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University Relationship Officer

Portland, OR
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution. 
 
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Summary Description:  The University Relationship Officer is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement. The successful candidate will be expected to devote 85% of work time to fundraising activities and 15% of work time to administrative responsibilities.  The location for this position will be the main campus of Warner Pacific University, located in Portland, OR, with frequent travel.
 
Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
 
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
 
Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
 
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
 
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
 
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose. 
 
Key Partners:  Partners for this position include the University’s President, Vice President for University Advancement, Director of Alumni and Annual giving, planned giving, and marketing/communications, and athletics.
 
Measures of Success:
  • Meet agreed upon annual goal for direct contacts with potential mid-major gift donors and donors.
  • Meet agreed upon annual goal for number of proposals to potential major gift donors. Meet agreed-upon strategies for highest value portfolio prospects identified annually.
  • Create monthly reports that accurately reflect caseload activity and performance
  • During a comprehensive or capital campaign, personally cultivate and secure agreed upon goal in countable gifts/pledges during a campaign cycle.
Essential Functions: 
The University Relationship Officer will be a key driver to propel the fundraising capacity of WPU’s advancement efforts. The appropriate candidate will be an engaging and high energy individual with a passion for making higher education accessible and equitable for students from diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities and attributes: Working closely with assigned foundation and academic leadership to advance the philanthropic priorities of the university:
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of mid-major gift prospects as well as those donors that have the capacity to give at the majors’ level or higher.
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager for this portfolio of prospects, developing and implementing a written donor strategy and relationship record of all interactions.
  • Communicate with portfolio through face-to-face cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings, and written strategies; ensure that each donor and prospect has a clear strategy and timeline for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Support the fundraising efforts of the President and the VP for University Advancement in securing new and renewed gifts.
  • With the VP for University Advancement, create and manage organizational budget; track and report on progress to goal to CFO and President including contracts, gifts, and pledges
  • Contributes to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  • Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree or advanced certification such as CFRE preferred, plus 7-10 years of experience in development, advancement, or fundraising, with demonstrated success in nonprofit or education related organizations. Education and experience equivalencies will be considered.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate successful middle-to-major gift fundraising experience
  • Collaborative problem solver who brings an entrepreneurial approach to designing personal donor engagement strategies and an expanded circle of potential contributors that reaches beyond traditional university supporters
  • Innovative, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects well, working both independently and as a team member
  • Strategic planning experience and representing WPU through presence at events
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in soliciting large gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Extensive knowledge of the Greater Portland region’s philanthropic and leadership community
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate a strong and compelling case for support.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships with colleagues across the university, including Warner Pacific Alumni and Athletics.
  • Capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions appropriately, and to handle interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to effectively represent the interests and fundraising priorities of various colleges/units, while also maintaining a high degree of enterprise perspective by acting in the best interests of the foundation and the university at all times
  • Strategic, hardworking, and able to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Ability to apply creative and entrepreneurial thinking, while applying sound judgment and conducting oneself with integrity
  • Ability to approach work assuming the best of intentions from campus colleagues
  • Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, and must be able to travel by varying modes of transportation.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with key corporate proposals and foundation solicitations.
  • Experience in grant –writing.
 Physical Demands – Work Environment:
 
The position is located in a typical office environment. Professional/business casual attire is required.  Traveling by various modes of transportation occasionally requiring overnight and/or weekend stays.
 
In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at https://warnerpacific.catsone.com/careers/1611-General Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Resume

 
 
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