Associate Vice President of Collegiate Development
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Commensurate with experience, plus
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
- At least five years of experience working as a university
professional fundraiser with progressive promotion to increased
- 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
- Reasonable experience with fundraising techniques, including
annual fund activities and organizational campaigns or funding
- Excellent communication, presentation and
- Superior skills in leadership, operations management, board
management and fiscal management.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- An advanced academic degree.
- Significant achievement leading and coaching professional
fundraisers with documented success in achieving goals.
- Experience and success with comprehensive capital
- 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
- Extensive supervisory and coaching experience of professional
- 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
- Demonstrated success in working with boards and foundations
comprised of prominent corporate and community volunteers and
- 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
- Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders
(students, alumni, faculty, staff) from diverse backgrounds.
- Maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations.
Along with the online application, please attach:
- Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in
the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
- Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
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
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
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