The Director of Advancement Strategic Initiatives provides essential support to the Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Initiatives and provides a full range of services to meet major goals of the Office of University Advancement. Priority is given to high-level, strategic projects in support of University Advancement goals and priorities.
The director reports to the Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Initiatives in University Advancement and coordinates closely with colleagues within advancement and across the university as required to ensure the smooth execution of high-priority projects.
The director coordinates and leads strategic initiatives identified by leadership, particularly in areas that connect funding priorities, principal prospect/donor management, engagement initiatives and strategic communications and events with broader university goals. The director also supports key advancement initiatives and is responsible for project execution and project deliverables.
The director manages writing projects for campaign donor proposals especially proposals at the $1M+ level, with special attention to complex proposals with multiple stakeholders.
The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
Bachelor’s degree with significant professional experience and specialized expertise.
Knowledge of fundraising principles particularly in a higher-education setting.
Demonstrated understanding of best practices in campaign strategy or, planning, and execution.
Demonstrated ability to research, collect data and provide analysis on various topics.
Service-oriented approach, personal initiative and creative thinking.
Demonstrates excellent project coordination, planning and leadership skills with the ability to lead strategic initiatives across the university.
Demonstrates strong innovative and analytical thinking with the demonstrated ability to prepare, implement and lead improvement initiatives.
Demonstrates strong communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with team members and diverse group of colleagues from across the institution.
Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a high attention to detail and demonstrated ability to write strategic communications and fundraising proposals.
Demonstrated strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple and competing projects and relationships concurrently.
Ability to create and format reports and presentations.
Ability to identify short- and long-range goals of multiple departments and contribute to effective and measurable execution of outcomes.
About William & Mary
University Advancement strengthens William & Mary’s ability to make meaningful connections with each and every member of the university community. Connecting students, alumni, parents and friends, corporations and foundations, faculty and staff is critical to William & Mary’s future. We integrate alumni engagement, annual giving, development, marketing, external communications and university events teams. All of our departments work together to build a culture of engagement and philanthropy within the William & Mary community.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education defines University Advancement as “a strategic, integrated method of managing relationships to increase understanding and support among an educational institution's key constituents, including alumni and friends, government policy makers, the media, members of the community and philanthropic entities of all types.”
The University Advancement model allows the university to be more tactical, thoughtful and effective in its interactions with its audiences. We are hard at work expanding reunions, bolstering regional chapters, leveraging special alumni affiliations and affinity groups, Greek societies, ser...vice organizations, athletic teams, and more. University Advancement is continually developing new ways to link alumni with each other and with students.
The advancement model at William & Mary enhances the potential to get alumni more involved in admission, job placement and mentoring. We are expanding career services and engagement opportunities for alumni. The W&M community is more than 94,000 strong — to us, it is of vital importance. We look forward to taking William & Mary further into its fourth century, together.