Executive Director for University Advancement

Executive Director for University Advancement

Angola, Indiana



Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Executive Director for University Advancement will help guide strategic efforts for fundraising programs and outreach, including annual giving, prospect research, donor relations and stewardship, gift planning, and major gifts. This position will be responsible for the supervision of the University Advancement Office Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Communicates regularly with advancement team to strategize about status of stewardship, prospecting, proposals and appeals; evaluates areas needing focus and growth.
  • Delegates and oversees creation of donor-related materials including print and electronic appeals, stewardship communication, and endowment reporting
  • Collaborates with leadership to coordinate baseline annual fundraising targets with organizational strategic objectives and budget.
  • Provides leadership and focus to the Office of University Advancement and guides the many programs administered by the office through the development and implementation of strategies to meet long- and short-range goals and objectives in the area of development
  • Identifies a stable pool of gift prospects for future giving from prospective donors, as well as current donors.
  • Analyze and synthesize accumulated information to assess financial capacity, philanthropic tendencies, giving propensity and linkages to campus
  • Implement strategies to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Extract and communicate key information which directs cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Oversee all stewardship operations, including but not limited to Acknowledgment Letters, Endowment Reporting, Scholarship Stewardship, Faculty/Staff Stewardship, Recognition Societies, Naming Opportunities, Stewardship Events, Leadership Volunteer Stewardship and Engagement, and Individual Donor Reporting and Plans
  • Oversee the preparation of invitation lists, sponsorship invitees (on behalf of the VP), mailing lists and data reports for use in all stewardship activities
  • Provide the highest level of responsiveness and customer service to internal and external constituencies
  • Review, edit, and approve new endowment and annual gift agreements
  • Supervision of the University Advancements Office Manager
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with three to five years’ experience in a fundraising setting.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills are required. The successful candidate must possess the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced and complex environment. Typical office hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday with some evening and weekend work as needed. 

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Financial Insurance – employer paid Long Term Disability and voluntary Short-Term Disability, Accident, Hospital Indemnity, and Critical Illness options are available
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.