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 profession.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development, Schools &
Colleges (AVC) is a leader, thought partner, and subject-matter
expert in the field of advancement. This position is responsible
for managing development efforts across all academic units,
including all schools and colleges, at DU. Units overseen will
include the: College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,
Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law, Korbel School of
International Studies, Graduate School of Professional Psychology,
Graduate School of Social Work, Morgridge College of Education,
STEM initiatives (including the College of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics and the Ritchie College of Engineering and Computer
Science), and Athletics. Fundraising activities in these units
represent a significant percentage of the current DU fundraising
campaign, and the AVC will ensure that funding goals are met.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor serves as a member of the Senior Vice
Chancellor for Advancement’s Cabinet and will be a key contributor
the most ambitious fundraising campaign in DU’s history. In that
capacity, they will drive strategies and programs to identify,
cultivate and steward major and principal gift donors as well as
build a strong pipeline for future campaigns. The AVC will also
oversee development professionals with interdisciplinary initiative
Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for
Development, the AVC is a key leader and advisor to colleagues in
advancement, university administrators and partners across DU. The
AVC will liaise directly with deans and vice chancellors of
fundraising units to develop and execute philanthropic
Management and Leadership
- Provide comprehensive leadership of the Schools & Colleges
development team. This includes supporting the day-to-day
functionality of the team, as well as facilitating the recruitment,
hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional
development of the team (18-20+ FTEs).
- Provide for and encourage individual professional development,
inspire teamwork and serve as a positive presence and advocate for
change and business transformation.
- Clearly communicate goals and priorities to the Schools &
Colleges development team; provide consistent messaging to team
leads and ensure the larger team is working toward a shared
- Serve as a member of the Senior Vice Chancellor’s cabinet,
helping to craft and guide the overarching strategy of DU’s
advancement enterprise and comprehensive campaign.
- Effectively manage the Schools & Colleges development
operating budget, as well as the associated program budgets under
his/her purview. This includes monitoring transactions and
assisting in budget modeling and forecasting processes.
- Build and execute a cohesive strategy for school-, college-,
and unit-based giving, using a donor-centered approach to
- Focus on major gifts and building a donor pipeline.
- Consistently meet or exceed team dollar and activity
- Liaise with deans and academic leaders regularly, ensuring that
units are on track towards goals and strategies for top prospects
are being executed.
- Work closely with the principal gifts team to coordinate
SVC/leadership activities for School & College prospects, when
- Work directly with team members to manage multi-area donors
towards larger, comprehensive gifts.
- Ensure that the development team is moving prospect
relationships along the donor continuum, and that moves are entered
in the PioSphere database in a timely manner.
- Interact with internal colleagues such as deans, faculty,
administrators and other development officers to execute strategies
to identify potential top donors not yet aware and/or active with
- Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and
unit-based advancement functions and other colleagues to foster
strategic, effective, and collaborative work.
- Model “One DU” leadership.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Thorough understanding of major and principal gift work in an
academic setting, while prioritizing multiple
- Strategic approach to prospect and donor relationships;
creative thinking and problem-solving to move donors along the
giving spectrum using moves management techniques.
- Demonstrated ability to close major gifts ($50,000+),
leadership gifts ($1 million+), principal gifts ($5 million+) and
gifts with complex assets in a relationship-based culture.
- Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage
cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to
represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and
units, in a variety of capacities.
- Proven ability to work with a high level of independence,
maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain
effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and
University Officials. Ability to interact effectively with diverse
groups having competing interests and priorities within the
University and community.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 10 years of paid frontline fundraising experience in a higher
education setting, including at least 5 years of experience
directly leading school/college/unit fundraising efforts.
- 5 years of experience managing frontline fundraising
professionals, with a demonstrated commitment to coaching,
mentoring, and developing team members.
- Graduate degree.
- Experience leading multiple academic units in a higher
- Experience leading one or more academic units in a
comprehensive campaign, including goal-setting and attainment.
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 and weekends as
For best consideration, please submit your application materials
by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 12, 2022.
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 $135,000-$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.
The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers
students who want to make a difference. Learn more about
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2. Cover Letter
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University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,
color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment
context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status,
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discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or
ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and
activities, and in the employment (including application for
employment) and admissions (including application for admission)
context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as
amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age
Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment
Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws,
regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination,
harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete
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All offers of employment are contingent upon
satisfactory completion of a criminal history background