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Advancement Officer, MU Health Care’s Children’s Hospital & Department of Child Health

Job Description

MU Advancement seeks an experienced advancement professional who embraces the mission of MU Health Care – to save and improve lives. This position is expected to contribute to a culture that is based upon patient-centered care and driven by the core values of respect, integrity, fairness, openness, excellence, accountability and performance. This position is expected to initiate, coordinate and execute annual gift and major gift fundraising for MU Health Care’s Children’s Hospital and Department of Child Health.
Core Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To: 
Under the direction of the Principal Director of Advancement, work with administrators, faculty and staff to identify philanthropic priorities to support our education, research, clinical and academic programs; 
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward annual gifts and major gifts primarily from community members, individual donors, grateful patient families, corporations, foundations, faculty and alumni;
Partner with faculty members to identify and create strategies for outreach, approach, solicitation and stewardship of grateful patients in support of research, training and patient care; 
Provide leadership as an advancement officer in the development and implementation of advancement goals, objectives and programs and assure alignment with facility, organizational and system-wide goals, objectives, strategic plans, mission, vision and values;
Manage a dynamic portfolio of 100 to 150 individual, corporate and foundation prospects and donors and assure successful evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;
Work with the Children’s Miracle Network staff to review event and campaign donors with the purpose of evaluating prospective major gift donors;
Partner with colleagues to execute fundraising activities including, but not limited to, special events, tours and faculty/staff presentations to support cultivation of major gift prospects; 
Engage in educational trainings and activities within MU Health Care, MU School of Medicine and Central Advancement;
Work collaboratively with central Advancement functions such as planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, regional programs, prospect research and records;
Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of HIPAA;
Other duties as assigned.
Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate: 
The ability to learn and translate complex medical services and ideas is essential;
Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals;
Self-starter and strong sense of urgency, motivates and inspires others to action;
Outstanding collaboration as a member of a team and ability to work independently and with many diverse constituencies should be evident;
Strong organizational skills are required, exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to favorably affect sophisticated volunteers and donors;
Desired personal characteristics include the ability to serve as a role model for professionalism and leadership, characterized by trust, mutual respect, high ethical standards and personal accountability;
Willingness to travel and to work occasional evening or weekend hours as needed; 
Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Salary Range: $47,476-$65,000 annually
GGS Grade: 10
Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday thru Friday 8-5. Willingness to travel and to work occasional evening or weekend hours as needed; 

Minimum Qualifications

A four-year degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

A minimum of 2 years fundraising experience or equivalent transferable skills showing an understanding of the development model, i.e. pursuing and cultivating donors, customers, or business relationships.
Academic health center fundraising experience will be prioritized. 

Other Information

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is the oldest public university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens, as well as, Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and professional development in service to our overall mission of enhancing private support of the University of Missouri. As a result, the division continues to attract top talent from around the country. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. At its conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful philanthropic campaign in the University's history, at over $1.4 billion.
At Mizzou Advancement, we celebrate our diverse community of donors, alumni, staff, and friends. We are committed to taking bold steps to create an inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard, and valued. Our team is continually learning and growing on our journey to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that diversity of views, informed by a breadth of life experiences, help us to understand our humanity more deeply and improve our service to mankind. Our efforts to be inclusive must be intentional and thoughtful, so that we might realize the full benefit of the diversity we seek to build within Advancement. Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are Mizzou Advancement. 

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.
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