Vice President of Advancement/Foundation and Executive Director of the NAU Foundation

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 09, 2020
Nov 07, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time




Flagstaff, Arizona

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Northern Arizona University in the search for a Vice President of Advancement/Foundation and Executive Director of the NAU Foundation.

Northern Arizona University seeks a dynamic, metrics-driven, results-oriented fundraising and operations leader to serve as Vice President of Advancement/Foundation and Executive Director of the NAU Foundation. Reporting to the President of Northern Arizona University, serving on the President’s Executive Team as well as the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President and Executive Director will be responsible for the success of Advancement operations and the development of a team of fifty talented Advancement and Alumni Engagement professionals. The successful candidate will also be responsible for progressive leadership of the Alumni Association Board, whose growing role is to significantly increase constituent involvement and financial support for NAU among its more than 200,000 living alumni. Over the next several years, the Vice President will develop and lead a multi-million-dollar campaign. Additionally, as Executive Director of a large, institutionally related foundation, this individual will be responsible for leading the NAUF Board, which has more than thirty-five members and an endowment of over $185 million.

Founded in 1899, NAU is a public university centered on students. Its academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. NAU develops solutions to challenges and drives innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment. NAU is built on a student-first foundation—this was true when it opened its doors more than 100 years ago, and it is true today. NAU’s traditions and values of the past inform its present and help it shape the future.

Over the past decade, NAU has seen tremendous growth in its student population, research agenda, and academic programming. New construction has enhanced a large portion of the 740-acre Flagstaff campus, increasing access and affordability for students across Arizona. Today, NAU serves 31,000 students across 20-plus statewide locations and online. NAU offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, all distinguished by an ongoing commitment to close student-faculty relationships and rigorous academic quality. Seven academic colleges provide increased options for fundraising. In addition, the Alumni Engagement team is paving the way for greater outreach in the future across all areas of the institution.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position along with at least ten years of senior leadership experience. Significant progressive experience in non-profit fundraising at the principal or leadership gift level is preferred, as is a graduate degree. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Northern Arizona University and the NAU Foundation.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.