Vice President for Development

Augusta, Georgia
Oct 02, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Vice President is responsible for the overall leadership of University Development at Augusta University and AU Health.

He/She leads all frontline fundraising staff in securing philanthropic support to meet the current and future needs of Augusta University and AU Health.  The Vice President will provide leadership and direction for Augusta University to the functions of Alumni Affairs, Annual Giving, Corporate Giving, Foundation Giving, Major Giving, Planned Giving and Prospect Research and Management.

The Vice President collaborates closely with the Vice President for Foundations, the Augusta University Foundation, The Georgia Health Sciences Foundation and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation in fulfilling their missions, which are primarily focused on providing volunteer leadership and assistance in fundraising.

The Vice President reports to the Executive Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff to the President of Augusta University.


Candidates for the Vice President position must bring professional maturity to the position and documentation of the following skills and characteristics:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Ten years minimum direct fundraising experience in a non-profit organization (preferably higher education and/or healthcare) or equivalent experience, including at least five (5) years of experience in a management /leadership role.
  • Documented leadership skills.
  • Proven track record in donor cultivation and solicitation of gifts greater than $100,000, with an emphasis on seven-figure gifts and larger.
  • Successful experience with the supervision of staff in a complex organization and the management of a multi-faceted program.
  • Highly developed human relation skills leading to the ability to work will with staff and volunteers at all levels in the organization.
  • Strong communication skills: written, oral, and listening.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including ability to manage multiple relationships.
  • Computer literacy and internet skills.
  • Strong task orientation and high level of energy.
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful development professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with colleagues, senior leadership of the Augusta University and AU Health, volunteers and constituents.
  • Affinity to the overall mission of Augusta University and a deep belief in the vision of the President.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

The Vice President serves as the Chief Development Officer for Augusta University and AU Health, and as such his/her primary duties include:

  • Developing and implementing the short- and long-term leadership and vision necessary to significantly increase the fundraising capabilities and opportunities for Augusta University and AU Health.
  • Providing active leadership and guidance in the planning, design and implementation of major comprehensive fundraising campaigns and ensures that those campaigns’ purposes have broad support among the University’s Deans and Directors and are consistent with University strategic plans.
  • Increasing philanthropic revenue that is available to Augusta University and AU Health for current and future expenditure.
  • Carrying a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects to cultivate and solicit for philanthropic investment.
  • Managing the strategic utilization of the University President and Executive Leadership in the cultivation and solicitation of their respective portfolios of major and principle gift prospects.
  • Through collaboration with the Vice President for Foundations, managing and utilizing the time of Foundation Trustees and other university volunteers in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major and principle gift prospects.
  • Engaging, training, and developing university leaders in proper fundraising techniques and issues.
  • Oversight and implementation of a comprehensive alumni engagement plan that utilizes volunteer groups, alumni events, communications and marketing, social media and other avenues to more closely connect AU graduates with their alma mater.
  • Overseeing of a budget that supports the personnel and business operations of University Development.
  • Recruiting, retaining, and developing strong staff through provision of constructive feedback based on assessed strengths and weaknesses to ensure achievement of overall performance, objective and quality standards and compliance with all license, registration, and/or certification requirements.
  • Establishing key metrics and performance goals for all development teams and staff.
  • Facilitating professional growth of staff by accurately assessing learning needs, styles, and barriers to learning and coordinating learning opportunities in conjunction with staff.
  • Serving as a key spokesperson for Augusta University and AU Health on philanthropic issues by promoting and communicating the vision of the Augusta and AU Health, and participating in speaking engagements to convey Augusta University's initiatives, community accomplishments and benefits.
  • Collaborating with other departments within the Office of External Relations (and other units as needed), to share Augusta University's vision, goals and accomplishments with external audiences.
  • To actively participate in community programs, on civic and charitable boards, and with other organizations that advance the community image and the visibility of Augusta University.

The Community

Augusta is one of Georgia’s largest metropolitan areas and is within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, and Charlotte, as well as mountains and beaches. The area provides very affordable housing options and is well-known for golf. Augusta is one of the leading medical centers in the southeast. In addition to the Health Sciences Campus, which includes the Medical College of Georgia and the Child Health Discovery Institute, the city is home to the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Eisenhower Hospital, a regional state mental hospital, and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center with both general medical and psychiatric campuses. The psychology department has professional relationships with these sites, facilitating collaborative research for faculty and internship placement for students. For further information about the department, visit our website at

How to Apply

Candidate materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications will be received electronically by:

Sharon R. Wingard

Executive Search Consultant

Augusta University

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.

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