ASSISTANT CHANCELLOR FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS AND ADVANCEMENT
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Position Location: Southeastern, WI
Reporting Relationship: University Chancellor
The Assistant Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as the institutional officer providing leadership, development and management of a comprehensive university relations and advancement program.
The University Relations and Advancement areas are responsible for leading dynamic philanthropic, marketing and communications programs to assist the University in carrying out its educational mission and achieve a distinctive position in public higher education. Advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside integrates development/fundraising, alumni relations, and the UW-Parkside Foundation. Development includes major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate, legislative, and foundation relations as well as donor cultivation and stewardship. Marketing and university communication is organized for strategic communication, and includes internal and external communication, public relations, legislative relations, media relations, publications and utilizes current and emerging technologies.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, diversity and inclusiveness, and community engagement. UW-Parkside grants bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 30 academic programs and currently enrolls 5,200 students, many of whom are first-generation and nontraditional. UW-Parkside is the most ethnically diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System with more than 22% students of color and 19% faculty and instructional staff of color. UW-Parkside benefits from the cultural diversity of the communities it serves in southeast Wisconsin. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university’s 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.
- Provides leadership for marketing and University communication in the areas of strategic communication, public relations, media relations, publications, institutional fundraising-related marketing, academic programs, and University image and service to the region.
- Develop annual development targets and develop a strategic plan for fund development initiatives, in collaboration with the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation.
- Serves as an adviser to the Chancellor on University, state and federal rules and regulations regarding the University.
- Prepares comprehensive reports and conducts special research projects and assists the Chancellor in the writing and editing of reports, articles and publications.
- Builds relationships with personal and professional contacts to cultivate relationships with community leaders, business leaders, alumni, parents, and donors.
- Serves as a representative for the University (and the Chancellor as needed) interacting with donors, alumni, constituents, general public, government officials at internal and external functions both in and out-of-state as required to meet University goals.
- Serves as primary liaison with legislatures and local elected officials.
- Set goals and prepares regular reports on donations, visits, contacts, projects, and major gifts for the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation.
- Leads and manages daily operations with a team of direct and indirect reports overseeing the University Relations and Advancement staff and responsibilities.
- Coordinates development efforts with the academic deans.
- Oversees implementation of effective and efficient systems to lead development efforts and to ensure benefactors are acknowledged immediately to promote future charitable giving to promote the growth of relationships with existing donors and new donors.
- Effectively manages and facilitates scheduling for the Chancellor’s involvement in advancement and external relations initiatives.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of philanthropy, higher education and fundraising programs and related strategies with the proven ability to collaborate and organize fundraising activities effectively, prioritizing prospects and participating in high level strategy and gift discussions.
- Considerable knowledge and understanding of university organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures.
- Considerable knowledge of and experience in project management, process improvement, budget preparation, and fiscal planning and ability to make informed data driven decisions.
- Strong supervisory, management and mentoring skills with experience in building and developing teams of motivated staff.
- Ability to manage in a style that is imaginative, decisive, and proactive while remaining collegial, consultative, and open.
- Ability to display leadership in higher education by taking on progressive responsibility.
- Ability to think strategically, establish short term and long term goals, and have a proven track record for effective follow up.
- Ability to write speeches, prepare presentations, and communication from the Chancellor and to effectively present information to senior management, public groups, donors, UW System, and the Foundation Board.
- Ability and affinity for working with leadership across institutional divisions to achieve mission-driven institutional objectives.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to persuasively articulate the vision, mission and goals of UW-Parkside; to interact effectively with diverse constituents;
to represent the university with integrity and to offer creativity.
Education, Experience, Training and/or Certifications
- At least ten years of progressively responsible managerial/leadership experience in a complex organization
- Demonstrated success leading Advancement, Development and/or Fundraising initiatives
- Demonstrated experience strategically managing external communications, public relations, legislative relations, media relations, web design and/or related activities
- Experience in at least one of the following program areas: capital/individual giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and/or planned giving
- Master’s degree
- Demonstrated experience developing marketing and communication programs or initiatives
- Demonstrated experience in crafting high profile communications such as speeches, Board communication, communication to government officials or related experience
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and skill to foster personal and effective relationships with diverse groups at the University and the public
Application Deadline: Applications submitted by end of day January 15th, 2012 will have full consideration; position is open until filled.
To Apply Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:
- Cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position
- Resume or c.v.
- List of 3 or more professional references with contact information
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail submissions attention: Kimberley Brudny, Search Committee - Assistant Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141.
UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer