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Cedar Falls, Iowa


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with University of Northern Iowa in the search for a Vice President for University Advancement.

Reporting to President Mark Nook and serving as a member of the President's Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President for University Advancement will serve as the chief development officer of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), President of the UNI Foundation, President of the UNI Research Foundation, and President of the UNI Properties Corporation. The Vice President will oversee, coordinate, and implement all fundraising, research, investments, accounting, outreach, advancement communications, alumni relations, and information services for the university’s advancement operations. This includes the formulation and implementation of policies and programs relative to the financial support of the university from all philanthropic sources and the oversight of cohesive communications of those initiatives including foundation policies. The Vice President will develop, maintain, and support a strong UNI Foundation Board of Trustees with strategic direction; oversee and provide advice and counsel to the UNI Alumni Association; and develop and implement an advancement master plan including strategic planning, implementation, and execution of all fundraising campaigns to support the mission and direction of the university.

UNI has a long and rich history of service dating back to its founding in 1876 as an institution created for and devoted to the training of teachers. True to its roots, UNI continues to emphasize hands-on service learning and retains the proud distinction of being Iowa’s number-one teacher education program. Academically, UNI is composed of four colleges; College of Business Administration, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and College of Education. UNI offers more than 90 majors, giving students the opportunity to explore a variety of interests and preparing them for success after college. Outside of the classroom, UNI’s vibrant campus is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations, 17 Division I collegiate sports teams, and a multitude of fine arts opportunities.

UNI is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. UNI College of Business Administration has an outstanding reputation thanks to its small, selective MBA program which has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's top part-time MBA programs. Within the College of Business is an Accounting program that stands as a national leader boasting a 70% pass rate (national average is 33%) on all four parts of the CPA examination. UNI is ranked second in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report and 20th among all public and private Midwest regional universities. UNI was ranked among the top "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and as one of the "25 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year."

UNI is consistently named to The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The Carnegie Foundation granted the University of Northern Iowa a special designation in Community Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. This designation reflects the foundation's recognition of UNI's strong commitment to community service on a local, regional, national, and global level.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation. Protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

A bachelor’s degree plus at least seven years of progressive advancement experience; experience in development, campaign planning, and execution; demonstrated involvement of stakeholders; demonstrated record of effective and successful fundraising; and progressive experience in annual giving, planned giving, and major gifts is required. Master’s degree and experience in a higher education environment preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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Job No: 51813
Posted: 3/18/2019
Application Due: 5/17/2019
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