The Path to Success in Advancement Services & Advancement Operations

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Brenda Ricard, Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations Planning
Amy Bronson, Director, Recruitment & Training

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The Path to Success in Advancement Services & Advancement Operations

  1. 1. The Path to Success in Advancement Services & Advancement Operations 2010 Conference of Jesuit Advancement Administrators Boston College, Office of University Advancement Brenda Ricard, Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations Planning Amy Bronson, Director, Recruitment & Training
  2. 2. Do you enjoy: y j y Research Analyzing data Working with databases Identifying and working to solve business problems Organization development Managing b d t M i budgets Process Management
  3. 3. Are you g y good with: Numbers Technology $$$$ Processes Meeting deadlines Details Benchmarking
  4. 4. Do you thrive when y are: y you Managing the crisis of the moment Making order out of chaos Fielding Fi ldi unsolicited f db k li it d feedback Triaging concurrent priorities Fielding complaints
  5. 5. And can you also… y Play an important but less visible role Be an unsung hero Clean up other people’s messes Cl th l ’ Problem solve under pressure Serve many masters See the beauty in the details Make lemonade out of lemons
  6. 6. Then Th a career in i Advancement Services is for you!
  7. 7. What exactly is Advancement Services? A collection of operational units that support the fundraising i i f d i i mission Most often these units include: − Gift processing p g − Records management − Advancement Information Systems − Prospect research ospec esea c Some also include Administrative Services functions: − Fiscal planning and budget management − Human Resources management − Facilities and office management − Communications and marketing − Stewardship and donor relations
  8. 8. Career paths p Can I have a career in Advancement Services and never be a fundraiser? Can I have a career in Advancement Services if I h S i have b been a f d i ? fundraiser?
  9. 9. Career paths p What are some of the traditional career paths? What are some of the more unusual paths? th ?
  10. 10. Career paths p Where can this take me professionally?
  11. 11. Preparing for success p g Skill development Finding the right mentor Networking N t ki Special projects Initiative Observation Self Assessment
  12. 12. Identifying that next opportunity y g pp y Which one is the right one? Is the timing right? Staying t the St i at th same i tit ti vs. moving institution i to a new one Long term career objectives
  13. 13. Identifying that next opportunity y g pp y Considerations from the recruiting/hiring perspective: − Demonstrated skill − Directly related experience vs. transferable − Institutional/departmental fit
  14. 14. Advancement Services Resources AASP CASE NEDRA APRA JAA Networking Software vendor user groups Other Oth
  15. 15. Contact Us Brenda Speight Ricard Associate Vice President Advancement Operations and Planning Office of University Advancement Boston College 617 552-0382 brenda.ricard.@bc.edu Amy Bronson Director, Recruitment & Training Office of University Advancement Boston College 617 552-3680 amy.bronson.1@bc.edu

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