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Associate Vice President, Development

Indiana University Foundation
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 25, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Community Foundations, Education, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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About the IU Foundation 

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders, providing advancement leadership, and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $3.5 billion. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

Job Description

The Indiana University Foundation invites applications for two Associate Vice President (AVP), leadership positions to support fundraising efforts at Indiana University.

Reporting to the Vice President of Development at the Indiana University Foundation, the AVP positions serve as strategic fundraising leaders for programs, schools, and units across the IU system by driving the fundraising activities toward institutional priorities that have tangible outcomes and impact on the constituents they serve.

One AVP position will have direct management oversight of schools and units involved in arts and culture, and the other will have strategic oversight of non-academic programs and schools. These newly created positions allow for increased harmony and goal sharing across all of IU’s schools, units, and campuses.

The successful Associate Vice Presidents will strategically lead initiatives under the direction of the Vice President of Development, most notably:  

-Driving the success of assigned schools and units' philanthropic goals through collaboration and leadership

-Serving as a consultant to ensure optimal fundraising operations and best practices are executed

-Personal commitment to the ongoing success of philanthropy at Indiana University

The Talent, Culture, and Inclusion team at the IU Foundation will lead this search.  For questions, please reach out to Shannen Wisniewski, Talent Acquisition Manager, at



Education and Experience Required

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is highly preferred.  Minimum of 7 years’ experience in development, public relations, communications, or related fields, with a proven successful track record of securing major and principal-level gifts required
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in progressive management positions required

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Experience in working with prospects/donors of all levels required
  • Experience related to all aspects of planning and successfully executing large fundraising initiatives or campaigns including working with academic leaders and preparing transformative and complex gift proposals;  OR in coaching others in doing so required
  • Skills in leading major gifts officers and development staff other than those in front-line fundraising positions
  • Success in securing principal gift level support (e.g., gifts of $5 million+) strongly preferred
  • Proven analytical skills – proficiency at framing and solving complex problems, proficiency in using large databases (e.g., standard fundraising data) to setting goals and identifying opportunities for improvement particularly as it relates to gift officer performance;
  • An understanding of the importance of, and demonstrated success in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and volunteers;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering collaboration across advancement disciplines;
  • Success developing authentic relationships with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Relationship management skills beyond immediate staff (e.g., ability to work with alumni, faculty, and university staff in a collegial manner);
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills (able to tailor communications to multiple audiences such as the Board, major donors, staff, and university leadership) including experience with successful speaking to large audiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability to raise significant philanthropic support from individuals and corporate and foundations, especially at the principal and major gift level
  • Fiscal and budgetary experience
Additional Information

The Indiana University Foundation will conduct a thorough, in depth interview process, allowing qualified candidates exposure to a variety of stakeholders within the Indiana University Foundation, as well as the university at large. The interview process will include built in opportunities for candidates to learn more about Bloomington and our cherished university.

The positions will be posted through Sunday, July 3rd, 2022. Screenings will be conducted for all candidate meeting the job qualifications and may begin as early as June 21st, 2022.

The IU Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or veteran status. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other minority or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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