Vice President for Development

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7070507 (Ref.No. BSU22615)
Posted: October 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The role of Vice President for Development offers the successful candidate vast partnership opportunities at a critical time in the history of the Ball State University Foundation. As a key player in the planning and implementation of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Ball State University history, the Vice President for Development will report to the BSU Foundation President & Vice President for University Advancement, and will be responsible for driving all major gift activity for the Foundation.

The person in this role will also work closely with BSU President, Geoffrey Mearns, a gifted and visionary leader who has innate talent as a fundraiser and devotes substantial time and energy to development work and with the Chief Advancement Officer to help coordinate all principal giving efforts, playing an integral role in the comprehensive campaign, currently in the early planning stages.

The Vice President for Development will lead an existing major gifts team that is comprised of seasoned veterans as well as eager newcomers who are hungry to learn and succeed. The successful candidate will work with campus partners including deans, the Provost, and Athletic Director–all of whom are energized to be actively engaged and involved and look forward to partnering with the foundation to shape their campaign priorities and approach to fundraising.

Ball State University's alumni/friend constituency is highly supportive of institutional priorities, and eagerly awaits a comprehensive campaign, and the foundation's Board of Directors is fully committed to Ball State’s success and its untapped giving and volunteer capacity.
The Ball State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to execute strategic direction for Ball State’s fundraising campaign.

The Vice President for Development reports to the Ball State University Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement and is responsible for driving all major gift activity for the Foundation. The person in this role works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to help coordinate all principal giving efforts.

Currently, the Foundation employs 65 full-time employees but is increasing the number of staff partners as the University focuses on a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a target goal of $300 million. The Vice President for Development’s role is key in implementing the most ambitious campaign in Ball State history.

For information on how to apply or to submit nominations, please refer to the Special Instructions section of this posting regarding “Procedure for Candidacy”.

Job Function:

The role of Vice President for Development offers the successful candidate vast partnership opportunities at a critical time in the history of the Ball State University Foundation. As a key player in the planning and implementation of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Ball State University history, the Vice President for Development will report to the BSU Foundation President & Vice President for University Advancement, and will be responsible for driving all major gift activity for the Foundation.

The person in this role will also work closely with BSU President, Geoffrey Mearns, a gifted and visionary leader who has innate talent as a fundraiser and devotes substantial time and energy to development work and with the Chief Advancement Officer to help coordinate all principal giving efforts, playing an integral role in the comprehensive campaign, currently in the early planning stages.

The Vice President for Development will lead an existing major gifts team that is comprised of seasoned veterans as well as eager newcomers who are hungry to learn and succeed. The successful candidate will work with campus partners including deans, the Provost, and Athletic Director–all of whom are energized to be actively engaged and involved and look forward to partnering with the foundation to shape their campaign priorities and approach to fundraising.

Ball State University's alumni/friend constituency is highly supportive of institutional priorities, and eagerly awaits a comprehensive campaign, and the foundation's Board of Directors is fully committed to Ball State’s success and its untapped giving and volunteer capacity.

Minimum Education:

An advanced degree plus seven years of fundraising experience working in a complex organization or university setting OR a bachelor's degree plus ten years of fundraising experience working in a complex organization or university setting.

Minimum Experience:

• Demonstrated success managing a fundraising department within a comprehensive campaign.
• Experience in leading, managing, and supervising advancement professionals who are successful fundraisers.
• Experience in initiating high-level gift and grant discussions with corporate, foundation and individual donor prospects.
• Experience in recruiting, motivating, and supporting volunteers to build and expand the development network.
• A progressive track record of successes as an effective leader with expertise in personnel management, strategic planning, and program accountability.

Preferred Experience:

Experience working on a campaign that exceeded $100 million.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing onboarding, leadership, coaching, and effective supervision of the staff members in all areas of major giving including; school/program-based giving, gift planning, corporate and Foundation relations, athletics fundraising and prospect research and development.
  • Identifying campaign priorities and set fundraising goals for each of the constituent areas and central fundraising units.
  • Instilling fundraising best practices among staff, and helping to communicate these best practices to the deans, department chairs, and other academic leaders.
  • Working with the assigned staff members to develop business plans and annual goals, track monthly and quarterly progress, and conduct annual performance evaluations.
  • Leading staff in an aggressive program of donor identification and qualification, in order to build a substantial pool of prospective donors.
  • Working with staff to help coach deans and other academic leaders in the art of developing and articulating a compelling vision for their areas of responsibility.
  • Building strong relationships among the academic and administrative leadership, the faculty, and external constituents, including donors, alumni and community leaders, with the goal of increasing the visibility of Ball State University for potential donors.
  • Providing insight to help set the Foundation’s annual fundraising goal, and achieve a significant increase in major gift fundraising productivity for the institution.
  • Meeting Foundation-wide performance metrics and monthly/annual goals as agreed upon with the BSU Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Encouraging and coordinating professional development opportunities for assigned staff.
  • Serving as an active member of the Vice President's Executive Team.
  • Working in collaboration with the BSU Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement to manage, motivate, and steward Foundation board members to aid in meeting fundraising and campaign goals.
  • Maintaining a positive and appropriate relationship with volunteer partners such as the BSU Foundation Board of Directors, University Trustees, and Alumni Council members.
  • Maintaining a positive and collaborative relationship with the Ball State University Athletics, and all other BSU constituents.
  • Ensuring all data is made available to meet the data reporting needs of the BSU Foundation and the BSU Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Implementation and management of important aspects of campaign operations.
  • Over time, the incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain a small portfolio of high-value donor prospects.
  • Collaborating with leaders of other Foundation areas to achieve teamwork-oriented atmosphere.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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