Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Principal Gifts

Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) for Development and Principal Gifts (R0123922)



Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.  For more information, visit us on line at:



The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.



The Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) for Development and Principal Gifts reports directly to the Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (P&AE) and serves as a member of the P&AE Executive Team.


Key functioning responsibilities for the SAVP include working closely with the Vice President and the development staff to plan, direct, and coordinate development activities for the key members of the University administration, overseeing the college and unit-based fundraising.


The SAVP works to develop, implement and achieve strategic plans for increasing private support; provides leadership and direction for major gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, planned gifts, annual gifts, donor relations, and prospect management and research; is directly involved in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts; effectively communicates the mission and values of the University; has a working knowledge of current best practices in all aspects of fundraising. The SAVP will also play an integral part in the implementation and execution of a comprehensive campaign.


The SAVP will lead a cross-institutional Development team for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), P&AE. Providing strategic vision and ensuring operational excellence for a comprehensive development program. The SAVP is responsible for leading a collaborative team of high-performing fundraisers that work across the institution and cross-functionally throughout the University to secure gifts supporting university-wide and unit-based priorities, initiatives, and programs.


This position ensures the Development Team has clear strategic objectives, measurable outcomes, aspirational work plans, performance metrics and is well-positioned for university-wide benefit and service. The SAVP will ensure that the development team is effective and maximizes resources to mobilize group achievement and individual growth, and professional development. The position will be responsible for personally managing a portfolio of donors and key prospects


The SAVP, in collaboration with the VP, is responsible for creating a bold, compelling, integrated, comprehensive campaign with measurable, aggressive, and attainable programmatic and fundraising goals. The SAVP will ensure that campaign strategies and tactics align with the fundraising priorities as established by the Vice President.



This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a minimum of seven years of experience in in alumni engagement, fundraising or advancement, a minimum of five years of supervisory and management experience. This position also requires a demonstrated track record of management and leadership with a progressive level of responsibility, a proven ability to build and lead teams within units as well as across an institution to achieve/exceed annual strategic goals and objectives and demonstrated experience working within culturally diverse communities. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.



  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience in higher education
  • A demonstrated ability to plan and implement a comprehensive development program based on best practices, particularly in pre-campaign planning and campaign implementation, including experience working in a complex university environment and managing significant change



  • Working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising including annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, major and principal giving and planned giving; financial and budgetary concepts as well as alumni engagement and advocacy strategies.
  • A deep commitment to higher education, an understanding of UNLV’s mission and goals, and the ability to articulate its uniqueness and relevance
  • Demonstrated success in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and principal gifts
  • Robust quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to understand complex financial records and make decisions based on data
  • Attention to detail and strong work ethic
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills, highly- collaborative and team-oriented
  • Creative, strategic, and forward-thinking
  • Proven ability to successfully manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects; ability to coach other staff in the development and successful management of major and principal gift portfolios
  • Ability to articulate UNLV's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities, and goals with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity and to compel others to action
  • Demonstrated experience and success in planning, organizing, and managing fundraising activities, including campaigns.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities
  • Proven competence in preparing and managing an operating budget, including experience in creating credible philanthropic and financial forecasting models in partnership with leadership
  • An ability to aggressively but realistically set and achieve fundraising goals
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with tactical implementation
  • Proven ability to motivate staff to keep them engaged, energized, and focused on results
  • Ability to cultivate a sense of team effort where diversity, inclusiveness, transparency and open communication are valued



Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding. 


Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada State Legislature during the 31st Special Legislative Session, employees are required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction in compensation from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references (one reference must be a previous or current supervisor) who may be contacted. References will be contacted at the point of final interviews and the final applicants will be informed prior to reference contact. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.


Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on March 31, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or



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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.



UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.