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Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Engagement

University of Denver
Denver, USA, Colorado

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Alumni Relations & Development
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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About the University of Denver

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

About DU Advancement

In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in the Universitys history, the University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DUs remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising campaign with a bold and courageous goal.

The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking an experienced, driven, and passionate leader to join our Advancement team as the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Engagement. As the University prepares for the launch of its most ambitious campaign, we are seeking a leader to bolster the broad efforts of alumni engagement across the entire University. Working closely with team members who serve as liaisons with the schools and colleges within the University, as well as staff focused on regional and volunteer engagement, this individual will lead a team of talented professionals united in advancing the Universitys mission and inspiring engagement and philanthropy among members of the University of Denver community. Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Networks and Campaign, this leader will inspire growth and forge new pathways for engagement among the community.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor will oversee campus-wide alumni engagement activities as well as programs designed for alumni of specific schools, colleges and units. The University of Denver is unique in its academic portfolio, which boasts both a strong undergraduate experience as well as highly respected graduate and professional schools. Alumni identify with both the institution as well as their specific academic units within it, and the Assistant Vice Chancellor must be creative in his/her approach toward crafting engagement strategies that emphasize the intersection of those identities.

They will also work in partnership with development professionals in the regions to holistically build a culture of engagement and philanthropy in a variety of regional markets. With over sixty percent of the alumni base living outside of Colorado and thousands of parents and friends spread throughout the country, the Assistant Vice Chancellors leadership will be imperative in building and sustaining a strong national cultivation strategy.

Success will be realized in awakening a community of advocates for the University of Denver. This position will require a strong understanding of alumni relations functions, trends and best practices, as well as an innovative and curious mindset with an eagerness to engage people in entirely new ways. The successful incumbent will possess strong organizational savvy and will be able to lead and serve in a highly collaborative environment.

Primary Responsibilities: Campus-Wide Alumni Engagement
  • Responsible for leading a team of engagement professionals who are functionally aligned centrally and who liaison with various schools, colleges, and units.
  • Oversee University-wide engagement opportunities and align campaign and campus-wide programming efforts and priorities to broaden and deepen the base of support for the University.
Regional Advancement and Volunteer Engagement
  • Nurture a sustainable network of volunteers and leaders to effectively scale engagement efforts and facilitate two-way communication that represents the interests and voice of the alumni body and allows the University to communicate needs and news as well as celebrate accomplishments.
  • Lead and manage an active Alumni Council to deepen their engagement and service to the University
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Associate Vice Chancellors leadership team, helping to craft and guide the overarching strategy of DUs engagement enterprise.
  • Provide comprehensive leadership of a highly outbound team that proactively brings DU into a place of greater relevance for employers, alumni, and parents serving as advocates and volunteers. This includes supporting the day-to-day functionality of the alumni engagement team, as well as facilitating recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development.
  • Directly supervise the campus-based alumni engagement team (10-12 full time employees)
  • The Assistant Vice Chancellor is also responsible for effectively managing the alumni engagement operating budget, including monitoring transactions, promoting policy compliance, and assisting in budget modeling and forecasting processes.
University Citizenship
  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative practices.
  • Contribute to team success and model "One DU" leadership.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Must be innovative, curious, and able to challenge long-standing paradigms of alumni relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and units, in a variety of capacities.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time effectively.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and University Officials. Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a non-profit or similar type of organization that partners regularly with volunteers as a part of the core mission of the work
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • 7 years of experience in constituent engagement
  • 5 years of experience managing personnel, with a demonstrated commitment to coaching, mentoring, and developing team members
  • Demonstrated, measurable success in increasing the engagement of a large constituent community
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience leading alumni and/or employer relations in a complex and dynamic higher education setting
  • Experience leading alumni relations activities during a comprehensive campaign

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., some nights and weekends, as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, May 2, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 16.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $130,000-$145,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

The University offers:

Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.

Collaborative, Experiential Learning

Our students work closely with faculty, peers and members of the community on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

In and out of the classroom, our students learn by doing, whether they're collecting data in the field or putting theory into practice in a clinical setting.

The University of Denver Culture

Across the University of Denver’s many divisions, departments, and offices, supervisors are searching for new employees who strive to excel and innovate, prize integrity, and who value the opportunity to engage with the community.  The University is always looking for creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners who want to know more and do more.

At the University of Denver, our culture is steeped in ethics and social responsibility. As a result, our faculty and students represent a wide array of perspectives and enjoy the healthy dialogue that grows out of diversity. University of Maryland, Baltimore

For all their differences, the members of our community are united by a common purpose: They're determined to confront society's most pressing challenges—everything from world health and the global economy to access to education.

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