Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development-University Advancement

Colorado, Denver, USA
May 30, 2017
University of
Executive Administration Jobs
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking two experienced, driven and passionate fundraising leaders to join our Advancement team as the Assistant Vice Chancellors for Development. This is a unique opportunity for talented, seasoned fundraising professionals to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Vice Chancellor Armin Afsahi. The Assistant Vice Chancellors will work with a community of talented professionals united to advance this mission, representing the bold ideas of our faculty to inspire philanthropy and engagement. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, this position is a key leader in advancing the philanthropic culture of the University of Denver by strategically driving a variety of core development programs forward. The Assistant Vice Chancellors are each responsible for leading 4-6 small development teams, including school/college/unit-based teams as well as one or more teams specialized in either gift planning, parent & family giving, foundation relations, or individual giving. These professionals will lead their respective teams as strong managers, coaches and mentors. They will motivate team members toward individual and collective goal achievement, deepen employee engagement and support learning and professional development across the advancement team. The Assistant Vice Chancellors will also play a key role in developing and enhancing relationships with major and principal gift prospects, discovering their philanthropic passions, and aligning them with the funding priorities that are emerging from the DU Impact 2025 strategic plan. The Assistant Vice Chancellors will develop and mature assigned portfolios of major and principal gift donors in pursuit of individual fundraising goals set annually in collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor. Additionally, s/he will collaborate with Advancement leadership, colleagues, and university administrators to establish short- and long-term strategies and monitor progress toward goals. The Advancement team is highly collaborative in its work and builds extensive value-added relationships with its campus partners.

Essential Functions

  • Leadership
    • Support the day-to-day productivity and achievement of multiple small fundraising teams, as well as facilitating recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development of those team members. The Assistant Vice Chancellor directly supervises 5-7 FTEs and indirectly supervises an additional 7-10 FTEs.
    • As a leader in DU Advancement, provide strategy, guidance, and direction in support of the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University of Denver.
    • Engage in the advancement goal-setting process for fundraising and engagement metrics.
    • The Assistant Vice Chancellor is also responsible for effectively managing his/her operating budget as well as the associated program budgets under his/her purview. This includes monitoring transactions and participating in budget modeling and forecasting processes.
  • Fundraising
    • This position is responsible for engaging philanthropic support for campus-wide priorities.
    • The Assistant Vice Chancellor will develop meaningful and productive relationships with a portfolio of major and principal gift donors including alumni, friends and parents.
    • This position is accountable to an annual fundraising goal of $2 million 5 million. Specific goals within that range will be established each year in consultation with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.
    • This position is also accountable to annual goals related to the quantity of successful major gift closures and in-person meaningful contacts. Such goals will be established annually in consultation with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.
  • University Citizenship
    • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
    • Contribute to team success.
    • Model One DU leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • 10 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
  • 7 years of experience managing personnel, to include at least 3-5 years managing other fundraising professionals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience working in higher education.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional evenings and weekends.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

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