Little Rock, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is searching for a Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement (VC).


The VC is responsible for providing leadership and guiding the future of philanthropy at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Specifically, the candidate will design and implement comprehensive institutional advancement programs as well as recruit and develop talented team members focused on the goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes.


The Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement is the lead fundraiser for the campus and has responsibility for managing all development programs and operations centrally.  This includes the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations. The VC also coordinates fundraising efforts and initiatives across the State of Arkansas.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.


UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs and certificates through its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health, and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and its regional campus in northwest Arkansas.


UAMS, with its intersection of education, research, and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a significant capacity for translational research–speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.


UAMS is one of the greatest economic engines in Arkansas. It plays an enormous role in educating the state’s physician workforce, and producing nearly half of the state’s practicing physicians. UAMS trains an even higher percentage of physicians, nearly 60%, who serve in the state’s rural communities where a shortage of doctors is common.  



The Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement will report to the Chancellor of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.




The Division of Institutional Advancement is an integrated function of fund raising and advancement operations that seek to secure resources and support for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund to benefit the UAMS mission. Our mission is accomplished through a comprehensive program directed at primary constituencies: individuals, foundations, corporations, and alumni. Institutional Advancement supports fundraising efforts for all units of UAMS, including its colleges, institutes, centers of excellence, and departments. Building strong relationships between friends of UAMS and our programs is key to institutional advancement. Donor development programs engage and involve friends in meaningful relationship with UAMS through the Chancellor’s Circle, the Society of the Double Helix, the Legacy Society, and other special recognition events and projects throughout the year. The Division of Institutional Advancement is also responsible for record keeping–processing gift transactions and managing more than 1,300 foundation accounts.


UAMS is in the capital campaign process, which coincides with the institution’s strategic planning process. The last capital campaign was held in 2004, concluding in 2011 and raised over $385 million for the institution.


The UAMS Northwest regional campus was established in 2007 to meet the state’s growing need for healthcare workers. Within the 2029 strategic plan, there is a focus on investing in the future growth of UAMS Northwest. The Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement will have a significant presence in philanthropic efforts in the fastest growing region of the state of Arkansas.


The Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement will be the lead philanthropic role in planning, launching, and executing the campaign. The successful candidate will provide strategy, coordination, and oversight of the philanthropic relationships for UAMS on behalf of the Chancellor.




The Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement will:

  • provide supportive and candid partnership to senior leadership, deans, and other UAMS leaders and contribute thought leadership to institution priorities, strategies, and challenges as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet;
  • develop and clearly communicate strategies, key measures of success and accountability to both internal and external stakeholders;
  • secure and steward six-, seven-, and eight-figure gifts from individuals, corporations, and professional foundations;
  • provide leadership to volunteer committees comprised of corporate CEOs and community leaders;
  • create challenging roles, responsibilities, and growth opportunities for staff members to build individual and team capacity to meet the needs of UAMS and foster staff satisfaction and retention;
  • engage the advancement team in strategic planning, including the next campaign; incorporate an understanding of the needs, priorities, and opportunities of campus partners in planning processes; build consensus; and act decisively in plan implementation;
  • create a communications strategy that effectively conveys the impact of philanthropy at UAMS;
  • embrace diversity and inclusion as fundamental elements in UAMS’s campus mission and culture;
  • demonstrate the ability to deal with people in an ethical and honest manner; and
  • lead and/or support change efforts with a deep understanding of cultural context, resistance, and success factors.



The ideal candidate for the position of Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement will have

  • a demonstrated ability to build on past successes by providing inspiring, visionary, and strategic leadership for an integrated, collaborative advancement program which will continue to develop a vibrant philanthropic culture across the institution;
  • breadth, depth, and currency of advancement knowledge and best practices
  • a record of demonstrated respect for the opinions of all stakeholders and a proven ability to interact with others in a collaborative, open, and accepting manner;
  • an ability to make independent judgments which have highly significant impacts on UAMS;
  • an understanding of and commitment to the mission of UAMS;
  • a commitment to shared governance and an ability to build collaborative relationships;
  • demonstrated and exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving, and team-building skills;
  • excellent written, conversational, and presentation skills;
  • personal credibility; and
  • knowledge of data processing equipment and applications.

A bachelor’s degree and ten years of fundraising leadership experience is required. Experience in a university, academic health center, research organization or government setting is preferred.



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers a competitive benefits and compensation package. UAMS offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible employees and their families. UAMS invests millions of dollars annually to provide a substantial benefits package which includes health and dental insurance, retirement program, and vacation and sick leave.



Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers the opportunity to be mentored by national leaders in health care in a location with an exceptional quality of life. Little Rock offers beautiful scenery, museums and cultural events, state and national parks, gourmet dining and night life, spectacular golf courses, and a wine country as well as affordable housing in lovely neighborhoods, and a low cost of living.



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is committed to the importance of the diversity of UAMS leadership, faculty, staff, and learners in order to enhance the education of its learners, reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in the state, and honor the unique contributions provided by a diversity of values, beliefs, and cultures.


UAMS is committed to the principle and practice of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all areas of employment and other services that affect employees, students, and the general public. The ability of UAMS to meet its mission will increasingly depend on and be strengthened by incorporating constructive diversity in its faculty, students, and staff. Racism, bigotry, and discrimination subvert the mission of UAMS which is to provide a wholesome environment where comprehensive educational, research, and employment opportunities are offered to employees and students.



All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Before submitting your materials, please read them over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.