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TKE Educational Foundation, Inc. Chief Advancement Officer

Tau Kappa Epsilon Educational Foundation invites applicants for the position of Chief Advancement Officer. The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for leading a team of staff and volunteers in planning and executing the ongoing development program and in the preparation of a national capital campaign in support of the Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Nation’s largest Fraternity.  Key responsibilities include planning, organizing and overseeing cultivation and solicitation of major, principal, leadership, planned, corporate, foundation, parent and Chapter gifts and prospect research. 

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) reports to the Chairman of the Foundation and works closely with the Executive Committee of the Foundation.  Functionally, the CAO advances the mission, vision and goals of the Fraternity and Foundation by working in concert with the TKE Fraternity CEO, Venerable Grand Prytanis and Grand Council of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

The TKE Educational Foundation is a 501(C3) organization founded in 1959 for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of Tau Kappa Epsilon in support of its educational and leadership programs.  Over the last ten years, the Foundation has raised $11.7 million dollars and has provided $1.9 million to our Fraters in grants through collegiate scholarships, leadership and special project initiatives on behalf of specific chapters.  The Foundation has assets exceeding $8 million, along with an additional $9.3 million in documented planned gifts.

The Foundation is charged with the responsibility to work cooperatively with the fraternity leadership to continue to move the enterprise forward in support of our nearly 12,000 undergraduate men and approximately 240,000 living alumni.

Position Requirements:

The CAO must work out of the office in Indianapolis, IN and be able to travel as needed and expected to work with existing and potential donors as the representative and voice of the Foundation. 

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. 

Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to affect favorably on 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:

At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required.  CFRE is a plus.  A minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience as a senior level advancement professional in fraternal association or collegiate setting is necessary.  Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies in a complex environment is a plus. 


Commensurate with ability, plus liberal fringe benefits

Position Description:

A complete position description may be obtained by emailing Emily Garrott at or by sending a letter of introduction and vitae to the TKE Educational Foundation, 7439 Woodland Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46278--ATTN Search Committee

TKE Educational Foundation, Inc. Advancement Coordinator

Job Summary

Provide general support to the Foundation office and TEF Team. The Advancement Coordinator reports to the TEF Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Advancement.


Administrative / Project Management

  • Directly support the Chief Advancement Officer, Director of Advancement, and Advancement Officers
  • Arrange and provide staff support for all Foundation events, Board meetings and staff meetings including, but not limited to, compiling materials, making travel arrangements, arranging meeting space and meal plans.
  • Responsible for courtyard program including, but not limited to, compiling orders, donor communication, online courtyard map database and ordering of bricks and replica bricks with inscriptions.
  • Participate in Foundation business affairs, including disbursement of expenses, with oversight by the Chief Advancement Officer.
  • Work with assigned TEF Team to create compelling presentations for Board meetings and/or donor/collegiate events.
  • Create scholarship and award certificates/packets as needed throughout the year and for Conclave.
  • Schedule and coordinate committee meetings for TEF Board of Directors and Volunteers.
  • Coordinate scholarship program and grant awards in collaboration with both Foundation and Fraternity staff.

Data Management

  • Serve as the primary manager of the TEF donor database, generating regular progress reports, lists and other analytical tools for use by staff and Board members.
  • Complete some gift processing and data entry.

Communication / Donor Stewardship

  • Design and distribute e-communication, e-solicitations, e-acknowledgments and other donor communication as assigned.
  • Manage Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), ensuring paperwork is properly filed for participation in the campaign, meeting key Federal deadlines. Develop effective communication plan to generate support across all TKE audiences.
  • Implement stewardship / recognition program for annual, major and planned gift donors, and giving club members (including, but is not limited to, ordering recognition gifts, distribution of materials / acknowledgement letters, e-acknowledgements, acknowledgement calls, etc.)
  • Oversee grant process, including, but is not limited to, Special Projects, scholarships, housing/educational requests and Leadership Academy grants.


  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of one year of development experience with an emphasis on implementation of multi-channeled fundraising plans.
  • Or, a minimum of three years of administrative experience (or related field) with an emphasis on relationship building and computer/design skills.
  • Strong personal and written communication skills which are effective across a variety of constituencies.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented work style.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to succeed under pressure.
  • High energy and goal oriented.
  • High degree of technological proficiency, including past experience working with desktop publishing software, social media, web content management/updates, constituent management software, PowerPoint presentations and other Microsoft Office programs.

Additional Information

  • This position is located at the TKE International Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Position Type


Salary and Benefits

TEF offers a competitive salary and benefits package which is based on the experience / qualifications of the candidate.


Please submit a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications for the position, resume and salary requirements to