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TKE Educational Foundation, Inc. Chief Advancement Officer

The Chief Advancement Officer for the TKE Educational Foundation serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program. The CAO is responsible for recruiting and developing a talented team of professionals, including shared staff and volunteers focused on increasing Alumni involvement and contributing to meet fundraising goals. The CAO is responsible for training the staff and volunteers in the execution and achievement of the various programs, while being the leader of the TKE Educational Foundation in regard to constituent public relations programs, efforts and stewardship. The CAO works closely with the Tau Kappa Epsilon Chief Executive Officer to ensure a cooperative effort to achieve mutually-directed goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Advances the mission, vision, and short-/long-term goals of the Fraternity and Foundation in concert with the Fraternity Board Chairman, Foundation Board, Executive Committee and senior administrative colleagues.
  2. Works closely with the Foundation's Chairman and Executive Committee in all phases of his advancement and campaign leadership activities.
  3. Seeks, develops and manages all Foundation staff (including shared staff) and volunteers to ensure effectiveness and compliance in achieving mutually beneficial goals. Serves as a member of the TKE leadership team and maintains effective working relationships with members of the TKE Professional Staff, Grand Council, TEF Board of Directors and other key members of the Fraternity.
  4. Develops, nurtures, and expands a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals and secures major capital and planned gifts, as well as annual gifts and endowment support. The expectation is that each professional member of the Foundation staff will raise at least $1 million per year in cash, plus deferred gifts.
  5. Participates in strategic discussions; proposes programs to strengthen the finances of the Fraternity and the Foundation. Proposes an annual budget to the finance committee by end of February. Budget should include all key components. Serves as the staff liaison to the TEF Board of Directors and Committees.
  6. Ensures dynamic processes in all phases of donor steps, and executes all campaigns, short and long-term, through the effective use of staff and qualified volunteers.
  7. Plans, organizes and implements constituent relations programs in the areas of alumni, parent and key constituents; devises and implements effective internal and external messaging.
  8. Monitors, tracks and reports monthly metrics of the Foundation and disseminates reports as directed; participates monthly with the Finance Committee.
  9. Be active and involved in the advancement profession (earn CFRE or equivalent), be visible among Chapter-related academic institutions and be the Foundation advocate while advancing relationships with the Fraternity.
  10. Embodies values of caring, compassion, justice, integrity, competence and affirmation. Treats all members of the TKE community with fairness, dignity and respect; seeking a spirit of unity and harmony to achieve a common mission.
  11. Engages the International Fraternity and TKE Chapters in enhancing the culture of philanthropy. Maintains cooperative working relationships with the Grand Council, TEF Board and Chapter Leadership whose cooperation is essential to effective outreach and fundraising.
  12. Performs all other duties as may be appropriate and assigned.

Position Requirements:

Candidate must reside in Indianapolis, Indiana, be able to travel as needed and is expected to work with existing and potential donors as the Foundation representative and voice. Membership in TKE Fraternity is preferred, but not required. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate will display a record of leadership and accomplishment in advancement with a proven track record of fundraising success, especially with campaign planning/execution and in major gift solicitations. Strong organizational, supervisory and leadership capabilities are required. The successful candidate will document successful solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts, and present a history of building advancement program and fund raising performance. Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to affect favorably sophisticated volunteers and donors. This person must be a visible Fraternity leader and give witness to the Core Values of the Fraternity and the Foundation.

Education and Experience:

Degree required, CFRE is a plus. A minimum of five to seven years of experience as a senior level advancement professional in fraternal association or collegiate setting. Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies in a complex environment. Must exhibit a strong work ethic, competitive nature, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, excellent communication skills, strategic thinker and planning skills. Demonstrate a calling to not-for-profit service.