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Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus (Hybrid Role)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
The salary range for this position is $250,000 to $325,000 annually.
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2022

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Utah in the search for a Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus.

Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will implement advancement programs designed to generate revenue in a donor-centric, sustainable fashion. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will be a leader and partner, helping to lead all campus (non-health) fundraising staff including academic, student services, athletics, and community-facing units, providing strong overall leadership for all aspects of the university’s advancement program. In collaboration with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, University of Utah Health, the Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will provide visionary leadership for University Advancement, developing and executing plans to ensure that the university can rely on an increasing and sustainable flow of philanthropic support. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will be called upon to provide leadership in a number of crucial areas, including increasing fundraising productivity and success, maintaining a portfolio of major donors, focusing on advancing the university's scholarship and student support programs, and working closely with the Provost to grow support for campus-wide (non-health) initiatives.

The University of Utah is the state’s public flagship institution and top-tier research university. It is Utah’s oldest institution of higher education. The university provides its more than 32,000 students opportunities to grow with over 80 undergraduate majors to choose from, and almost as many minors and certificates. An institution on the rise, Utah Athletics was invited to join the Pac-12 due to both its sporting prowess and the university’s strong academic and scientific research achievements. It also boasts the lowest tuition among its Pac-12 and Big10 public peers and the lowest student-to-faculty ratio (18:1) of Utah public institutions. With an endowment of approximately $1 billion, there is a strong network of alumni and friends that care deeply about the institution and its continued success.

The University of Utah is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 137 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. The University of Utah is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranks dozens of the university’s programs in the top 100 in the nation. It has also been ranked first for best online college for bachelor’s degree programs, best online college for master’s degree programs, and best online for doctoral degree programs by The site also ranks the University of Utah among the 20 best online colleges for adults going back to school. College Magazine ranks it among the top ten best colleges for cinephiles. As an institution with a strong business school, The Princeton Review has named the university among the top 25 for online MBA programs and entrepreneurship. The University of Utah is also a great place to work, having been ranked third amongst America’s best employers for women by Forbes.

The University of Utah raised $415 million in fiscal year 2022 from more than 40,000 alumni, grateful patients, and friends of the university. University Advancement bases its work on donor-centric and One U collaborative principles and provides central services to development professionals across the campus. This includes gift processing, prospect management and research, information systems, annual giving, legacy giving, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, as well as strategy and planning. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus also manages frontline fundraising for the non-health academic colleges, student support initiatives, and community-facing organizations. In FY22, these areas accounted for $247 million of the total dollars raised and 37,000 of the donors.

As a part of the University of Utah, University Advancement is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). It embraces this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, it recognizes that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. It highly encourages applications from historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to the team.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least ten years of professional fundraising experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the University of Utah as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $250,000 to $325,000 annually. This role may provide an opportunity for a hybrid (3 days on-site and 2 days remote weekly) work environment.

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