vice president for advancement resume example with 15+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary
  • Performance-driven fundraiser with results-oriented goals and objectives accomplished through donor cultivation, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, major gifts, direct mail, telemarketing and annual giving.
  • Talented and highly ambitious Vice President responsible for the office of advancement; overseeing strategic planning, operational budget, advancement of organization's mission, daily operations, and staff of fourteen.
Core Competencies
  • Mission Integration
  • Goal Focused
  • Professional Fundraiser
  • Relationship Builder/Donor-Centric
Work History
09/2015 to Current Vice President for Advancement Guilford College | Greensboro, NC,

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, 09/2015 to 06/2018

A Catholic community rooted in Ursuline tradition, inspires diverse learners to become globally minded, compassionate leaders. With an annual budget of approximately $24,500,000, the advancement office is responsible for enrollment dollars of $18,000,000 and at least $4,500,000 fundraising through capital contributions, annual fund, special events and major gifts. Responsibilities included:

  • Revitalized the development department to increase dollars raised from $2,000,000 in 2015-2016 to over $7,700,000 in fiscal year 2020-2021. Responsible for all aspects including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate, foundation and grant writing.
  • Exceeded current campaign goal of $17,000,000 one year early and anticipate closing the campaign at $20,000,000 plus. Involved in all aspects of the campaign including feasibility study, marketing materials, fundraising goals and closing of three $1,000,000 gifts.
  • Served on two strategic planning committees, led the marketing efforts to inform the community of plans, raised the funds to implement the goals and objectives laid out in the efforts, and reported both internal and external communities about the successes in advancing the mission.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and staff liaison for External Affairs Committee. Assisted with all aspects of strategic planning and SACS accreditation.
07/2008 to 02/2012 Executive Director Of Institutional Advancement State Of Georgia | Seminole, GA,
  • Provided overall strategic direction and leadership for the office of institutional advancement including development, alumnae and marketing/communications efforts for Sacred Heart Schools.
  • Developed and successfully implemented a comprehensive fundraising plan which included closing of a $9,550,000 Ursuline United campaign, increased the annual fund by 27%, implemented a major gifts program, developed a planned giving program and began the feasibility study for an endowment campaign.
  • Served as chief advancement officer for SHS with a portfolio of major donors to work through the MOVES process.
  • Worked in daily collaboration with the President, Board of Trustees, administrators of four schools, volunteer and donors of all levels to advance the mission of SHS.
04/2005 to 07/2008 Director Primrose School | Arden Hills, MN,

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading health organization providing research, information and advocacy with programs in all 50 states, reaching hundreds of communities and revenues of over $300 million. As Director of the Louisville - Lexington offices, directed staff of up to 5 and responsible for budgeting, managing and raising funds for $1.2 million annual budget. Responsibilities included:

  • Developed strategic plan for state market to advance the organization's mission through redevelopment of board of directors, tighter fiscal management, increase of fundraising goals and public relations plan.
  • Successfully exceeded $1,000,000 statewide fundraising goal by expanded donor base, improved budgeting, decreased expenses and consolidation of staff.
  • Increased Kentucky's income over 25% from approximately $780,000 to $1,100,000 while doubling Louisville market's net income.
  • Created fundraising plan and managed 7 special events, including Step Out for Diabetes, Tour de Cure, School Walk for Diabetes and Golf Tournament while directing Stand Up Diabetes Gala.
07/2002 to 10/2004 South East Regional Political Director National Federation Of Independent Business | City, STATE,

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. As South East Regional Political Director responsibilities included:

  • Created and implemented overall strategy for political and grassroots programs to help elect National Federation of Independent Business candidates.
  • Fielded press calls regarding candidate endorsements and NFIB policy positions, as well as represented NFIB at press conferences in S.E. region.
  • Responsible to find 50 new major donors ($1,000-$25,000) and renew 50 previous donors.
  • Served as liaison to national headquarters on behalf of candidates, small business activities and opportunities in over 10 states.
Expected in 1995 to to B.A | Elon University, Elon, North Carolina GPA:

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2022

Louisville Metro Government Human Relations Commissioner, 2020 – present, appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville Metro Government Human Relations Chair of Strategic Planning, 2021

Certified Fundraising Executive - CFRE

Association of Fundraising Professionals (National and KY)

Center for Non-Profit Excellence

Council and Support of Education (National and KY) (CASE)

National Association of Independent Schools


Leadership Louisville, Class 2022

Certified Fundraising Executive, 2019

SHS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2016 - present

SHS Strategic Planning Committee, 2007 and 2020

CASE Kentucky Conference Independent School Chair 2018, 2019

CASE Kentucky Conference Presenter, 2019

CNPE: Destination Excellence Course Completion, 2018

U of L Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning Certificate in Developing Excellence with Strength Finders, 2018

Gonser Gerber Conference Presenter, 2018

Holy Trinity PTA President, 2015

Holy Trinity Chair of VIP Dinner/Auction, 2014 and 2015

Louisville Metro Government Human Relations Commissioner, 2020-present

SHS Search Committee for V.P. Operation, 2018

Whitehall Mansion Fundraising Chair, 2013

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  • Elon University

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  • Vice President for Advancement
  • Executive Director Of Institutional Advancement
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  • South East Regional Political Director


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