The Vice President (VP) for University Development and Alumni Engagement (UDAE) provides vision, strategic direction, and executive management of all development operations. The VP secures external support for BVU through capital campaigns, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and other programs. The VP is tasked with inspiring staff and leading in a manner consistent with institutional goals and objectives. The VP builds relationships with a broad range of constituents including current and prospective donors, alumni, and business, and community leaders.
The VP reports directly to the President and is a member of the President’s Council. The UDAE Team currently has a staff of 13. The new VP will be charged with strategically reviewing the current organizational structure, staff functions and staffing levels with an understanding that the President will support strategic growth with a focus of a return on investment.
In addition, the VP will serve as liaison to the Advancement Committee and Trusteeship Committee of the BVU Board of Trustees.
- Provide vision, strategic direction, and executive management of the development and engagement function at BVU, supportive of the university’s goals and objectives.
- Lead, manage, supervise, and direct all areas of the development office including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, special events fundraising, alumni engagement, and campus programming.
- Assist in prioritizing the fundraising needs of the University, as well as design and successfully implement the University's next capital campaign.
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift donors and prospects, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, for the purpose of negotiating and closing various planned giving arrangements, major outright gifts, capital gifts, and endowment gifts.
- Work closely with the President to cultivate and successfully solicit key leadership donors and prospects.
- Develop major policies in consultation with the President and Advancement Committee of the BVU Board of Trustees
- In consultation with the President, set annual, short- and long-term fundraising and alumni/parent/community engagement goals for the University.
- Develop an energetic and robust workplace environment that fosters a culture of teamwork, collaboration, performance accountability, and commitment to excellence.
- Hire, supervise, and evaluate development staff and establish clear goals and objectives for development and engagement staff
Experience and Critical Attributes
- Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional advancement experience. Advanced degree desirable.
- Experience in setting and achieving ambitious goals in addition to possessing a strong advancement background with a proven track record of successful leadership in a high-performing development program.
- Higher education experience is desirable.
- An understanding of academic culture combined with a deep appreciation for the power and value of the University’s mission, and a willingness to support the University’s mission and strategic plan.
- Ability to create and develop aggressive and highly effective strategies for the development function at Buena Vista University.
- Knowledge of and experience in developing and implementing best practices in development, including the formation of major strategic priorities, and management of key functional areas in development and engagement.
- Ability to build productive relationships with the President’s Council and other senior academic leaders, faculty, development colleagues, corporate leaders, philanthropists, alumni, Board of Trustees, and other constituents.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to governance structures and practices in higher education.
- Confidence and the ability to provide advice, as needed, and to serve as a strategic thought partner with campus leadership and key colleagues.
- Professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal and listening skills, highly organized, disciplined, and the ability to relate easily to a wide range of groups.
- Leadership, flexibility, efficiency, attention to detail, the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for a wide variety of assignments.
- Tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality in dealing with members of the Buena Vista University community and donors.
- Proven ability to recruit and retain high-performing team members.
- Outstanding ability to motivate and empower staff to get results.
- Strong writing, editing, and speaking skills.
- Ability to represent the University in a variety of settings as required.
- Willingness and ability to travel, and attend evening and weekend activities.