Jacksonville Staff Openings

Director of Advancement & Operations

Position Summary:

Under the broad supervision of the Jacksonville campus Interim Dean, this position supports the mission of the Seminary by overseeing the creation and implementation of strategies for achieving new student recruitment and fundraising goals for Gordon-Conwell’s Jacksonville, FL campus. This individual is responsible for creating and building strategic relationships with individuals and organizations to help advance the mission of GCTS, Jacksonville. The incumbent is also responsible for supervising and managing all staff assigned to the various roles under these job functions. This individual will also lead the general operations of the campus including budget planning and management.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Planning and Strategic Relationship Building: Create strategic plan to achieve new annual student recruitment goals and fundraising goals with a clear understanding of our multi-denominational vision.  Identify and nurture new sources of quality leads.  Develop and maintain strong relationships with key influencers of prospective students (e.g., alumni, GCTS faculty, strategic undergraduate faculty, campus ministry leaders, fellows programs, Christian study centers, denominational leaders, etc.).  Make strategic connections on campus and in the community. Build relationships with local pastors and churches. Develop relationships with new donors, and engage with former donors. Use the experience of the Board of Advisors to accomplish campus goals. Be the liaison with associate dean in Charlotte and the Hamilton campus. Expand the influence and name recognition of Gordon-Conwell by leveraging key relationships with an emphasis on recruitment.  (40%)

2. Execution of Recruitment, Admission, and Enrollment Plans: Oversee the end-to-end execution of strategic recruitment plans, ensuring increased engagement as prospects progress through the admissions funnel. Develop annual marketing and recruitment plans that detail steps needed to achieve each year’s recruitment goals. Ensure Jacksonville works in partnership with Institutional MarComm to create marketing and communications strategy to target new audiences, and to increase engagement of prospective students.  Oversee the smooth implementation of recruitment efforts and the data systems that support them.  Evaluate the qualifications of applicants for admission, accepting or denying applicants within the Seminary’s guidelines.  Develop and employ tactics to ensure maximum yield of accepted to enrolled students. (20%)

3. Supervision of Team and Operations: Oversee the daily management of Jacksonville staff. Provide direction, professional supervision, and performance evaluations; ensure that all staff understand their responsibilities. Lead staff meetings with specific agendas and goals, provide staff encouragement and foster healthy team environment. Be on campus for all student/community events and every Friday night to encourage the students.  (25%)

4.Budget: Plan annual budget in collaboration with Interim Dean, VP advancement and VP Enrollment and oversee expenses throughout the year to come in on target for budget goals. (15%)

5. Perform other duties as necessary.

Required Competencies:

  • Relationship Building and Leadership: Proven track record of building relationships across departments and outside the organization to ensure positive outcomes. A warm, welcoming, hospitable spirit that puts guests at ease and sets an example for the team.  Proven ability to collaborate and foster a team environment.  Well-developed leadership skills and administrative, supervisory, and organizational abilities.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness: Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to communicate in a manner that allows information to flow freely and smoothly in order to perform job responsibilities in a timely fashion.
  • Strategic and Creative Thinking: Demonstrated ability to create long-term and short-term strategies to accomplish department and institutional goals.  A talent for creative thinking and problem solving that will open new sources of quality leads.
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate data in order to make data-driven decisions and report to leadership.
  • Knowledge and Discernment: Understanding of the academic, personal and spiritual capabilities required for theological training.  Ability to discern an applicant’s readiness for and fit within the seminary.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of three years previous mid-level management experience in higher education (preferred), or relevant recruiting/fundraising experience in another field. Successful leadership experience managing teams and the recruitment process is required.
  • Experience in goal setting and achievement.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Strong proficiency MS Office Suite
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

Interested candidates, please send cover letter explaining your interest in this position and Gordon-Conwell, along with resume to Laura McPhail at lmcphail@gcts.edu