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P. O. Box 9 – Bethlehem ٢٧٤١٢٤١ ﻫﺎﺘﻑ
Tel. 274-1242 ٢٧٤٤٤٤٠ ﻓﺎﻜﺱ
Office of Personnel Management ﻤﻜﺘﺏ ﺸﺅﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻭﻅﻔﻴﻥ
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land offers an exceptional opportunity for a new leadership
position: Assistant Vice President for Development
Job Title: Assistant Vice President for Development
Department/ Section: Development Office
Immediate Supervisor: Vice President for Development
Job Objective/ Summary:
Bethlehem University is seeking a passionate, innovative and seasoned fundraiser for a most
unique new opportunity for the senior-level administrative and leadership team as the
Assistant Vice President for Development.
Located in Bethlehem (Palestine), the Assistant Vice President for Development (AVP-D)
works closely with the Vice President for Development and other senior administrators and
development staff in determining and implementing the University’s fundraising and
communications plans and goals so as to provide comprehensive support for University
The AVP-D is primarily responsible for leading and supervising two senior level Managers
(the Development and Annual Fund Manager as well as the Communications and Alumni
Relations Manager) who each work with three or four staff in the Bethlehem-based office.
In addition to leading the Bethlehem-based staff, the AVP-D works in cooperation with
other senior level development staff located in Washington, DC (USA), namely the
Executive Director of the North American Office and the Capital Campaign Director in
partnering with Deans and Directors to identify priority needs for philanthropic support,
developing and managing strategic fundraising efforts, and managing a portfolio of key
donor agencies and individuals.
The successful candidate for this new senior leadership position of the Assistant Vice
President for Development will be a high-performer who is a collaborative team leader, self-
directed and comfortable embracing and leading change. As we embark upon the first
comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of Bethlehem University, we seek a
values-driven fundraiser, communicator, and administrator who can match experience with
passion by working together with the faculty, staff, students, alumni and benefactors of
Bethlehem University (who are located in Europe, the USA, the Gulf, and throughout
Palestine and the Middle East).
In addition, this senior level fundraising and public relations professional will have a
particular focus on the local and international Arab community.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Main routine duties:
1. Leading and Supervising (40% of time)
a. Manage, coach and mentor the Development and Annual Fund Manager as well as
the Communications and Alumni Relations Manager, coordinating operations and
the implementation of fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, and
b. Establish and implement short-term and long-term departmental goals and
objectives; evaluating program effectiveness and effect changes required for
c. Provide direction and inspire accomplishment of activity and performance metrics
among the development, communications, and alumni staff
d. Ensure that professional development needs of the staff are identified and a plan is
designed and implemented to address these needs
2. Fundraising and Portfolio Management (30% of time)
a. Develop and implement strategic fundraising efforts (including securing individual
gifts as well as securing organizational grants) to meet priority needs
b. Manage a portfolio of principal major donor organizations and individuals
c. Identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward gifts and grants
d. Assess and enhance the effectiveness of current fundraising efforts
3. Local and International Arab Community focus (20% of time)
a. Organize and oversee fundraising and communication functions and activities related
to the Board of Trustees, the Alumni, the university faculty and staff, and with the
Friends of Bethlehem University in the Arab countries.
b. Ensure that local and international media relations are developed so as to be
supportive of the University’s fundraising efforts.
c. Promote positive relations with and among community and civic leaders and
organizations – especially concerning media and fundraising initiatives
d. Maintaining current knowledge of University-wide and Department-level priorities
and plans so as to appropriately promote the University’s priorities, needs, and image
4. Cooperation with other Senior Administrators (10% of time)
a. Provide strategic leadership in partnership with the Deans and Directors to identify
priority needs for donor support
b. Work with the Deans, Directors, faculty members, volunteers, and senior
development staff to establish on-going programs and activities for the cultivation of
identified donor and grant prospects
c. Serve as a key member of the university development office leadership team and
coordinate activity with other development officers, including the Executive Director
and the Campaign Director located in Washington, DC.
1. Produce reports on the status of activities and metrics for various stakeholders
2. Assist with grant writing and project reporting as well as with hosting pilgrim and other
groups and visitors (e.g., government, Church, funding, and other university
3. Assist in the publishing of articles and media releases, especially for crises and significant
4. Establish, review and update Fundraising, Communications, and Alumni plans, etc.
Responsibilities: (Such as membership on committees or councils).
Special Working Conditions:
Occasional work outside normal office hours – and need for regional as well as international
travel on occasion.
Availability to assist with crisis management
Minimum qualifications include
1. at least five and preferably ten years of professional fundraising, marketing, or senior
administrative and leadership experience, preferably in higher education or another complex
2. bachelors degree required with masters preferred
3. significant positive experience managing, coaching, and leading fundraising staff and
4. experience working with deans and other university administrators is preferable.
5. comprehensive campaign fundraising experience is highly desired.
6. excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with substantial experience
in fostering a cooperative work environment and managing a successful team – inspiring
cooperation and participation.
7. Ability to supervise and train volunteers and student workers, to include organizing,
prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
8. Skilled in budget preparation and fiscal management
Other critical skills for this position include:
1. Knowledge of modern university capital gift techniques.
2. Knowledge and a proven history of gaining support and financial commitment of others.
3. Knowledge and a clear understanding of Bethlehem University and a commitment to its
4. Knowledge of alternative, creative, and entrepreneurial fundraising programs, methods, and
5. Skilled in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and
developing and implementing new planned giving strategies and procedures.
6. Knowledge of database construction, management, and retrieval methods.
This job description may be reviewed annually or as the need arises.
30 June 2010
Applications must be submitted in person to the Office of Personnel Management and must
1. A Cover Letter expressing your interest in seeking this position
2. Your Resume or CV
3. A copy of your Birth Certificate and Identity Card or Passport
4. A copy of your University Transcripts
5. A certified copy of your Highest Educational Degree
6. A completed Bethlehem University “Job Application Form” (click here for form)
If you have any questions, please call the Office of Personnel Management (274-1241 ext 2269
or ext 2236).