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

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Reporting directly to the president of Utah Valley University, the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will: act as the chief fundraising officer of UVU and 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 fund-raising responsibilities; and champion UVU’s unique dual educational mission and the need for robust financial support from its target constituent groups.

Expectations of the Successful Candidate:

Build a high-performing development program and team for major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, faculty/staff campaign, stewardship and development services, and alumni relations with focus on increasing philanthropic revenue through corporate, foundation and individual giving. Supervise, coach, and mentor development staff leading to the achievement of goals and oversee the systems and business functions in support of divisional goals and objectives.

Initiate conversations with and provide strategies for senior and volunteer leadership in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding donors and prospects. Personally identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward gifts.

Create and execute a strategic fundraising plan with clearly defined goals, time frames and metrics in consultation with the president.

Seize opportunities to collaborate with the Board of Trustees, the UVU Foundation Board, senior university leadership, and other volunteer advisory boards in identifying opportunities to link programs with philanthropic opportunity. Engage and encourage faculty and staff, when appropriate, to take an active role in supporting fundraising activities.

Oversee the coordination and development of initiatives to capitalize on the university’s success story and engage a broad range of alumni support.

Minimum Qualifications

See preferred qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree and ten years paid related professional experience experience with five years in a leadership role including significant management experience, and knowledge of all phases of development and alumni relations.


Knowledge of fund-raising 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; working hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fund-raising activities ranging from the internal day-to-day to the highly creative, external and visible activities.


Demonstrated ability to collaborate and strategize with a wide range of individuals, departments, boards, and organizations.
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.
Demonstrated ability to relate effectively with internal partners and external constituents through decisive, resourceful and sensitive interaction that generates confidence and support in development initiatives.
Ability to model and teach effective fund-raising 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

Utah Valley University (UVU), the largest public teaching university in the state, seeks an innovative and accomplished professional to serve as its Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations who can build on recent successes and develop a team of talented professionals dedicated to the realization of the University’s mission and vision greater potential. The person who assumes this position will report to the President of the University, Matthew S. Holland, and assume responsibility for the offices of Development, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and Donor Engagement and Scholarship Programs.

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 applicants for this position will have at least ten years of related professional experience, with at least five years in a leadership capacity, including significant management experience, and knowledge of all phases of development and alumni relations.

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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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