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The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA). 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) serves as the chief strategist in seeking philanthropic support for the institution. The VPIA plays a major leadership role in planning, organizing, managing, and resourcing the University’s development and alumni relations programs, including a recently launched major comprehensive campaign.

The VPIA works directly with the president, vice presidents, deans, and directors to establish fundraising priorities and strengthen both the central development effort, as well as development efforts at the college and unit levels to increase private support for University priorities.

The University of Utah is among the nation’s top 25 public universities in attracting private resources for investment in its programs, capital needs, and endowment.  It has been actively raising private funds for more than four decades and has completed three successful comprehensive campaigns. Volunteer leadership at the University is strong, including its Board of Trustees, National Advisory Council, and experienced volunteer boards at the college and unit levels. This is a time of great excitement at the University because of the very positive leadership being provided by the University’s new President, Ruth V. Watkins.

The University’s most recent comprehensive campaign concluded in 2014, raising $1.65B from some 130,000 donors.  The University raised a total of $281 million in new commitments in FY 2017-18 and as of early August had raised just over $1B in the quiet phase of the new comprehensive campaign (Imagine New Heights). The University’s endowment stands at more than $1B.

The University of Utah’s development program combines a strong Central Advancement Office, which provides support to colleges and units, with a strong culture of
fund raising at the college and unit level. All of the University’s colleges, and most of its major units, have their own development officers who rely on the central office for services.  Most chief advancement officers in the colleges report jointly to both their dean and to the Central Advancement Office. As part of its new campaign, the University is increasing its advancement investment at both the central and college/unit levels.

The University of Utah has more than 280,000 worldwide alumni.  The University recently completed a successful national search process resulting in the hiring of a new Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, a position that reports to the VPIA.  In addition to this position, the University is well served by a group of dedicated alumni volunteers, represented by an active Alumni board.

The University seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement who will provide expertise, energy, a fresh perspective and new approaches to all facets of a modern, successful and constantly striving program of advancement for a top national research university and Utah’s flagship university.

Qualities and Qualifications
The University seeks an outstanding leader in the advancement field with proven success in fundraising, particularly in principal gifts, alumni relations, and capital or comprehensive campaigns.  The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive expertise in all areas of development, a commitment to and knowledge of higher education, and experience in building and leading high performing development teams.  The successful candidate will be comfortable with a variety of cultures, demonstrating respect and tolerance.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Inspiring and clear communication skills, able to establish strong relationships with staff, faculty, donors, alumni, the business community, government and other constituencies;
  • The ability to articulate the University of Utah’s mission, vision, needs, and aspirations with enthusiasm and clarity;
  • The ability to understand and work effectively within the complexities of a major research university;
  • Experience with alumni relations including the coordination of alumni functions with development efforts;
  • Integrity and high ethical standards;
  • Strong analytical and strategic planning skills;
  • Creativity and a willingness to explore new ideas and approaches;
  • The ability to motivate and lead people through change;
  • A commitment to efficiency and performance;
  • Global knowledge and local understanding;
  • A commitment to intellectual development and academic pursuits.

Minimum qualifications will include:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education required; master’s preferred;
  • At least 10 years of progressively more responsible experience in advancement, with a proven track record of success at the college or institutional level;
  • At least five years of experience in higher education, at a comprehensive institution; with at least 10,000 students preferred;
  • Experience holding a major role, including securing seven-figure gifts, in a comprehensive campaign of at least $250M.

Interested parties should apply by October 7, 2018. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and references with email addresses and telephone numbers. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will be held confidential. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from applicants. Application review will begin immediately. Initial interviews are expected to occur in mid-October.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Summit Search Solutions, Inc.:

Sr. Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 828-645-8967
Mobile: 828-216-6606

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request
disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

Institution: The University of Utah
This is a full time position

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