Assistant/Associate Vice President of Development

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jan 28, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Vice President of Development

Job ID: 9247
Location: El Paso, TX
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: $RegTemp

Department Marketing Statement

What Is Institutional Advancement & who should apply?

Our team works cohesively to build strategic relationships, keep alumni connected to each other and to the University, and match philanthropic goals with institutional priorities to advance, support, and sustain the University's mission. Our division relies on the constant collaboration of our departments - External Affairs, Alumni & Donor Engagement, Development & Advancement Services, and Strategy, Talent & Culture.

With a growing team and vastly unrealized fundraising potential, we had a record-breaking year last year and are poised to surpass that again this year. Maintaining that momentum, we are excited to continue to implement innovative ways to extend our reach and impact.

As America's leading Hispanic-serving university, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is dedicated to increasing access to excellent higher education and positively impacting the community we serve. In Institutional Advancement (IA), we know that our success is built on the contribution of a team that is diverse in its people, thought, and experience. Our culture of care and inclusive excellence is more than a commitment at UTEP IA—it is the foundation of all that we do.

Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people from systemically marginalized communities will only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

Read on to understand more about who we're looking for in this role, what you'll do, and the skills and experiences we're after. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in UTEP and Institutional Advancement as well as what you hope to bring to this role.

Our approach to development & what we value:

Our development officers are 100% Institutional Advancement employees who are assigned to schools, colleges, or other campus units to become content experts in their unit, build a robust portfolio and pipeline of giving, and collaborate with unit leaders to develop compelling philanthropic opportunities.

With a centralized division, additional IA units provide support to each fundraiser, including annual giving, stewardship and events, prospect research, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, and marketing and communications.

We believe in maintaining smaller portfolios that can be worked within a reasonable time and will not tolerate prospect-hoarding that jeopardizes donor experience or institutional support. Shared credit is expected and encouraged; we value collaboration and teamwork above personal gain and convenience.

Our weighted metric system reflects the scope of influence a fundraiser has based on the stage of gift cycle and tenure in the role. New fundraisers and new hires will prioritize substantiative visits over dollars raised. Over time, the weight of success will shift to proposals and dollars raised.

With most of our donors located in the El Paso area, travel is generally within driving distance. We encourage our team to use whatever means are necessary to continue gift conversations and do not penalize someone for using Zoom or other means to move the conversation along.

FLSA Status


Posting End Date

Open until filled


Commensurate with education and experience.

Hours per Week

40.00 Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Responsibilites may require evenings, weekends, and travel.

Hiring Department

Institutional Advancement

Please Note

The title of Assistant Vice President or Associate Vice President will be determined by the hiring committee based on the candidate's relevant experience.

Required Application Materials

A cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references is required in order to apply.

Please combine all documents in a single PDF file.

Purpose of Position

Who we want:

An ambitious and dynamic leader with a proven track-record in leading and coaching frontline fundraisers as well as a successful history of major gift development success to serve as our Assistant/Associate Vice President for Development.

As we continue to grow our development team, we are looking for a highly collaborative and accomplished individual who demonstrates strong organizational, supervisory, and leadership skills, all while demonstrating the highest level of character and integrity.

As a fundraiser you prioritize honoring our donors and work creatively to match their philanthropic goals with institutional priorities. You relentlessly pursue excellence but never compromise integrity along the way. You believe that the most transformational gifts happen not because of a single development officer, but by connecting donors with many individuals across the University. You value collaboration and donor interest over individual convenience or gain.

As a manager, you build trust with your team through authenticity, shared vision, and transparency. You invest time and energy in growing your team professionally and personally, to remove barriers for their success, and foster a team culture that pursues excellence while also caring deeply about the human behind the job.

Essential Functions

What you'll do:

Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and serving as a member of our Executive Leadership team, you'll be charged with managing, mentoring, and training our centralized and unit-based Development Officers. You'll work collaboratively with your fundraisers, other IA units, and campus leaders like deans and vice presidents to develop and implement strategic annual plans that increase constituent support, achieve fundraising goals, and advance UTEP's strategic plan.

With a growth mindset and a commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, you'll grow, lead, and further develop our team of frontline Development Officers. By establishing and implementing policies and procedures to enhance and facilitate fundraising best practices, training and consistent follow-up for our growing team will be a top priority.

While the primary responsibility of this role is management, there is an expectation to lead by example and maintain a small portfolio of major gift prospects. You will demonstrate successful discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors as well as set an example for your team on collaborative teamwork.

Required Qualifications

What you'll need to be successful:
  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and six or more years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired
  • An unending commitment to positively contributing to our team culture; we all commit to making UTEP IA a great place to work and supporting the success of all our colleagues
  • Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organization's agenda, particularly donors, colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders
  • Capacity to multitask and continually balance competing priorities within a dynamic environment
  • Experience in a higher education setting, enthusiasm for fundraising, and working within a goal-oriented fundraising organization
  • Experience working directly with deans, vice presidents, program directors and/or advisory board members to advance fundraising priorities
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively supporting the success of all colleagues and prioritizing the UTEP's overall goals above personal achievement
  • Tenacious optimism and a goal-oriented, growth mindset; the ability to remain flexible and develop creative solutions in pursuit of always maintaining forward momentum

Preferred Qualifications

It'd be nice if you have:
  • A working understanding of a research university environment with prominent faculty along with the grace and enthusiasm necessary to engage high net-worth individuals
  • Advanced degree
  • Experience using a fundraising database (we use Raiser's Edge/NXT and FPM)

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee is frequently required to use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment ranges from moderate to very loud.

EO/AA Statement

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

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