The incumbent is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the design, direction, and success of the Advancement functions of the college including capital campaigns, annual funds, corporate and foundation relations, major/principal gifts and gift planning, endowments, development operations, stewardship, marketing, communications, special events, and stakeholder and alumni relations. Serves as a member of the executive team and maintains a strong working relationship with other key senior leaders, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, and internal and external stakeholders. In conjunction with the President, this position acts as a representative and ambassador on behalf of the organization to all constituents in order to promote a climate of support and engagement among key constituencies.
Develops an effective fundraising climate/culture throughout the College and among various constituents.
Identifies, cultivates, and oversees the solicitation and stewardship of all donors by the Institutional Advancement team, President’s Council, Board of Trustees, and volunteers.
Develops and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive, diversified and integrated development process leading efforts to increased institutional revenue; this includes special campaigns, donor relations, stewardship, gift processing, prospect research and data management.
Oversees the development of proposals and applications for funding from corporations, foundations, and individuals and assures that appropriate stewardship and follow up are provided.
Oversees marketing, communications, and messaging to alumni, donors, students, patients, the on-campus community, and the Optometric and Memphis communities to advance the visibility, image, and patient care efforts of the College locally, regionally, and nationally.
Engages alumni through meaningful communication and experiences to deepen their connection to the College and fellow alumni.
Guides the President, Board of Trustees, VPs, Department Heads and volunteer staff in the identification and cultivation of long term, collaborative, strategic relationships with selected individuals and organizations to support the overall mission of the College.
Works with the President and senior leadership to develop and implement organizational policies and strategic plans to ensure the future relevance, credibility and viability of the College.
Participates in institution-wide strategic planning, in the identification and assessment of fundraising priorities, and in the execution of relevant programs, projects, and initiatives to support the plan.
Develops strategic plans and goals for Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations, The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence, Grants & Community Engagement, and Communications departments that are aligned with the College’s mission, vision and goals; oversees the implementation and execution of plans.
Other Operational Responsibilities
Acts as an ambassador for the College to all customer and stakeholder groups representing the President when required.
Leads and manages all affairs and activities of assigned departments including budget development and financial oversight, program direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned programs and staff. Develops and mentors all assigned staff members.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education/Certification: Bachelor’s degree required, along with relevant continuing education in development and/or marketing; OD or other advanced degree preferred; CFRE designation is strongly preferred.
Experience: 7-10 years of development experience driving all major fundraising functions and strategy to include interface with marketing/communications; 5 years of experience as a successful manager of a team with preference given for experience in an institution of higher education.
Internal Number: IAD10001
About Southern College of Optometry
Southern College of Optometry' located in Memphis, TN, is one of only 23 colleges of optometry in the nation and is considered one of the nation's leading optometry schools. Each year, the college admits nearly 140 of the top-qualified optometry students to its post-graduate, professional program. SCO's 7,200 graduates practice optometry in all 50 states and several foreign countries.
SCO provides a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, generous PTO time, observance of national holidays, and employer-funded contributions to retirement accounts.
For the past seven years in a row, SCO has been named a Top Workplaces Award recipient by the Commercial Appeal. The college has also been recognized as having the best benefits in Memphis, along with recognition for employee training, based on survey results of employees. Most recently, SCO was recognized by Volunteer Memphis as the 2019 medium-sized Corporate Citizen of the year for the many ways our faculty, staff, and students support our community partners.