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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Posted: 05/01/2023
Director of Advancement, Herbert College of Agriculture

Director of Advancement

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. (UTFI) is seeking a highly motivated professional to serve on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Advancement Team in Knoxville.  Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Advancement is responsible for 150 visits, $1 million dollars raised, and 15 proposals annually.

This position’s primary responsibility is to advance the UT Institute of Agriculture with a focus on the efforts of the Herbert College of Agriculture, through identifying, assessing, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift ($25,000+) prospects and annual gift donors. This includes planned giving donors. The position will be the primary point of contact for the Herbert College in setting fundraising, donor, and alumni engagement priorities. This position will work on a team of major-gift fundraisers to meet the fundraising goals of the Institute of Agriculture and the University.

Who We Are!

At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Foundation supports alumni engagement, financial stewardship, and private gift support to help harness the creative energy of 650 PhD faculty, specialized staff, and gifted graduate students. UTFI supports them by providing a unique benefits package that includes:

  • Remote work schedule opportunity,
  • Eligible for up to 24+ paid days off per years and 12 paid days off for holidays,
  • Tuition reimbursement,
  • Employee discounts such as Orlando theme parks and Biltmore, and
  • Full comprehensive benefits & retirement package, plus more!

Through the Office of Institutional Advancement, the UTIA partners with the UT Foundation, Inc. to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of Tennessee. This office coordinates activities and opportunities to engage with the entire agricultural community in respect to the land grant mission. With office locations in Knoxville, Spring Hill and Jackson, it mirrors the footprint of the Institute to best assist constituents. The UTIA Advancement Team’s motto is to serve by serving with you.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree with five years or a Master’s degree with three years of experience in fundraising, development, marketing, or sales related field is required. The ability and willingness to travel locally, regionally, and nationally is required. Five years of progressive fundraising experience with knowledge of agriculture and/or higher education is preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UT Foundation reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances. In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.
  • The ability to maintain strict confidentiality of donors and prospect information.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile.  Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity. Use keyword 220000004E to apply to this position from the link below.