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Laurel University seeks a talented professional interested in partnering with the Cabinet, the University President and Board of Trustees while leading a committed faculty and staff and a supportive community toward raising awareness and generating additional resources for the university.

LU is a humble, Christian school with a 113-year history of biblical curriculum and methodology. With our recent history of adding intercollegiate athletics, the re-engineering of the academic product, and the recruitment of some new and talented faculty and staff, the university sits poised to move ahead. The Board of Trustees has approved a short-term plan that includes fundraising activities, enrollment targets, and regional accreditation in the next 3-5 years. We are a strong team transitioning into a “modern,” Christian, Liberal Arts institution. The university leaders are looking for the final piece in their cabinet. We need a person who has the passion, energy, time, interest in higher education, as well as a desire to influence the future of college students through a network of opportunities available in the surrounding community.

The incumbent will be the second most visible face of our university in our community. It requires a networked professional that “tells our story”, engages our constituents, and cultivates and solicits the resources necessary to deliver on our promise to help students connect learning, biblical lessons, beliefs, and action. The cabinet is full of talented, high energy professionals that seek a partner for this role. Faith in the workplace and ministering to our community remain our credo.

This role includes building an Alumni base, an advisory team, working closely with our Board of Trustees, annual fund development, and corporate relationships. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the President, this senior staff officer works with a wide variety of internal and external constituents to support the university’s vision. This position requires the incumbent to build a program from “concept to fruition”. This is a “hands on” job that requires a team player, communicator, and self-starter.

The preferred candidate would be a strategic, committed, and knowledgeable leader, an established presence in our community, and fully-networked with the leadership organizations known for advancing projects in our region. The successful candidate will have experience constructing and developing a strategy for resource advancement and acquisition, the proven ability and desire to be relational with excellent contacts and strong, significant friendships already in place. He/she will have a demonstrated desire to work with a team toward a common goal doing the Lord’s work each day.

With only 15 full-time employees at the university we all tend to wear many hats. So too shall this leadership position. Professional support and training will be provided and the ability to employ a graduate/student assistant is in the budget.

Responsibilities:

  • Exercise leadership in working with the Board, faculty, students, donors, alumni, and community to build name recognition and ultimately philanthropy for the university.
  • Research funding sources, foundations, and local philanthropic entities to establish strategies that lead to solicitations with individuals, corporations or foundation donors.
  • Create and design a marketing/communication plan that informs, engages, and inspires current and prospective donors.
  • Find ways to connect donors to projects.
  • Assist the Leadership Institutes as a mentor. Teaching is a possibility, with credentials.
  • Assist the President and cabinet with university decision-making relative to external community relationships. Lead the branding efforts and community connectivity including the new name.
  • Lead the “steering” efforts of Board building and leadership identification and local networking.
  • Ensure appropriate alignment among the different components of the university (alumni, annual giving, major gifts, grants) (currently absent)
  • Serve as the primary resource for cultivation and solicitation, public relations and external relations.
  • Use the Annual Golf Event as a fundraiser each spring.
  • Recruit, mentor, and assist with students and staff support by finding internships.
  • Supervise a Graduate Assistant, and partner with staff and faculty
  • Report directly to the President while supporting university and presidential initiatives

Ideal Candidate Qualities…

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred, Minimum of 3-5 years of related experience in advancement, fundraising or community leadership roles.
  • Consultative, collaborative, and strategic approach to cultivation and solicitation.
  • Passion for Christ-centered education aligned with the mission of Laurel University.
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills and the ability to work autonomously while identifying and developing possible resource opportunities for Laurel.
  • Exceptional presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong leadership skills, maturity and professionalism with high energy and good humor.
  • Desire to be evaluated by performance standards that are measurable and tangible.
  • Capable of bringing groups of people together to accomplish specific tasks and goals.
  • Innate ability to multi-task while enjoying the freedom to accomplish goals together.
  • Holds the ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, including the ability to inspire and encourage teamwork and collaboration, strong confidence, and interpersonal skills.
  • Enjoys a modest work environment and assumes personal responsibility for assignments.
  • Enjoys student contact and working with student groups needing guidance and leadership.
  • A self-starter that arrives motivated, makes wise decisions, communicates openly, has a sense of humor, loves the Lord, is passionate and compassionate and “fits” with the President and Cabinet.
  • Preference is given to a person with an established network in High Point or the Triad area with 3-5 years of professional experience as a leader in our area and familiar with LU.
  • Preference goes to the candidate that seeks to lift Laurel University and build momentum through a series of successful promotional projects leading to a special time in its history.
  • Ability to work a “common work week” of 40 hours. There will be a few evenings or weekends throughout the year requiring attention, but this position has independence with regard to time and assignments. It is a given that this position will require time in the community away from the office. The candidate will expect minimal travel and a work schedule that is well-planned.
  • Ability to hire, train, and work with a graduate/student assistant.

Application Information:

  • Position is open immediately and will stay open until filled.
  • Salary Range: $40,000 to $70,000 base, according to experience, proven record of performance, institutional fit and Cabinet/Board of Trustee accord.
  • Title Range: Director to Vice President, according to experience, proven record of performance, institutional fit and cabinet/Board of Trustee accord. Based on Presidential recommendation.

Required for consideration:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing the role and responsibilities as well as the “fit” for the institution. No more than 2 pages in length.
  • Five references (not called until finals)
  • Resume’

Sent To:   scondon@johnwesley.edu