Director of Advancement Operations

General Information
Location  610 W 4TH ST
United States
Employee Type  Exempt
Job Category  Staff
Required Degree  4 Year Degree
Manage Others  Yes

Buena Vista University has an opening for the Director of Advancement Operations in Storm Lake, Iowa.  The director reports directly to the Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement (UDAE). As a member of the team, the director supports the overall direction of the division such as strategic planning, goal setting, reporting and budgeting.  As a member of the senior UDAE team, the director supports efforts to create, implement, integrate, assess, and improve—on an ongoing basis—UDAE’s infrastructure and strategies required to conduct successful overall development and alumni engagement efforts.


This position requires strong managerial and motivational skills, the ability to train, mentor, and develop a staff of three, and participate collaboratively as a member of the UDAE leadership team. The director is responsible for the design and execution of the annual advancement operation’s plan that will help achieve the division’s development and alumni engagement goals. 


The Director of Advancement Operations must be both a strong team-builder and team member who is goal oriented, skilled in decision making, ethical, adept at data collection and analysis, able to provide budget oversight for expenditures, and effective in oral and written communications. Director must have encompassing knowledge of development practices, donor data processes, and fundraising techniques including current best practices in development, annual giving, membership management, and alumni engagement.


Buena Vista University is an independent, regionally accredited comprehensive university offering a blended professional and liberal arts curriculum. BVU serves a predominantly Iowa student body, many of whom are the first members of their families to attend college. The university’s main campus is located in picturesque Storm Lake, a diverse, vibrant, and professional community of 11,000 situated in the heartland of northwest Iowa.


Additional qualifications include ten years or more of progressively responsible professional experience with strong preference for candidates with previous fundraising database management experience in higher education or non-profit organizations. A master’s degree is preferred. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and ability.  A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. 

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