Executive Director Of Development

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Executive Director of Advancement

College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

UT Foundation

The University of Tennessee Foundation seeks applications and nominations for an experienced, creative, highly organized and motivated leader with exceptional fundraising skills to serve as Executive Director of Advancement for the College of Arts & Sciences in Knoxville.

The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and overall supervision for the advancement efforts within the College of Arts & Sciences, which represents the largest alumni base, the most academic departments of any college, and offers a wide variety of programs to support.  This position will manage three (3) Directors of Development, an Assistant Director of Annual Giving, an Associate Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, a Senior Advancement Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant.  Furthermore, this person will work closely with the regional major gift team, the corporate and foundation engagement team, and the gift planning team to maximize support for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Currently, the college receives approximately $18-20 million annually in campaign counting gifts and $6-8 million annually in cash gifts received from 6,000 donors. 

In addition to these leadership responsibilities, this position will maintain a significant prospect portfolio working with some of the university’s most generous alumni and friends.  It is anticipated that this position will make 150+ visits, drive 30+ proposals, and close gifts exceeding $6-7.5 million annually.

This person will work closely with the Dean and have the opportunity to interact with numerous Department Heads who are active fundraising academic leaders.  They will collaborate with this person to foster a successful fundraising environment across the college. 

The Executive Director reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement within the UT Foundation.  The Associate Vice Chancellor has oversight of the College of Arts & Sciences as well as four other units in Advancement including the Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business.

The Executive Director will serve on the leadership team in Advancement and well as on the Dean’s leadership team in the College of Arts & Sciences.  The Office of Advancement aspires to be a top SEC fundraising program and create a culture across campus that appreciates philanthropy and volunteerism.

The successful candidate must have a:

    Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.Proven successful track record of eight plus years major gift fundraising with a familiarity in applying data analytics and metrics to drive fundraising results.An individual with talents in leadership, collaboration, organization, and strategic thinkingAbility and willingness to travel.Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative actionTwo plus years of management and supervisory experience. 
Desired qualifications:

    Experience in and/or direct familiarity with capital campaigns, annual giving, and planned giving.Knowledge of fundraising databases.Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and related software.Ability to serve a diverse constituency.
In order to be considered for candidacy, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Maureen Huminik

Vice President


[email protected]

About the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest, most comprehensive, and most diverse of the eleven colleges at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Its twenty-two academic departments and schools, seven centers and institutes, and thirteen interdisciplinary programs span the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the visual and performing arts.

More than 8,000 undergraduate students have an academic home in one of the college’s sixty undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs. The college also offers more than fifty graduate programs and is home to 1,400 graduate students. The college’s academic programs are served by more than 700 faculty members, who also provide the university’s entire undergraduate student body with core instruction in the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences. Our tenure-track/tenured faculty maintain vibrant programs of research, scholarship, and creative activity, through which they advance the frontiers of knowledge and train undergraduate and graduate students to become independent and engaged scholars.

The college is committed to the long-standing traditions of the liberal arts. It seeks to promote in all its students the values of free and bold intellectual inquiry, vibrant and effective civic engagement, and an understanding of our nation’s and our world’s rich cultural heritages.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Knoxville Development Pay
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 9, 2021, 3:16:26 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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