Associate Vice President for University Advancement/Campaign Director

Denver, CO
Jan 04, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The Associate Vice President of University Advancement/Campaign Director reports to the Vice President of University Advancement (VPUA)/Executive Director of the MSU-Denver Foundation and serves on the senior leadership team, and as a leader in driving and overseeing the transformational, major, planned, and annual fundraising activities of the Development Team.

This position will direct a planned $50M – $75M comprehensive capital campaign currently being tested in a feasibility study. The AVP/Campaign Director will also manage a team of gift officers while building and maintaining an active portfolio of high-level donors. As a member of University Advancement’s senior leadership team, the AVP/Campaign Director assists the VPUA in overall departmental leadership and establishing and maintaining strategic direction for both the campaign and the division.

Posting Number

Position Title
Associate Vice President for University Advancement/Campaign Director

Position Number
E 875

Salary for Announcement

The salary range is $104,636 – $131,286. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Relocation costs may be negotiable.

Employee Category

VP Institutional Advancem

EClass Code
Full Time Administrators


80% Fundraising
• Manage a portfolio of 75-150 major gift donors that includes predominantly individuals and some corporations and foundations.
• Achieve fiscal goals and metrics related to donor visits, solicitations, and gifts and pledges closed.
• Generate major gift strategies and proposals that directly support the University’s top fundraising priorities based on its strategic plan and major initiatives.
• In conjunction with the VP and campaign counsel, direct a comprehensive capital campaign which entails the following;
o Determining the endowment, program and capital priorities for the campaign and identify prospects
o Oversee design and printing (leveraging internal or external vendors) of all campaign collateral: case statements; campaign video(s) and all supporting documents including naming opportunities
o Lead the activities of the volunteer campaign steering committee and (in concert with the VPUA) fundraising solicitations of the MSU-Denver Foundation Board of Directors
o Galvanize efforts campus-wide to promote and build a culture of philanthropy
• Collaborate with industry advisory councils and/or foundation project initiatives/task forces as assigned to engage volunteers in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects.
• Engage various University faculty, staff, and administrative leaders in partnerships to cultivate and/or solicit major gift donors.
• Collaborate with the staff, faculty, volunteers, and U.A. prospect research to expand, qualify, and diversify the donor base and prospect pipeline for identifying funding priorities.

20% Management and Team Leadership
• Lead a team of major gift, annual gift, and planned gift fundraisers in setting and achieving goals related to donor visits, solicitations, and gifts and pledges closed.
• Plan and facilitate regular Major Gift Prospect Management meetings to drive strategy needed to accomplish fundraising goals.
• Represent U.A. and/or the VP as an active participant on various task forces and/or committees assigned.
• Provide updates to the VP and other administrative staff on the status of fundraising performance, staff-related matters, and campus updates; keep VP informed of any and all critical issues.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to engage, influence, and build effective, goal-oriented relationships.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as an integral member of a team.
• Ten years’ of professional fundraising experience in higher education or other non-profits with demonstrated success in personally soliciting and closing six and seven-figure gifts.
• Five years’ supervisory experience of major gift fundraisers, including establishing goals and objectives, setting performance standards, and holding direct reports accountable to meeting those standards.
• Five Years’ experience building and leading teams in achieving measurable results.
• Experience working with university or non-profit faculty and staff on conceptualizing and implementing complex and strategic procedures to raise funds for organizational priorities.
• Five years’ experience using Raiser’s Edge or similar contact management database software.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree.
• Fifteen years’ of professional fundraising experience in higher education or other non-profits with demonstrated success in personally soliciting and closing six and seven-figure gifts.
• Ten years’ experience leading a comprehensive capital campaign in a university/college setting at all phases (pre-silent phase; silent or nucleus phase; leadership or public phase; campaign wrap-up and conclusion phase)
• Ten years’ experience working productively with volunteers on advisory or development/foundation boards to achieve fundraising goals.

Posting date

Closing Instructions
Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting is open until filled.


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