Director of Advancement for the College of Engineering

Posted on 05/10/2024

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

The Director of Advancement for the College of Engineering serves as an advancement leader, major gifts officer, and integral team member in the College’s advancement team. Reporting to the College’s Executive Director of Advancement in the following areas:


  • Work with alumni, corporations, foundations, and other key constituent prospects to solicit and close five and six- figure and above major gifts for the College of Engineering.
  • Using agreed upon metrics, advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the University and the College of Engineering.
  • Work closely with the Dean and Executive Director in the College to execute advancement and campaign priorities.

Effective Time Management and Communication:

  • Create and execute fund raising plans that utilize best practices in major giving including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors.  
  • In coordination with the Dean, the Executive Director for Advancement, and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement office, develop and execute an annual operating plan with accountable monthly and quarterly monetary and activity goals.
  • Serve as a member of the University Advancement team and participate in prospect management and prospect strategy meetings.
  • Assist the College of Engineering Dean and Executive Director of Advancement to develop program funding priorities and related cases for support

Professional Credibility:

  • Serve as an exemplary University and College advocate in the community, with local leaders, alumni organizations, business and corporate partners, and other leaders and key constituents.
  • Be active and involved in the advancement profession and faithfully represent Mizzou and the College of Engineering.

Since 1839, and as Missouri’s only state-supported member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Missouri (MU) has been engaged in groundbreaking research and comprehensive academics that define its strength as a higher education institution. Today, MU supports 31,103 students in 300+ degree programs, including 97 undergraduate majors, 96 master’s degrees, 69 doctoral degrees, and over 70 certificates. Students work side by side with some of the world’s best faculty to advance the arts and humanities, the sciences, and the professions. At MU, scholarship and teaching are driven daily by a commitment to public service—the obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world. MU’s NCAA Division I Athletics program in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has 550 student-athletes across 20 sports. There are 344,000 MU alumni living around the world, 185,000 of which remain in the state of Missouri, maintaining MU’s positive impact globally and locally.

University of Missouri takes pride in driving innovation and the state of Missouri economy through its extensive research and outreach programs which support local families, business owners, farmers, firefighters and police, and healthcare providers. In 2021, the university secured $389 million on total research via the National Science Foundation. It boasts about 100 new inventions each year and infuses the Missouri economy with approximately $5B on an annual basis. Overall, the University of Missouri the Missouri economy with approximately $5B on an annual basis. Overall, the University of Missouri positively impacts 1 million Missouri residents through its offerings.  

On the heels of record retention and enrollment growth amidst unprecedented challenges facing higher education in 2020, the University of Missouri jumped 15 spots in the U.S. News & World Report list of top national universities, rising to 124 in the publication’s newest rankings of more than 380 public and private institutions. MU also moved up five spots, from No. 90 in 2020 to No. 85, among the Best Value Schools— a measure of colleges that offer the best value for students getting need-based financial aid. Additionally, the university climbed 13 spots to No. 86 among the Best Colleges for Veterans.  

Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and professional development in service to its overall mission of enhancing private support of the University of Missouri. As a result, the division continues to attract top talent from around the country. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. At its conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful philanthropic campaign in the university’s history, at over $1.4 billion.


Monday – Friday 8am-5pm, various travel, and can include irregular working hours and extensive travel (40%-50%).  

Minimum Qualifications: 

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Three to five years frontline fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts in the five- and/or six-figure range.
  • Campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitations is preferred.
  • Exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors. 
  • The ability to work both independently and effectively on a team with many diverse constituencies in a university environment.
  • Strong work ethic, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, excellent communication and organizational skills, strategic thinking and planning skills, and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of Missouri.
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth.

At the University of Missouri Office of Advancement, we invest in our employees. Once you join our team, you will participate in the Discipline of Frontline Fundraising (DFF) program with Plus Delta Partners, a 9-month series of fundraising workshops and 1:1 skill building. Ensuring you have the tools to succeed is an Advancement priority. Your success as a gift officer will have a direct and lasting impact on Mizzou and the priorities of the campaign. 

Salary Range: $70,000 – $85,000 per year

Our benefits:
As one of Missouri’s largest employers, MU staff members enjoy exceptionally competitive health, PTO and retirement plans. A few highlights:

  • Health Insurance -Three plans to choose from, including our Custom Network Plan; a cost-effective insurance option that utilizes our extensive network of MU-affiliated hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.
  • HSA – UM provides between $400 – $1200 in contributions to health savings accounts, depending on plans and dependents
  • Dental – 100% coverage for preventative care, with no restrictions on network or non-network providers
  • Vision – $0 copays on frames and contact lenses along with a $140 allowance, and a $10 copay on yearly eye exams.
  • Retirement – UM will match 100% of up to 8% of eligible pay contributed to a 457(b), with a three-year vesting period on University contributions.
  • Tuition Assistance – Up to 75% of tuition and supplemental fees waived for employees, and 50% waived for spouses and dependents
  • Personal Time Off (PTO) as well as nine paid national holidays.
  • Winter Break – The university observes a paid holiday for the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research, and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. 
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

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