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Associate Vice President of Collegiate Development

Utah State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 14, 2023

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Administrative, Other Administrative
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Full Time

Associate Vice President of Collegiate Development

Requisition ID: 2023-6502
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Other
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Exempt
College: University Advancement
Department: Institutional Development
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Collegiate Development serves as a key member of the leadership team and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the collegiate-focused fundraising programs at Utah State University. The AVP is responsible for all fundraising activity supporting the college and academic program units. The AVP will foster an engaged work environment and inspire a shared vision by strategically aligning effort and resources and promoting trust among major gift officers and college stakeholders. The candidate must have a proven record of building and managing results-focused teams with a leadership style that inspires others to improve their effectiveness and develop as leaders and fundraisers. As the leader of Collegiate Development, the AVP will take an active role in attracting talented fundraisers to the organization and will invest in the professional development and mentorship of the entire team. The AVP will collaborate with executive leadership, peers, and partners within the organization and across the University to advance the strategic priorities of Utah State University. In addition, the AVP will serve as a key member of the Principal Gift Workgroup and will assist and lead major gift solicitations. This position requires travel.

Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction to the collegiate development team to drive development and increase total contributions.
  • Work closely with University administrators and volunteer leadership to maximize and optimize fundraising opportunities.
  • Utilize industry-wide concepts and effective practices in fundraising planning, strategy, and implementation.
  • Work with academic unit leaders to determine programmatic goals, budgeting, and evaluation of constituent fundraisers.
  • Collaborate with advancement leadership and university colleagues to ensure gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU donors and volunteers.
  • Facilitate successful multi-college/unit projects by ensuring proposals, gift acquisition, and stewardship activities that are donor-centric and that balance individual college/unit needs and requirements.
  • Work with advancement staff and key campus leaders to develop and/or manage an overall fundraising strategic plan that fully deploys advancement’s support services.
  • Build, maintain, and nurture a high-functioning team that is aligned with advancement’s vision, budget, and plans for growth.
  • Effectively lead change throughout the AVP’s areas of influence, emphasizing gift production, collaboration, and professional development. Cultivate a culture of excellence among college fundraisers and development staff by
  • continually setting and achieving goals, learning from missteps, and sharing successes to elevate the team.
  • Accurately and effectively implement a performance management program that provides continual employee feedback and recognition. Conduct regular and timely performance appraisals that inspire accountability, success,
  • continuous improvement, and professional growth.
  • Serve as a member of the Principal Gift Work Group (PGW) and Campaign Strategy team.
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for all staff, exemplifying USU’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Represent Utah State University at alumni events and meetings with current and prospective donors throughout the United States and possibly abroad.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least five years of experience working as a university professional fundraiser with progressive promotion to increased responsibilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current theory and practice in the philanthropic field.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising programming, communications and engagement strategy including emerging social media tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in leading, mentoring and inspiring staff to achieve goals and fostering an attitude of staff responsiveness.
  • Reasonable experience with fundraising techniques, including annual fund activities and organizational campaigns or funding initiatives.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal/relationship-building skills
  • Superior skills in leadership, operations management, board management and fiscal management.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • An advanced academic degree.
  • Significant achievement leading and coaching professional fundraisers with documented success in achieving goals.
  • Experience and success with comprehensive capital campaigns.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Significant accomplishment in major gifts fundraising and closing complex gifts with demonstrated success in closing gifts of $,000,000 or more.
  • Demonstrated experience building successful, productive, and collaborative relationships with top university administrators, deans, and trustees.
  • Demonstrated experience staffing high-end advisory boards and committees.
  • Extensive supervisory and coaching experience of professional staff.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as analytical, research and management skills.
  • Familiarity with fundraising.
  • Maturity, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated success in working with boards and foundations comprised of prominent corporate and community volunteers and alumni.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the use of information technology to support advancement programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with donors, volunteers, and staff members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external audiences.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • Ability to position the President to maximize her potential as a fundraiser for the university.
  • Willingness and ability to travel; evening and weekend work is required
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, staff) from diverse backgrounds.
  • Maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights
The Division of Advancement is a welcoming office where inclusiveness and teamwork are highly valued. Advancement staff are engaged in the meaningful work of securing private financial resources to fuel Utah State University's mission by creating gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU's generous and passionate alumni and friends. Comprising the division are the office of the Vice President, the USU Foundation & Board, Advancement Services, the Alumni Association (Alumni Engagement), Gift Planning, Corporations and Foundations, Strategic Communications, Stewardship, the Annual Fund and ACE (Alumni Center for Engagement). Furthermore, the division coordinates all fundraising efforts across campus, including colleges, various programs, extension campuses, and USU Athletics. Through the collaboration of these units, the Division of Advancement is able to achieve significant annual fundraising goals by inspiring stakeholders to invest their time and resources in Utah State University.
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

*updated 11/2022

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