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Now hiring: Director of Advancement

March 26, 2024

The Director of Advancement for the College of Health Sciences (CHS) is an advancement leader, major gifts officer, and integral team member of the three-person CHS advancement team. CHS is the fastest-growing academic unit on the MU campus and home to the most popular undergraduate major at MU. The unit consists of the School of Social Work and the following seven departments: Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences; Health Psychology; Health Sciences; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Public Health; and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. This position will work strategically with the Senior Director and Dean to engage, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospective donors living around the country, emphasizing the following job duties.

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Key responsibilities

  • Work with alumni and other key constituent prospects to solicit and close five and six-figure and above major gifts and planned gifts for the College of Health Sciences.
  • Using agreed-upon metrics, advance the University and the College of Health Sciences mission, vision, and short and long-term goals.
  • Work closely with the Dean and Senior Director in the College to execute advancement and campaign priorities.
  • Collaborate with Central Advancement and Faculty to engage donors with College of Health Sciences priorities.
  • Create and execute fundraising plans that utilize best practices in major giving, including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors.
  • Serve as a member of the University Advancement team and participate in prospect management and prospect strategy meetings.
  • Assist the College of Health Sciences, Dean, and Senior Director of Advancement in developing program funding priorities and related cases for support.
  • Serve as advancement liaison for assigned unit advisory boards.


M-F 8am-5pm 

Minimum qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred qualifications

  • Progressive responsibilities in fundraising and/or alumni and volunteer relations management is preferred, preferably in a development office setting.  
  • Candidates must display a proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts in the five- and/or six-figure range, especially with campaign planning/execution, and major gift solicitations are preferred.  
  • The capability to work effectively with high-net-worth business leaders is essential.  
  • Higher education fundraising experience will be prioritized.  
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and with many diverse constituencies in a university environment should be evident.  
  • Other important characteristics include a 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.
  • Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, and the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors.
  • Be a proactive “self-starter” comfortable traveling nationally and working independently.
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth. 

Anticipated hiring range

Salary Range: $60,000-$75,000 salary

Grade: GGS-011


Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application materials

Resume and cover letter required.

Other information


This position is eligible for University 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
  • Time Off – Personal time off (PTO) as well as 9 paid holidays.
  • Winter Break – The university observes a paid holiday for the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

About Columbia

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County’s largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year.  If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Values commitment

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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