Palm Beach Atlantic University (EOE), a comprehensive Christian University with an emphasis in the liberal arts, is situated in West Palm Beach, Florida, adjacent to Palm Beach island. The Executive Vice President for Advancement and the University leadership seeks a Senior Director of Development Operations to support the advancement operations’ growth. The Sr. Director will ensure that the department is operating efficiently and effectively to meet its mission of engaging relationships and partnerships to further fuel the University’s strategic vision. The individual in this role will interface, work regularly with and support the Executive Vice President for Advancement and the entire Institutional Advancement team. This individual will work closely with other team members in the Institutional Advancement office and campus-wide to carry out different aspects of the University’s mission, and to connect different functions within the Advancement operation for fundraising success. The Executive Vice President for Advancement seeks a candidate who is highly motivated, experienced, organized, and demonstrates the confidence and skills needed to successfully work independently and on a team to carry out the below duties. Metrics and goals are set and worked towards regularly in the Advancement operation.
Qualifications and Responsibilities: The strong candidate will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospective donors and have experience in cultivating and stewarding relationships to increase revenue and advance donor relations. The Senior Director oversees the University Annual Giving program and assists and has oversight in the continued development of giving societies. Candidates will have experience in Advancement Services operations which will include prospect research, prospect/data entry and management, and creation of reports in line with office goals.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and teamwork skills are necessary as duties will include collaboration with colleagues on alumni engagement, parent engagement, and community partners to ensure proper cultivation of constituencies. A comfort level with in-person and virtual engagement is required. Knowledge of best practices related to advancement, including work alongside a Board of Trustees.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree or Ph.D. is preferred.
Five+ years of experience in the education or nonprofit sector; experience related to advancement at a higher educational institution is preferred. Management experience with oversight of programs and team members is required. The strong candidate will have documented experience interfacing with multiple constituencies and aptitude for development (fundraising) relationship-building & in-person/written solicitations.
About Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive Christian university focused on enlightening minds, enriching souls, and extending hands. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals. The University is located in the tropical beauty of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the campus is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and across the waterway from Palm Beach, Florida. It is located within a vibrant business community and a diverse population.