Associate Vice President for University Advancement/Campaign Director

Denver, Colorado
Feb 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Metropolitan State University of Denver in the search for an Associate Vice President for University Advancement/Campaign Director.


The AVP/Campaign Director serves as a leader in driving and overseeing the transformational, major, planned, and annual fundraising activities of the Development Team. Reporting to the Vice President of University Advancement/Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation and serving on the senior leadership team, the AVP/Campaign Director will also direct a planned $50M to $75M comprehensive capital campaign currently being tested in a feasibility study. The AVP/Campaign Director will manage a team of gift officers, the prospect research team, and support staff 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 will assist the Vice President of University Advancement in overall departmental leadership and establishing and maintaining strategic direction for both the campaign and the division.


MSU Denver is a comprehensive, baccalaureate- and master’s-degree granting urban university that offers arts and sciences, professional, and business courses and programs to a diverse student population. MSU Denver has transformed the lives of more than 90,000 people in Denver and Colorado through affordable degree programs, innovative public-private partnerships, and a commitment to diversity. MSU Denver provides a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society. To fulfill its mission, MSU Denver’s diverse university community engages the community-at-large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity, and the application of knowledge. MSU Denver’s location is in the heart of the state’s largest metropolitan area, and its mission of accessibility, diversity, and academic excellence, embody entrepreneurial and courageous principles in providing a relevant education. Its educational programs are aimed at meeting the needs of the local and state economy, Colorado businesses, and the community organizations that fuel them.


The MSU Denver Foundation is a nonprofit, direct-support corporation with a mission to promote the development and general welfare of the University by receiving, investing, and administering private support. Originally established in 1965 to purchase a house for the first president of the University, the Foundation now defines itself as an organization dedicated to promoting the University in the community and raising funds for University departments, programs, and student scholarships. As the University has matured, so has the Foundation and it has grown to include community leaders, heads of foundations, and CEOs from the most celebrated businesses in Colorado.


A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least 7 years of professional fundraising experience in higher education or other non-profits; 5 years of supervisory experience of major gift fundraisers; and 5 years of experience building and leading teams in achieving measurable results. A Master’s degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.


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