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Vice Chancellor For Advancement

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Vice Chancellor for Advancement

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

Reporting jointly to the President & CEO of The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. (UTFI),  the Senior Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President (SVC/SVP) of The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), and the Vice Chancellor for Advancement for University of Tennessee, Knoxville (VC-UTK), the Vice Chancellor is the chief advancement officer for UTIA and is responsible for achieving UTIA’s advancement goals and objectives (fundraising, engagement and advocacy). For more information on the position and UTIA click here


DUTIES: Specific duties include:

  1. Develop a culture of philanthropy across the UTIA by building partnerships with the Deans, Department Heads, and faculty and serving their units.
  2. The UT Foundation has set a five-year goal to raise $1.25 billion in support and to increase the donor base to 78,000 by 2025.UT Knoxville (inclusive of UTIA) has set a five year goal to raise $918,000,000 in support and to increase the donor base to 58,000 donors by 2025.
    1. Lead UTIA’s part of this initiative, with a target of generating $85 million over this timeline and expanding the donor base to 4,900 by 2025.
  3. Serve on the UTIA SVC/SVP’s executive leadership team.
  4. Serve on the UTK Advancement leadership team and the UTFI President’s Executive Leadership team.
  5. Serve as an integral part of the greater UT Knoxville campus advancement team, working closely with Vice Chancellor of Advancement to develop and discuss goals, priorities and strategic planning.
  6. Other duties as may be jointly assigned by the UTFI President & CEO, UTIA SVC/SVP and the UTK Vice Chancellor of Advancement.
  7. Embrace the University of Tennessee’s “Be One UT” Philosophy.
  8. Work closely with other lead advancement officers on campus to collaborate, coordinate, and partner on gifts and fundraising initiatives.
  9. Set clear direction, priorities and measurable goals for the advancement professionals and administrative personnel. Confirm annual performance objectives, metrics, and standards in an environment of best practices. Enhance professional development and career planning opportunities for staff.
  10. Assess the effectiveness and potential of the existing fundraising program; serve as the architect and builder of a strategic, cohesive, and systematic fundraising operation that is reflective of industry best practices and in keeping with the mission of the institution.
  11. Craft and implement a sophisticated and comprehensive multi-year fundraising and engagement strategy that will drive philanthropic support for institutional priorities; inspire and challenge the UTIA community to meet significant annual fundraising capabilities.
  12. Set clear direction, priorities and measurable goals for the advancement professionals and administrative personnel. Confirm annual performance  objectives, metrics, and standards in an environment of best practices. Enhance professional development and career planning opportunities for staff.
  13. Guide and support the UTIA SVC/SVP, serving as a partner, advisor and co-strategist in cultivating and soliciting major and principal gifts.
  14. Serve as a highly visible representative of UTIA to a wide variety of internal and external audiences with expected strong connections across the state.
  15. Travel regularly, regionally and nationally to meet with potential donors and alumni in the cultivation of major gifts and routinely sponsor and attend special events.
  16. Maintain a leadership style that is open and fluid, capable of inspiring, empowering, and motivating staff. Foster a work environment that recognizes and rewards performance, supports new ideas, builds confidence, and encourages interaction and teamwork.
  17. Engage with UTIA and UTK volunteer leadership.
  18. Maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with:
    • UTFI development and alumni affairs staff at the system, campus and institute levels
    • UTIA staff involved in governmental and public relations, and
    • UTIA staff involved in outreach to the agricultural community in the State of Tennessee.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate is a demonstrated leader in philanthropy and relationship building. He or she will have managed a high performance program in the past and will bring a combination of strong business intellect and in-depth knowledge of effective fundraising strategies and operations to provide management oversight, leadership and strategic direction to the position. Specific qualifications include:

  1. A compelling track record leading philanthropic efforts for a large and complex organization with demonstrated advancement career progression. Experience with land grant universities and experience with a large, multi-campus environment are preferred but not required. Depth of knowledge of tax-advantaged and incented giving plans is also desired.
  2. Effective interpersonal skills, an engaging manner and the capacity to influence, inspire and motivate executive leadership, donors, prospects, volunteers and staff, both within UTIA and beyond. The ability to foster connections among members of these groups and to nurture strong and long-lasting individual and corporate relationships.
  3. An understanding and appreciation of the value of active and informed alumni and citizens and their roles in the enhancement of a land grant university.
  4. Specific experience managing and leading major gift campaigns and demonstrated ability to solicit major gifts.
  5. Demonstrated communications and writing skills. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective written communication vehicles for diverse stakeholders.
  6. Knowledge, ability and personality necessary to convey to alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and other contributors the need, propriety and benefit of private giving to institutions of public higher education.

Bachelor’s degree required with significant years of advancement experience with increasing level of responsibility; an advanced degree is preferred.

First preference for applications received by Monday, August 21, 2023.  Applicant information will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

 The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Ag Development Pay
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 18, 2023, 3:33:00 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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