Chief Advancement Officer
Muskegon Community College
About the Position
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.
Starting Salary: Up to $110,000 Depending on experience.
Muskegon Community College provides excellent benefits options for our faculty and staff. Below is an overview of our full time employee benefit options.
- Choice between three health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
- Employer provided dental, vision, life insurance and long term disability insurance.
- Employer-sponsored retirement plans including state Pension or 14% Retirement Contribution to TIAA (differs by group).
- Voluntary retirement savings plan options (403b or 457 plans)
- Tuition benefits at MCC for you and your eligible dependents.
- Generous time off plans.
- Paid holidays and holiday closure period in late December.
- Onsite Fitness Center at the Main Campus & discounts to University Park Golf Course
- Develops and implements the annual Fund Development Plan with defined goals and objectives for annual fund contributions, restricted gifts, and major/planned gifts.
- 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.
- Stewards major gifts, planned giving, and endowment initiatives:
a. Identifies and builds relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of MCC and its programs
b. Solicits individual and corporate gifts from existing and potential major donors.
- 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.
- 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.
- Works in identifying, researching and cultivating prospects for increased annual fund and major gift project giving.
- 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.
- Oversees and manages budgets of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College and sponsored programs.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of all development programs and securing gifts at various levels
- Oversees multi-faceted programs for alumni, students, and friends that increase good will and positive relationships with the school.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred with advancement, fundraising or finance experience.
- 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.
- Prefer Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE), and/or Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credentials.
- Demonstrated use of tact, judgement and discretion, and to relate to people of all ages, races, and social-economic backgrounds.
- Demonstrated commitment to mentoring, developing and managing collaborative teams.
- Gifted in public speaking and representing the organization professionally and graciously in the community and on campus.
- Skill in implementing strategic plans, goals, and procedures for cost effective management of allocated resources.
- Ability to communicate, build relationships and work with a diverse group of employees, alumni and potential donors.
- 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.
- A valid driver’s license with an approved driving record is required.
- Ability to be away from principal work site during the day and other travel as required.
- Ability to work extended hours during the work week and weekends.
Physical, Mental, and Environment Requirements Include:
☒ Detailed Work
☒ Student Contact
☒ Deadline oriented
☒ Problem Situations
☒ Multiple Priorities & Demands
☒ Emergency Situations
☐ On-call Availability
☒ Continual Interruptions
☒ Working Alone
☒ Faculty Contact
☒ Working with Others
☒ Standing & Walking
☐ 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
☒ Handle or Feel
☐ Reach with Hands and Arms
☒ Talking or hearing
☐ 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
☐ 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
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled- First Review January 3, 2023.
Please apply on our website.
About the Organization
Muskegon Community College
Named the 19th Best Community College in the U.S. in 2021, Muskegon offers accredited academic programs leading to 54 associate degrees and 32 certificates. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, MCC’s nationally recognized commitment to student success unites its faculty and staff in their mission to prepare students, build communities and improve lives.
One of Michigan’s most picturesque community colleges, the Muskegon main campus building – an award-winning Alden Dow design – spans Four Mile Creek on a 15-acre sylvan setting. The campus boasts several new multimillion-dollar facilities – the Health and Wellness Center, the Science Center and the Art and Music Building – and includes University Park Golf Course and the Carr-Fles Planetarium. The Sturrus Technology Center in historic downtown Muskegon is home to state-of-the-art applied technology offerings, the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Center and the Lakeshore Fab Lab. MCC offers classes in adjacent Ottawa and Newaygo Counties.
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.