Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations reports to the President of the University and is a member of the President’s Cabinet and other senior leadership councils. He or she leads and directs all university fundraising and alumni relations programs and works with members of the University’s Board of Trustees, UVU Foundation Board, and selected advisory boards.

The VPDAR provides the leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to expand and promote the University’s fundraising efforts through building productive relationships with alumni, friends, parents, businesses, faculty, staff, students, corporations, foundations, and community stakeholders.

The VPDAR will:
Act as the chief fundraising officer of UVU and the CEO of the UVU Foundation.
Oversee the overall management of the University’s fundraising and alumni relations programs and activities, including the organization, administration, and assessment of the division.
Provide leadership in designing the University’s fundraising strategy.
Advise the president on the development operations of the university and make recommendations on a wide range of university activities related to development and alumni relations.
Work closely with the Board of Trustees, the UVU Foundation Board, senior university leadership and other volunteer advisory boards to facilitate their fundraising responsibilities.
Champion UVU’s unique dual educational mission and the need for robust financial support from its target constituent groups.

Minimum Qualifications

See preferred qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications for the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations:

The ideal candidate will bring extensive experience and a record of progressive achievement to the position, as well as the ability to develop and implement strategies that recognize and leverage the unique assets and opportunities of the University at this propitious time in its history.
Prime candidates will have at least five years of leadership responsibility for fundraising, including personal solicitation and management of all or most of the programs of annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns, foundation and corporate giving, Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.


Knowledge of fundraising processes, procedures and techniques, including best practices for comprehensive (capital) campaigns.
Knowledge of IRS and State regulations and laws related to charitable giving and non-profit organizations.


Demonstrated skill in strategic planning, project management, and outcomes assessment.
Strong supervisory and management skills that motivate and foster creativity.
Demonstrates high integrity.
Demonstrates decisiveness, resourcefulness, and results-orientation.
Adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through in the development and execution of a variety of fundraising activities.


Demonstrated ability to collaborate and strategize with a wide range of individuals, boards, departments, and organizations.
Demonstrated ability to relate effectively with internal partners and external constituents.
Ability to seek input from a variety of sources, interpret and synthesize the information, and formulate a sound, well-organized development plan.
Ability to collaborate with and secure and maintain the confidence of boards, university leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni prospective donors, and donors.
Ability to model and teaching effective fundraising procedures, techniques and programs to others.
Ability to manage a complex budget consisting of both donated and university funds.
Ability to create, produce, and edit professional documents, publications, and reports.

Pay Range

Commensurate with Exprience

Special Instructions to Applicants


Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. For best consideration, applications should be received by October 26, 2015. Send a letter of application; resume; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references. Calls to references will occur later in the search process and only with prior notification of candidates. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to: The committee is assisted by Dr. Wanda Durrett Bigham, Senior Consultant, who can be reached at or by calling 334-425-6865.

Utah Valley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer.

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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