About DU Advancement
In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in
the University’s history, the University of Denver is building an
advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great
institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact
through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated
donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends.
DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep
engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we
implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising
campaign with a bold and courageous goal.
The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value
inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on
how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of
constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the
University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow
a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative,
ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep
mutual respect for one another and for our shared
Reporting directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor and serving the
Advancement Senior Management Team, the Associate Vice Chancellor,
Alumni Engagement and Career Development will be responsible for
developing, fostering, and advancing networks of University of
Denver supporters, ambassadors, patrons, and promoters. The
Associate Vice Chancellor will oversee campus-wide alumni and
constituent engagement efforts, as well as student and alumni
career and professional development activities.
In this role, they will connect DU constituents to each other
and to the University in strategic and meaningful ways, building
and sustaining a strong pipeline of support for the University and
DU’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date. The Alumni
Engagement and Career Development departments within University
Advancement will fulfill specific value propositions unique to each
constituent community. They must understand the needs and
expectations of constituents based on their affiliation, affinity,
and capacity and translate those needs into actionable, measurable
advancement programming, engagement and philanthropic
outcomes. The Associate Vice Chancellor will play a key role
in strategically engaging DU networks in the Campaign and provide
executive leadership to DU’s Alumni.
- Provide strategy, guidance, and direction for the Alumni
Engagement and Career Development teams in support of the mission,
vision, values, and goals of Advancement and the University of
- Set strategy and direction for the Alumni Engagement and Career
Development efforts related to the University’s multi-year,
comprehensive campaign. Integrate Alumni Engagement and Career
Development programming to support the DU’s mission and the
- Define, implement, and staff an alumni volunteer structure to
ensure active, involved, empowered and effective volunteer support
of the campaign effort and DU.
- Provide executive leadership and vision to DU’s University-wide
Alumni Council and engage the Council to help support DU and the
- Provide leadership for an anchor element of the Chancellor’s 4D
student experience through guiding a contemporary Career and
Professional Development team, with the function serving as a
differentiator in the higher education marketplace.
- In coordination with other members of the Senior Vice
Chancellor’s senior management team, assist in the preparation of
materials and presentations to the Board of Trustees and its
- Develop and provide written and oral reports to University
leadership, staff and volunteer groups as necessary.
- Further the growth and development of the career and
professional development team for current and future DU alumni.
Provide sophisticated programming that offers comprehensive support
to DU graduates throughout their careers.
- Drive efforts to connect alumni, families, and friends to the
University and to each other through alumni chapters, affinity
groups formed by common demographic and cultural attributes,
reunion programming, and extensive local and regional volunteer
- Lead efforts to support the development of broad industry
connections that support the successful – and mutually beneficial –
placement of DU students and alumni.
- Develop and maintains collaborative relationships and programs
across campus including academic colleges, Admissions, Marketing
and Communications, Athletics, and Student Affairs.
- Partner with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement on
major projects and initiatives in support of departmental
objectives and university department, college, and overall
- Utilize findings, study national trends and adopt best
practices to assist in the development of programs and messaging to
cultivate life-long relationships between DU and its
- Manage the Alumni Engagement and Career Development operating
budget, including monitoring transactions and assisting in budget
modeling and forecasting processes.
- Perform other special duties as requested by the Senior Vice
Chancellor of Advancement.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Authentic curiosity about the academic and public good vision
of the University of Denver as well as a strong appreciation for
the extraordinary accomplishments and challenges of DUs faculty,
students and alumni. Ability to conceptualize and articulate key
endeavors that engage alumni and attract donors to DU.
- Sophisticated understanding of mission-driven institutions,
particularly colleges and universities.
- Detailed knowledge of engagement and fundraising strategies,
programs and operations.
- Aptitude for combining strategic planning and project
management skills in identifying, analyzing, developing, and
implementing short- and long-term strategies, approaches, metrics,
- Exceptional oral, written, and presentation skills.
- Stature, credibility, and superior interpersonal and
relationship skills to facilitate collaborative work with
colleagues and peers across the Institute and with external
partners and constituents. Ability to build and sustain
- Dedication to excellence in all aspects of individual,
collective and organizational performance.
- Tolerance for and ability to work productively in the context
of ambiguity, uncertainty, and change.
- Excellent project management skills and a proven track record
of successfully recruiting, training, managing, and motivating
- Comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including
significant travel for alumni engagement efforts and some evening
and weekend work.
- Demonstrated ability to practice and adhere to organizational
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education or
work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military
certification/education and experience may substitute for the
- 10 years of experience working within alumni relations, career
services, and/or development functions, preferably in higher
education or a similarly complex environment.
- 5 years of personnel and program management experience with a
demonstrated commitment to coaching, mentoring and developing team
- Experience in successfully managing complex initiatives from
the planning stages through execution and analysis.
- Master’s degree in management, public administration,
communications, or other related field or equivalent experience
within the work of advancement.
- Experience as a major and principal gift fundraiser with a
successful track record of engagement with prospects and donors at
the six-, seven- and even eight-figure levels.
- A working understanding of a university environment.
- Standard office environment
- Noise level is quiet to moderate
- Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended
- Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the
capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights as weekends as
For best consideration, please submit your application materials
by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, September 23,
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to
be considered. Only applications submitted online will be
Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 18.
The salary range for this position is $175,000-$200,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that
represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay
for the position at the time of posting. The University may
ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The
salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based
on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate,
departmental budget availability, internal salary equity
considerations, and available market information, but not based on
a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical,
dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass.
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