Vice Chancellor for Development

The University System of Georgia (USG) is one of the nation’s largest and leading public higher education systems. The USG is governed by the Board of Regents and is committed to creating a more educated Georgia that is prepared for the global, knowledge economy by increasing degree completion, ensuring academic excellence, spurring research and creativity, driving business creation, and making efficient use of resources. Increasing the number of Georgians with a college degree is a top priority of the USG and Complete College Georgia. The USG emphasizes accountability, partnerships, performance, value, and global competitiveness to help achieve this goal.  Our organizational core values founded upon the principles of Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect.

The USG is accepting applications for the Vice Chancellor for Development. The Vice Chancellor will work closely with the University System of Georgia Foundation (USGF), the philanthropic arm of and separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supporting the Board of Regents. The USGF is dedicated to supporting and advancing the work of the USG in alignment with our organizational strategic plan. The USGF is committed to demonstrating a high level of fiduciary responsibility and maximizing fund growth at an acceptable level of risk. A top priority of the USGF is to increase the amount of need-based scholarships available to USG students.

Reporting to the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the Vice Chancellor for Development is responsible for USGF organizational management, board relations, staff management/ development, financial management, communications and external relations, and fund development and donor relations.  Additionally, the Vice Chancellor for Development will be responsible for the oversight of USGF held real estate subsidiaries and the corresponding Real Estate Management Board.

This position will work closely with the Regents, Chancellor, and other USG senior leadership in executing all aspects of USGF’s development, communications, fundraising and real estate matters. In addition, the Vice Chancellor for Development with support and train development officers at USG institutions as needed. This position will serve as a liaison to the USGF Board of Trustees. This position will require extensive state-wide travel as well as occasional national travel as well.

The ideal candidate will possess a record of leadership and accomplishment in the field of development and will have a proven track record of fundraising success, especially with campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitations.  This individual must be an affable, tenacious, fiscally prudent, forward thinking, results oriented development expert with an exemplary background of demonstrated success in building relationships as well as leading a modern, complex development effort. This individual must be able to work effectively in a small shop environment.  Other essential qualities include exemplary interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, integrity, belief in accountability, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking and planning skills as well as the ability to build positive rapport and work effectively with a diverse and wide range of constituencies.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Lead, oversee and/or coordinate all fundraising activities including, major gifts programs, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.
  • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of major gift prospects in all phases of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Serve as an exemplary USG advocate in the community and build relationships that closely link the USG with local and state initiatives.
  • Increase the USG annual fund
  • Develop corporate and foundation relations
  • Understand and execute appropriate messaging and communications
  • Actively engage and participate in the advancement profession while raising the visibility and awareness of USG initiatives at the local, state and national level.
  • Oversee current real estate subsidiaries and future acquisitions.
  • Support fundraising at USG institutions and provide training as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A bachelor’s degree and ten years of experience as a senior level advancement professional is required.
  • Strong organizational, supervisory, and leadership capabilities are also required.
  • Familiar with the structure of the University System of Georgia.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A graduate degree and/or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is preferred.