This position serves as a direct report to the President of the University, directs and oversees all fundraiser efforts for all departments of the university, and is responsible for the following: Donor development and cultivation of the Board of Trustee, Board of Visitors, National Alumni Board, University Advisory Boards, donors, SWU employees, alumni, business partners, significant church, and friends of the university. Hiring, training and developing a high-functioning development team; and assisting the president in creating a culture of trust and prosperity. Coordinate, strengthen and or assist with:
Total giving for fiscal year
Promise Fund (annual fund),
SWU employee giving
USFEIF (church giving)
Planned giving program
Capital project fundraising campaigns
Advancement Special Events
Civic and Government Relations
Assist the president in creating a culture of trust and prosperity
This position will be chiefly responsible for significant success and growth of the university advancement office, increasing metrics, increasing giving bases and sharing the story of Southern Wesleyan to a growing number of supporters. This position does not work in a vacuum but as a team member with the president and staff in the fundraising process.
In addition, this position will:
Serve as the recognized donor solicitation leader for the university; all other functions are subsumed and supported by this role.
Conduct professional and team culture retreats once or twice a year.
Personally carry and personally manage 30-50 prospects in VP portfolio.
Assist the AVP for Development in the creation of a Development Committee (or Development Advisory Board) consisting of community leaders, alumni and friends for the sole purpose of expanding the circle of influence and raising funds.
Articulate the vision and mission of the university with passion and integrity.
Implement a “Moves Management Process” to enhance donor commitment and involvement, maximizing the tools found in the development module of Jenzabar and/or other data management systems that may interface with the main system such as Reheer.
Travel to meet a significant number of alumni, organizational leaders, business professionals and friends each year using the “Moves Management Process” to guide the president to those donors with greater contribution potential.
Prepare and oversee the office budget as well as special fundraising campaigns and endowment initiatives, creating and following best practice accounting protocols.
Other aspects of the position include leading others in the development process:
Attend and often preside over a wide variety of meetings and progressive planning opportunities.
Participate in cabinet meetings and meet with cabinet members and their reports individually to increase their role in development planning outcomes.
Research and respond to donor giving trends, grant opportunities, and special incentives.
Visit supporting churches and districts conferences, attend community meetings and events, speak, cultivate solid relationships, and promote SWU to constituents in the church and community.
Increase the donor base for SWU by an agreed upon percentage each year by cultivating both Online and On campus students, igniting new ways to grow the alumni base and creating solid local and regional contacts and raise significant funds.
Assist the president with special projects and fundraising ideas to enhance the overall experience for prospective and current students.
Oversee the success and participation of the Board of Visitors, and increase the connections and support from that Board.
Oversee the scheduling and success of special donor events such as donor dinners, chaparrals, donor cruise tours, golf outings, alumni events, athletic fundraisers and image setting opportunities for the university.
Hire, train, supervise, and support high-level team members including:
a strong administrative assistant
a fiscal, data and alumni specialist
a director of communications and public relations
a high level creative events and scholarship director
an associate vice president for development
an executive director of alumni and constituent relations
Lead, direct and follow through with other appropriate projects and assignments as requested.
A born again Christ-follower, committed to Christian higher education.
Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred.
5-10 years in fundraising and management experience required with proven experience in developing strategies for donor retention and growth and evidence in securing 6 or 7 figure gifts.
Requires appropriate (20-30% of time) travel within the state of South Carolina and select travel outside the state.
Creative, collaborative, caring professional devoted to developing people to achieve their maximum success.
SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with integrated database management systems, including (executive level) reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
A person with high integrity and drive; SWU is owned by The Wesleyan Church so candidates must be in agreement with the principles and tenets of the Wesleyan Church, and willing to attend the Wesleyan Church.
Compensation: This is an executive level, exempt, 12-month position (Level X) with salary and benefits commensurate with experience and education.
About Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle.
University Core Values
Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation
•Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
•Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
•Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
•Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.