Company: Miller Center
Date posted: February 25, 2019
The Miller Center is seeking a gifted advancement professional to help pursue its vision of inspiring American leaders with insights that advance democratic institutions and the public good. A nonpartisan research unit of the University of Virginia, the Miller Center has established itself as the leading center of learning, publication, and public dialogue on the U.S. presidency. Its record of success includes working closely with the administrations, libraries, and foundations of every presidency since Herbert Hoover. That work includes conducting the official oral history of the last five presidential administrations, as well as research projects, commissions, dialogues, and events that set agendas, shape debates, and design policies.
Over the next decade, the Miller Center will play a central role in helping the University of Virginia become the leading center of learning and teaching on the U.S. presidency, democracy, and public service and also in helping collect, select, promote, and connect scholarship and scholars to public problems. More broadly, the Miller Center will play a critical role in University-wide efforts to advance our democracy and promote public service. The Chief Advancement Officer will work as a member of the senior leadership team in designing and executing the medium- and long-term objectives of the Center, in collaboration with the leading schools and departments of the University. The first such effort is a partnership on a Democracy Initiative with the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Position Overview
The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will join the Miller Center at a time of exciting transformation. As a member of the Center’s senior leadership team, she/he will formulate, coordinate, and drive the execution of a comprehensive fundraising strategy to advance the national mission of the Center https://millercenter.org/. The CAO will lead the Miller Center’s advancement team and will refine and successfully implement the overall advancement strategy for the Center as part of the Honor the Future campaign, which is set to enter its public phase in the fall of 2019. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Development within University Advancement and indirectly to the Director and CEO of the Miller Center, the CAO will serve as the principal liaison for the advancement team’s operational and strategic objectives and outcomes to the Miller Center’s Development Committee of the Center’s Governing Council, faculty and staff, the advancement community broadly, and University leaders, alumni and friends. She/he will focus on frontline fundraising for major gifts of $100,000+. As the leader of the Miller Center’s advancement team, she/he will work in partnership with the Associate Vice President and the Director/CEO to develop and achieve customized annual goals and metrics.
This is a University Executive Staff position that continues through June 15, 2022, with extension subject to need, performance, and the availability of funding.
- Effectively manage a team of advancement professionals, overseeing major gifts, annual giving, and donor stewardship for the center.
- Responsible for operation and administration of the Miller Center’s advancement functions, including personnel, finance, compliance, and related matters.
- In addition to taking responsibility for the vision and narrative of the Center’s contribution to the University’s capital campaign, this role will be responsible for adding ongoing strategic insight to public programing and how we communicate the Center’s strengths.
- Will proactively offer strategic and tactical direction to the Miller Center Director and CEO, senior faculty and staff, and the Center’s Governing Council.
- The CAO will have the opportunity to build a program, making critical decisions about campaign planning, staffing, and messaging.
- This position will have primary responsibility for strategically connecting with and securing philanthropic support from individuals and organizations nationwide.
- Develop a strategy for building a pipeline of donors to accomplish endowment growth in addition to growth in annual cash fundraising. Our campaign goals for the CAO include:
- Increase annual cash fundraising from $2.5M (FY18) to at least $5M
- Grow endowment through fundraising from $75M to $125M
- Partner closely with other teams within University Advancement, including corporate and foundation relations and planned giving, to ensure robust and diversified revenue streams for the Center.
- Build strategic relationships with colleagues across Grounds, working collaboratively to devise strategies for all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship for prospects and proposals that are interdisciplinary.
The successful candidate will have a passion for what the Miller Center does at the University of Virginia and a vision for its unique value proposition, including familiarity with public affairs, American politics, the presidency, public policy, and/or law, and will create a case for giving to the Center. She/he will have the ability to engage donors in the vision of the Center.
A compelling candidate will have demonstrated results creating a highly stable and effective team through articulating clear goals and responsibilities and providing feedback to support individual accountability. She/he will have the desire to establish a foundation of excellence. Strong candidates will be entrepreneurial and creative in identifying prospects. They will have the ability to work collaboratively and be resourceful in a complex environment. The leader will have a successful track record of exceeding goals and improving outcomes and, preferably, accomplishments in either a think tank, university, nonprofit, or political setting.
- Must have significant leadership experience with a proven ability to communicate across a broad range of audiences, including superior written and oral communication skills.
- Must have experience with financial forecasting and budgetary responsibilities.
- Must demonstrate experience in strategic planning and the ability to work with senior officials.
- Must demonstrate ability to manage complex systems and participate in the ongoing work to hone the organization’s strategy with an understanding of philanthropic opportunities.
- Preferred candidates will have an understanding of fundraising for nonprofits, political entities, and/or academic institutions and exposure to a breadth of fundraising sources: individuals, corporations, and foundations.
- A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
- Energetic and charismatic leader.
- CAO will contribute to an environment that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. She/he must have command of cultural sensitivity and must value and embrace cultural, political, and social differences.
The Miller Center
The mission of the Miller Center is to contribute to the solution of major national problems through comprehensive and intensive research, with a special emphasis on bringing that research to policymakers and the public.
As part of the ongoing educational mission of the University, the Miller Center hosts public forums that connect scholars, policymakers, recognized authorities, and students for nonpartisan civil discourse. Exceptional presidential scholarship is the essence of the center, serving the University community as the leading partner in active citizenship, supporting democracy and public service initiatives.
Vision Statement: To inspire America’s leaders with nonpartisan insights, especially on the presidency, hat advance democratic institutions and the public good.
The CAO will work closely with Director and CEO Bill Antholis, recognized as a national leader in public policy, politics, international economics, national security affairs and diplomacy. Prior to joining the Miller Center in 2015, Antholis served as managing director at The Brookings Institution, where he also served as a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies. The author of two books and numerous articles, Antholis also previously served as director of studies and senior fellow for the German Marshall Fund and in government at both the White House and the State Department.
Honor the Future Campaign and UVA Leadership
The CAO will join the Miller Center at an exciting time in UVA history—the beginning of both a capital campaign and a new university presidency. Having celebrated its bicentennial in 2017, UVA has embarked on a groundbreaking $5 billion capital campaign, the Honor the Future campaign, that will advance the priorities of every school and unit, support new and existing programs, and fund capital projects. Over the last several years, the University has seen tremendous growth in its fundraising performance from $274.2 million in total commitments in fiscal year 2014 to $565.5 million this past fiscal year. With over $1.9 billion already secured to date, the public phase of the Honor the Future campaign will launch in fall 2019.
In August 2018, UVA welcomed its ninth president, James E. Ryan, to Grounds. A gifted educator and UVA alumnus, President Ryan is a first generation college student, earning his bachelor’s degree in American Studies summa cum laude from Yale University and his J.D. from the UVA School of Law, attending on a full scholarship and graduating first in his class. After clerking for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and for then-US Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the president joined the faculty at the UVA School of Law. In 2013, he became dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he launched the Harvard Teacher Fellows program, began to reshape the master’s degree curriculum, made significant faculty hires, and successfully led the school during Harvard’s capital campaign, securing a landmark commitment for research in early-childhood education.
About the University
The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry. Today, News & World Report consistently ranks UVA in the top three public universities. In the 28 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has always ranked among the top three. The University of Virginia continues to place among the top 30 of the nation’s public and private universities combined.
We are a thriving and diverse global community of nearly 54,000 students, faculty and staff. University students hail from virtually every state in the nation, and 111 countries, and our 220,000 alumni around the world actively support our mission to serve the greater good.
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