Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts - Tenders Global

Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts

Temple University

Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts & Strategy –

Temple University


Grade: T30

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Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (IA),
the Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts (AVP-PG) provides
leadership and strategic direction for building the University’s
principal giving program. A critical member of the Vice President’s
senior leadership team, the AVP-PG provides strategic leadership
for all principal gift fundraising efforts across the University.
Working with colleagues in the schools and units, the AVP-PG will
ensure an integrated approach to identifying, engaging,
cultivating, and soliciting the University’s highest capacity
alumni, families, and friends – including presidential and trustee
leadership prospects.

The AVP-PG will serve as the lead strategist in designing and
implementing comprehensive strategies to identify and cultivate
individuals who can make contributions of $1 million or more. This
individual will enhance engagement with the University’s most
generous donors, creating gift opportunities based on institutional
priorities and leading Temple’s fundraising programs in preparation
for a campaign. The AVP-PG will coordinate fundraising
solicitations and determine appropriate recognition and stewardship
plans. By collaborating closely with academic and senior leaders
across the institution, the AVP-PG will ensure that the University
as a whole is maximizing philanthropic support from current and
prospective principal gift supporters and will play a lead role in
the strategy development and fundraising efforts for specific
strategic campaign initiatives as identified by the President and
other University leaders. These key initiatives are anticipated to
be cross-cutting and multidisciplinary and will engage a wide range
of deans, directors, faculty, and staff colleagues.

In addition to securing principal gifts, the position will build
out donor programs and operational processes and manage gift
officers. Most importantly, the position will lead with influence,
establishing trust and engagement with colleagues across IA and the
University. Performs other duties as assigned.

At Temple, you will find it easy to fit in while staying true to
yourself. We value what makes each employee unique and strive to
maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion. As an employee, you
will enjoy our collaborative team-based culture that values
innovation and creativity.

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Required Education & Experience:

Master’s degree and at least eight years of progressively
responsible fundraising experience managing, developing, and
leading staff in devising, analyzing, evaluating, and modifying
fundraising programs within a university or comprehensive
advancement setting. An equivalent combination of education and
experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals,
    set priorities, present philanthropic opportunities, and close
    gifts; demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, closing, and
    stewarding individual gifts at the seven- and eight-figure
  • Professional credibility, intellectual depth, maturity, and
    collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of
    institutional and academic leaders, Trustees and donors, and other
    key constituents
  • A strong commitment to personal and professional development
    and the ability to foster a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive
    team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with
    demonstrated presentation abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to navigate across
    a complex organization
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially and
    collaboratively in a team setting to create and contribute to a
    work environment of transparency, clarity, agility, and mutual
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking capabilities;
    ability to embrace challenges and thrive in a fast-paced
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and
  • Working knowledge of planned giving, financial, and/or estate
    planning concepts
  • Familiarity with foundation relations and grants; experience
    working with family foundations
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work evenings and
    weekends as required

This position requires a background check.

This position is assigned a hybrid work arrangement
(on-campus and remote), the duration of this hybrid work
arrangement is at the discretion of Temple University and the

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for
all in every aspect of its operations, including employment,
service, and educational programs. The University has pledged not
to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital
status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic
information or veteran status.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as
detailed in the position description employees have an obligation
to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest
to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict
with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution.
Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with
applicable laws, University and employment policies and
regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments
which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular

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