Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Development

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 29, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Duke University

Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Development

After relatively humble beginnings as a young men's preparatory school, then a normal college, and then as Methodist-affiliated Trinity College, the renamed Duke University grew in size and stature to become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world. Trinity College lives on as the undergraduate college within Duke, and the university is seeking its next Assistant Vice President to lead development efforts for Trinity and Duke's Graduate School.

The Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Development (AVP) leads all alumni and donor engagement efforts for these two high-profile units. The AVP reports to the Senior Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Development and serves as a member of his/her engagement and development team. Working with Dean Valerie Ashby, the AVP will provide strategic input and direction related to resourcing the academic priorities of the three Trinity divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences as well as Undergraduate Education. Working with Dean Paula McClain, the AVP will also lead the resourcing efforts for The Graduate School, which oversees all PhD programs on Duke's campus as well as many master's programs.

The next AVP will join the team at a critical time. Duke's most recent comprehensive campaign, Duke Forward, raised a record $3.85 billion and concluded in 2017. Duke is now in the silent phase of its next ambitious campaign, and the AVP will work with the two partner deans to develop campaign priorities for this effort, especially those focused on the sciences. A science initiative will be central to the comprehensive campaign and will span the university with interdisciplinary projects.

In addition, the AVP will continue to refine the model created by the Trinity College team a decade ago, which is now fully staffed. In this model, the team serves as translators and advocates on behalf of a portfolio of departments and works in partnership with Duke Alumni Engagement and Development colleagues in the facilitation of gift conversations and compelling development opportunities. This model has led to extraordinary success, and with staffing in place has the chance to create a new paradigm in fundraising for elite institutions. The AVP will also be asked to lead in a variety of areas:

  • Serve as the chief advancement advocate for Trinity College and The Graduate School
  • Continue to develop relationships internally and externally that advance the vision of both entities
  • Facilitate, and initiate where appropriate, gift conversations in partnership with Duke Alumni Engagement and Development
  • Coordinate Trinity College and Graduate School participation in gift conversations
  • Develop the overall plan for Trinity College and the Duke Graduate School as part of Duke's upcoming comprehensive campaign
  • Lead and manage an advancement team unique in higher education
  • Oversight and management of the boards of visitors for both Trinity College and The Graduate School

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Duke in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacón Vance and Greg Duyck

Duke University is committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, Duke actively values diversity in the workplace, and sees to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.