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Reporting to the UConn Foundation Board of
Directors, the President/CEO of UConn Foundation will provide
vision and direction to a full-scale advancement program across
fundraising, principal and transformational gifts, annual giving,
the current University-wide campaign, alumni affairs, marketing and
communications, and donor relations. The President/CEO of UConn
Foundation will lead the planning, launch, and implementation of
all aspects of the University’s fundraising strategy and be
responsible for further building an organization that is well
aligned with that strategy, driving quality execution to meet
best-in-class expectations. Key to this leader’s success will be
the ability to partner effectively with the University President,
Board of Directors and the University Board of
Trustees, and the academic, athletic, and administrative
leaders within in the University. Specifically, the President/CEO
- Accelerate UConn’s fundraising success by:
- Expanding and diversifying UConn’s donor base.
- Enhancing UConn’s ability to identify and cultivate donors
capable of making major and transformational gifts.
- Cultivating emerging opportunities from non-traditional
- Developing a pipeline of potential donors for the future.
- Recruit, motivate, and mentor a high-performing team and build
a healthy organizational culture.
- Lead long-term design, planning, and implementation of
institutional campaigns and fundraising initiatives.
- Extend alumni engagement to ensure meaningful connections
across a diverse population of alumni, parents, partners, and
- Develop or improve existing processes, systems, and
infrastructure necessary to support a comprehensive advancement
- In concert with the University President and her leadership
team, cultivate a culture of philanthropy within UConn alumni and
The successful candidate will be a seasoned, results-oriented
leader and manager with a track record of successful and impactful
leadership, including change management, within a university
development enterprise or an institution of similar complexity.
Specifically, they will have:
- Proven success in stewarding and closing major and principal
gifts, with a track record of driving fundraising expansion and
growth, preferably including leadership within a campaign
- Successfully cultivated a wide range of donors, alumni, and
volunteers leading to meaningful engagement.
- A track record of recruiting, retaining, and leading a talented
staff of highly functioning and collaborative individuals.
- Experience working productively with boards.
- Experience working across and leading successfully within
complex institutions, multiple stakeholders and partners, and
- Financial fluency.
- Bachelor’s degree or greater.