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 responsibilities.
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 priorities.
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 goal.
- 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 fundraising.
- Focus on major gifts and building a donor pipeline.
- Consistently meet or exceed team dollar and activity goals.
- 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 appropriate.
- 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 the University.
- 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 responsibilities.
- 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 academic/administrative leaders.
- 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 effectively.
- 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 education setting.
- 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 period
Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends as required
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 accepted.
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.
The University 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 the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
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