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Executive Director of Advancement Operations & Strategic Initiatives

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Operations & Special Projects
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The Executive Director of Advancement Operations & Strategic Initiatives will support the operational and project-based needs of the Vice Chancellor and the Advancement division. The position will manage the day to day operations of the division, providing leadership support for key functions such as project & campaign management, human resources and budgeting. This person will lead our foundation relations efforts and special Advancement projects to help the university reach its campaign goals.


  1. Manage and execute special Advancement and campaign-related projects, including leading the Advancement role in foundation relations and the River Hawk Venture Fund board. Will also take the lead in organizing annual and long-range departmental plans, including the strategic planning oversight of the campaign transition and future campaign plans.

  2. Working closely with the Vice Chancellor, this person will oversee daily operations of the division, specifically focusing on office management issues, human resources functions, facility management and budgeting for each department and the division.

  3. Oversee foundation relations to insure that proper collaboration and communication is being exercised in the engagement of on-campus partners in the grant process.

  4. Insure that the Vice Chancellor is well briefed and prepared for scheduled meetings, and all appropriate materials are available. Work with Advancement’s Senior Leadership Team to assist in the coordination of major projects and initiatives.

  5. Partner with division managers to determine and address operational needs and provide support for senior managers to allow for their focus to remain on organizational priorities.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7-10 years of related management, fundraising and/or foundation experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and use of computer software including office applications, data base management, spreadsheets, email/Outlook, Microsoft Word/Excel
  • Ability to think and work strategically across reporting lines to manage projects on behalf of the Vice Chancellor
  • Ability to articulate the mission and the vision of the University to a diverse group of constituents

Additional Considerations:

  • Must be available to work flexible schedules, including some nights and weekends, on and off campus if needed
  • Flexibility to work environment. No set routine
  • Manages the operations coordinator and one administrative assistant

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior work in a University setting preferred
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Proven ability to determine and accomplish short and long term goals
  • Ability to handle confidential materials and information
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting departmental policies and procedures
  • Ability to respond to difficult situations diplomatically

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

This is a Non-Unit, Professional position, Grade P23.

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.


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