work.