Chief Advancement Officer

November 2, 2021

ABOUT LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP

The only program of its kind in the United States, Liberty Fellowship is grounded in the belief that thoughtful and courageous leadership will create a better future for all people in South Carolina. Sharing a dissatisfaction with the status quo, more than 300 leaders have made the lifelong commitment to become Liberty Fellows since the Fellowship was founded in 2003. Examples of their impact can be found at www.libertyfellowshipsc.org/impact.

Within the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), Liberty Fellowship is the only state-focused program among 14 global Fellowships comprised of over 3,000 entrepreneurial leaders in over 60 countries. All Liberty Fellows are automatically part of this global network community. More information about the AGLN is available at www.agln.aspeninstitute.org/home.

THE OPPORTUNITY

At this exciting stage of development, Liberty Fellowship is recruiting for the newly created senior-level position of Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). The inaugural CAO will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the impact of this pre-eminent community of leaders in South Carolina by leading Liberty Fellowship’s fundraising and ensuring the Fellowship’s long-term financial sustainability.

The Liberty Fellowship CAO will be an experienced professional with a proven track record of securing significant financial investments in the higher education, philanthropic, or private sector and will serve as the principal fundraiser for the Fellowship. The CAO will facilitate the development of a proactive resource development strategy in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and members of the Liberty Fellowship Board of Directors and will also hold responsibility for plan execution.

In this externally facing role, the CAO must possess the expertise, gravitas and credibility to steward relationships and generate support from a wide range of constituencies modeling high-integrity and a firm commitment to the vision of Liberty Fellowship. The CAO should possess or develop an understanding of the Fellowship’s network approach and be capable of communicating a vision with long-term outcomes and indirectly attributable impact.

Liberty Fellowship is at a point of dynamic transition. The CAO will be entrepreneurial, open to innovative solutions, and comfortable within an organization navigating inflection and growth. They will report to and work in direct partnership with the CEO. Liberty Fellowship’s four-member professional team is small and geographically dispersed. The CAO will be required to be a highly independent self-starter; both a thinker and a doer.

The CAO will be expected to:

  • Lead Liberty Fellowship’s annual financial raise of a minimum of $1.0-1.5 million, with potential plans to establish an endowment fund in the next three years through corporate, individual, and foundation funding.
  • Engage with individual and institutional donors to communicate a case for support and actively cultivate and solicit investments through visits and other forms of direct contact.
  • Identify and secure new revenue streams with a focus on increasing sustainable, unrestricted private revenue. By expanding the pool of donors and potential donors to more completely fill out the giving pyramid (annual giving to principal giving), the CAO will help create a robust and healthy pipeline that will benefit Liberty Fellowship for years in the future.
  • Work closely with the CEO in soliciting gifts from new and existing donors, maintain a CEO portfolio of leadership gift prospects, and optimize use of the CEO’s available time to fundraise.
  • Contribute to a comprehensive communications strategy for Liberty Fellowship from a donor and engagement perspective, recommending vehicles for more effective external and internal communications.
  • Travel throughout South Carolina to cultivate meaningful relationships for Liberty Fellowship and reach across a wide network of Fellows.
  • Contribute to ensure that Liberty Fellows are engaged, informed and involved in the activities of the Fellowship through relevant, effective programs that facilitate their connection to one another and to what makes Liberty Fellowship a unique community.
  • Create a development strategic plan. As Liberty Fellowship has fully transitioned to a Fellows-led organization, the time is ideal for the development of a plan to guide Advancement’s efforts over the next several years. While the form and content of that plan are, of course, the purview of the new CAO, it will be critically important that it anticipate any additional investments necessary to ensure the success of the enterprise and the anticipated return on those investments.
  • Monitor, analyze and report on overall revenue generation results versus goals to internal and external constituencies.
  • Develop clear processes and collaboration with all team members to create an understanding of and appreciation for the fund development function, creating an environment of cohesiveness and collaboration.
  • Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans and demonstrate integrity of financial stewardship and accountability of resources.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND PERSONAL QUALITIES

As the first to hold this organizational position, the new CAO of Liberty Fellowship has the opportunity to build on over 18 years of the program’s history while simultaneously contributing to the organization’s future course.

To be able to realize this opportunity, the CAO will embody the following qualifications and qualities:

  • A deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of Liberty Fellowship; the ability to successfully articulate that mission and generate excitement about the Fellowship among a diverse group of stakeholders; and the desire to play a meaningful role in the Fellowship and its extended community.
  • The professional credibility and maturity required to effectively engage and leverage the CEO, Board of Directors, Fellows, and other volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of key prospects.
  • Success building a development operation and a track record of incorporating best practices into engagement and development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability in multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign planning as well as a track record of success prospecting, soliciting and closing gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations to support programs and/or impact funds.
  • A record of building relationships with leaders in the corporate and foundation world and the ability to translate those relationships into productive and rewarding outcomes for an organization.
  • Knowledge of the South Carolina landscape, a personal and professional network to be leveraged, and ability to expand Liberty Fellowship’s visibility and success to potential regional and national-level investors.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to the importance of creating an advancement strategy that is inclusive of individuals from all backgrounds with diverse perspectives.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Understanding and respect for the familial culture of Liberty Fellowship and the broader Liberty Fellowship community.
  • A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources; the ability to plan, monitor and tightly manage a budget.
  • Ability and willingness to commit to considerable travel within South Carolina and some travel out of state.
  • Ability and willingness to commit to extended working hours, as required.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and administrative support.
  • Positive attitude with a sense of humor and high emotional intelligence.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or study preferred.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Qualified candidates should apply by forwarding, as separate documents, a resume or CV and a letter of interest specifically addressing the themes and qualifications in this profile to [email protected] with the subject line “Chief Advancement Officer.” No phone calls. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed weekly, though the position will close upon identification of the desired candidate.

WORKING AT LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Through Liberty Fellowship’s affiliation with Wofford College, staff of Liberty Fellowship are provided Human Resources support as well as eligibility for comprehensive major medical health insurance, life and disability insurance, and other applicable fringes.

Wofford College and Liberty Fellowship value diversity and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Wofford College and Liberty Fellowship do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at [email protected].

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.