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Chief Advancement Officer

Company: Alaska Pacific University
Date Posted: July 19, 2017


  • Develop and implement the annual Development Plan with defined goals and objectives for annual fund contributions, restricted gifts, and major/planned gifts.
  • Manage the Annual Fund effort to meet the annual fund-raising targets established in the Development Plan.
  • Major Gifts/Planned Giving/Endowment
    • Identify and build relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of APU and its programs.
    • Solicit individual and corporate gifts from existing and potential major donors.
  • Work closely with the President, Board of Trustees, APU foundation, and Executive Leadership to identify, cultivate, and solicit current and potential donors at any gift level.
  • Represents APU in external contact with past and future donors, funding organizations, and potential donor and supporting organizations.
  • Expand APU’s donor base through the development of new fundraising programs, the growth of existing fundraising programs, and the identification and cultivation of new prospects.
  • Plan and implement any special gifts campaigns such as capital, scholarship, endowment, etc. as needed.
  • Develop and implement strategies, methods, and activities to ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of all gifts.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of all development programs and securing gifts at various levels.
  • Collaborate with communications and marketing colleagues to promote and maintain the visibility of the University in Anchorage and the larger Alaska community. Organize and develop events, publications, promotions and media presentations to foster awareness and support of the university.
  • Maintain development databases and prepare monthly fund-raising reports for the President and Board Development Committee.
  • Completes internal and external written and oral reports professionally and in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates with APU Finance and Accounting to insure timely and accurate financial reporting.
  • Supervise University Alumni Relations functions
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of best practices within the development profession, including those related to deferred giving, annual fund management, direct mail, corporate and foundation relations, use of new social media, and other areas that support fund-raising efforts.
  • Skill in working with major gifts, capital campaigns, donor research, alumni relations and corporate and foundation relations.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in public speaking and representing the organization in large groups.
  • Skill in implementing strategic plans, goals, and procedures for cost effective management of allocated resources.
  • Skill in effectively leading and mentoring staff.
  • Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Skill in working with a culturally and linguistically diverse group of employees, alumni and potential donors.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


  • Ten (10) years’ experience in development or marketing with progressively increasing responsibilities and knowledge.


  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credentials.
  • Experience in higher education.


  • An Alaska driver’s license with a clean 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.

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