Chief Advancement Officer, Muskegon Community College

Job Title

Chief Advancement Officer


Muskegon Community College

About the Position

General Description:

The College seeks a Chief Advancement Officer who is comfortable being both strategic and hands-on. Successful leadership at MCC requires a commitment to the College’s mission and vision, participation in the academic, athletic, and artistic life of the campus, and interaction with the community. Understanding of, and respect for, the concept and process of shared governance, integrity in actions, and clear, consistent communication with all constituencies also are critical to success. This person will have a passion for higher education and student success, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Through the Foundation for Muskegon Community College, this leader’s passion for higher education and student support will be demonstrated through their motivating community service-oriented philosophy. They will be an agile, team-oriented professional with a track record of inspiring leadership and a strong commitment to collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusion. This individual will lead, guide and direct all matters pertaining to and the overall success of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College. As the face of the Foundation, the officer sets the strategic vision and priorities for the organization.  Directs and administers all aspects of the Foundation including day to day.  This includes but is not limited to major gifts, annual giving, capital campaigns, and alumni and donor relations. This position reports to the President, is part of the President’s Cabinet and guides the Foundation Board.

Classification:  APS

Department:  Foundation

Schedule:  FT

Salary: Admin II

Reports to: President

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Job Duties

Essential Function:

  1. Develops and implements the annual Fund Development Plan with defined goals and objectives for annual fund contributions, restricted gifts, and major/planned gifts.
  2. Provides daily oversight and administration of fundraising including major, principal, and planned gifts, endowments, prospect research, foundation, corporate and donor relations as well as specific campaign efforts. Manages the Annual Fund effort to meet the annual fund-raising targets established in the Development Plan.
  3. Stewards major gifts, planned giving, and endowment initiatives:
    1.  Identifies and builds relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of MCC and its programs.
    2. Solicits individual and corporate gifts from existing and potential major donors.   
  4. Works closely with the President, Board of Trustees, Foundation for Muskegon Community College, and Executive Leadership to identify, cultivate, and solicit current and potential donors at any gift level.
  5. Works with external vendors and internal staff to create and coordinate Annual Fund Appeal, Alumni Appeal, Annual Report publication, and other related projects to meet the fund-raising objectives of the department.
  6. Works in identifying, researching and cultivating prospects for increased annual fund and major gift project giving.
  7. Provide consultation and technical assistance to faculty, staff, students, and partners in the development of sponsored project proposals to advance the mission of the College.
  8. Oversees and manages budgets of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College and sponsored programs. 
  9. Evaluates the effectiveness of all development programs and securing gifts at various levels
  10. Oversees multi-faceted programs for alumni, students, and friends that increase good will and positive relationships with the school.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred with advancement, fundraising or finance experience.
  2. The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience, preferably working in higher education or a non-profit advancement department with a track record of effective leadership, relationship building, growth of gifts and funds with increasing responsibilities.
  3. Prefer Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE), and/or Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credentials.
  4. Demonstrated use of tact, judgement and discretion, and to relate to people of all ages, races, and social-economic backgrounds.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring, developing and managing collaborative teams.
  6. Gifted in public speaking and representing the organization professionally and graciously in the community and on campus.
  7. Skill in implementing strategic plans, goals, and procedures for cost effective management of allocated resources.
  8. Ability to communicate, build relationships and work with a diverse group of employees, alumni and potential donors.
  9. Demonstrated strengths in technology; Strong Microsoft Office skills, including Excel, and use of social media, managing data such as in Raiser’s Edge. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  10. A valid driver’s license with an approved driving record is required.
  11. Ability to be away from principal work site during the day and other travel as required.
  12. Ability to work extended hours during the work week and weekends.

Physical, Mental, and Environment Requirements Include:

Mental Demands:

☒Detailed Work                                            ☒ Student Contact

☒ Deadline oriented                                       ☒ Problem Situations

☒ Multiple Priorities & Demands                  ☒ Emergency Situations

☒ Confidentiality                                           ☐ On-call Availability

☒ Continual Interruptions                              ☒ Working Alone

☒ Faculty Contact                                          ☒ Working with Others               

Physical Demands:

☒  Standing & Walking                                  ☒ Sitting

☐  Reclining                                                   ☐ Carrying                 

☐ Lifting up to 10 lbs.   ☒ Up to 25 lbs.        ☐ Up to 50 lbs.           ☐ 80 + lbs.

☒   Pushing, Pulling, Twisting, Bending        ☐ Climb or Balance

☐   Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl               ☐ Squatting   

☒   Handle or Feel                                          ☐ Reach with Hands and Arms

☒   Talking or hearing                                     ☐ Tasting/Smelling

☐   Working Overhead                                    ☒ Speak in English via Phone or In Person

☒   Close, Distance, Peripheral, and Color Vision along with Depth Perceptions

☒   Ability to Adjust and Focus

Work Environment:

☐ Exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat/cold; and moderate to loud noise levels.

☒ Normal Office environment with little, if, any, discomfort due to heat, dust, noise and the like. Ability to travel to all campus locations required.

How to Apply

To apply, please contact Kim Salinas, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at Muskegon Community College, at

The job posting closes May 31, 2021.

About the Organization

Muskegon Community College continues to promote staff diversity, and is an equal opportunity employer. MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, political persuasion, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or any other protected class in any of its educational programs, activities or employment. Minorities, women, veterans, and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.  Anyone with a disability will be reasonably accommodated by the College.  If you have a disability and need an accommodation or assistance in applying for this position, please contact the Human Resources Office.

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