COO-UVU Foundation and Sr. Director of Development Services - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Under the direction of the Vice President of Development and Alumni, the Sr. Director of Development oversees development services units within the Division of Development and Alumni and serves as the UVU Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. The Development Group comprises Development Services, Gift Planning, and Prospect Research. Specific duties of the Associate VP include personally managing and soliciting a modest portfolio of major gifts prospects. The Sr. Director – Development collaborates closely with colleagues leading the Donor Engagement Group and the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Group. As Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation, this individual also oversees the Foundation’s administrative and accounting staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a master’s degree in a directly related field, plus four years of experience related to the Summary of Duties of the position or Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field, plus six years related to the Summary of Duties of the position or any combination of higher education and/or experience totaling ten years.


Knowledge of and significant direct experience with fund raising procedures, techniques, and the ability to apply this knowledge in personal fund raising.

Basic knowledge of contracts and agreements.

Knowledge of the operation of a foundation, including understanding of the required financial, compliance, and regulatory affairs procedures.

Knowledge of best practices in board leadership.

Knowledge of best practices in staff management and mentoring.

Knowledge of fund-raising best-practices and legal, compliance, and ethical constraints.

Knowledge of and direct experience with best practices for comprehensive development campaigns.

Knowledge of best practices in direct solicitation,foundation accounting, prospect research, gift planning, stewardship, annual giving, and development services, including gift accounting, gift processing, and development technology and database operations.

Knowledge of tax law pertaining to philanthropy.

Knowledge of general sound business practices.

Knowledge of budgeting procedures.


Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, poise, and professionalism.

Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.

Robust skills in reading, understanding, and evaluating legal documents.

Strong aptitude with standard office productivity software, which must include MS Office programs.


Strong ability to think conceptually, globally, and understand the comprehensive operation of an institution of higher education.

Exceptional ability to lead, analyze information, plan strategically, and make reliable projections.

Ability to build consensus around objectives.

Ability to make direct solicitations.

Ability to assemble, train, and mentor an effective team and motivate that team to achieve specific production goals.

Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Ability to effectively resolve conflicts with staff, colleagues, volunteers, and donors in productive fashion.

Pay Range

$90,000 to $112,000

Special Instructions to Applicants

Under “Reference’s Letter” please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.

Keyword Phrases

  • AVP Development
  • student centered teaching organization
  • building communities of engaged learners
  • beautiful mountain location
  • Development and Fund Raising
  • Development and Fund Raising Executives
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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