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Vice President for University Advancement

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2023

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Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President for University Advancement

Job no: 531685
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Development, Executive/Management/Director
Department:University Advancement

Department: Office of the President
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-EXEC-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins

June 9, 2023; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, full curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information of 5 or more references) or expressions of interest to be forwarded to the search firm assisting The University of Oregon (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All nominations and applications should be submitted to the search firm prior to June 9, 2023.
Department Summary

University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon's (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.
Position Summary

The Vice President for University Advancement (VP-UA) is a visionary leader for aligning the University of Oregon's external activities and partnerships to support and achieve an ambitious and aspirational academic vision. The VP-UA provides leadership for the university's fundraising, alumni engagement, and related programs. The vice president serves as the institution's chief fundraising officer, leading strategy for the overall fundraising program and cultivating and soliciting the UO's top, transformational donors.

The VP-UA serves as a member of the president's executive leadership team, working closely with senior administrative and faculty leadership to evaluate university priorities and to design and recommend strategies to achieve those objectives. The VP-UA is an ex-officio member of the University of Oregon Foundation (UOF) Board of Trustees and its executive committee as well as the University of Oregon Alumni Association (UOAA) Board of Directors.

Reporting to the university's newly appointed leader, President Karl Scholz, the VP-UA works closely with the president, the provost, the deans of the schools and colleges, and university vice presidents within the administration. The VP-UA is responsible for building a close partnership with the UOF. The VP-UA's immediate portfolio includes a team of senior leaders specializing in development, stewardship, communications, advancement strategies, and alumni relations, including direct supervision of the Executive Director of the University of Oregon Alumni Association (UOAA, a separate 501(c)(3) staffed through the UO). As a senior leader of a complex division, the VP-UA drives internal equity and inclusion while advancing university priorities and programs that build diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging on campus.

This leader is also responsible for creating, leading, and sustaining a healthy, inclusive culture amongst University Advancement staff, advancing equity, encouraging collaboration across silos, identifying, and encouraging opportunities for innovation and strategic thought partnership, and mentoring and coaching staff. The leader is expected to build a robust staff, structure and infrastructure, such as state of the art data tracking and collection tools, to serve fundraising needs of the university for the foreseeable future.

This position is field-oriented, requiring frequent travel and direct contact with donors and donor prospects.
Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience in development with a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising; or an equivalent combination of experience, skills or education in lieu of the minimum years of experience listed.
  • Leadership experience in the design, planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion of a major campaign.
  • Experience in supervision and management, including experience in managing other leaders at a senior staff or executive level within a complex organization.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, evidenced through a track record of advancing equity goals and long-standing institutional partnerships around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
    Professional Competencies

  • Working with donors and prospects: Demonstrated ability to build comprehensive 3-5-year donor strategies, cultivate families as well as individuals, maximize gift potential, and solicit major gifts. Established ability navigating seven-figure asks and complex asset management discussions. Ability to interact with high-level donors and maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Leadership: Effective leadership skills and executive presence, including the ability to regularly mentor and steward a broader team towards success. Ability to lead task forces and organizational maturation initiatives. Inclination to regularly provide learning opportunities and resources for growing and high-potential team members. Ability to create and communicate an organization-wide vision. Ability to drive and inform budget strategy that aligns with academic and institutional priorities.
  • Institutional navigation and industry knowledge: High level of programmatic and institutional knowledge, with the ability to take a leadership role in using past successes and failures to inform new strategies. Ability to maintain effective partnerships with on- and off-campus partners to develop, create and articulate the narrative of new programs and initiatives. Ability to help to shape the university's overall strategic plan.
  • Management and supervision of employees: Demonstrated ability to manage leaders and set the tone for successful teams, empowering them to proactively partner with senior staff and campus affiliates. Ability to act as a driver in recruiting, developing and retaining a high caliber staff, building a team, and creatively organizing and managing them to maximize the support of external constituencies; a willingness to empower others to get the job done while providing the support they need.
  • Volunteer management: Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers and boards, including working successfully with volunteers and academic leadership on strategic direction and priority-setting for the board. Ability to align volunteer strategy with cross-campus initiatives, positioning experienced volunteers with key needs on campus. Ability to leverage volunteers in fundraising and advocacy strategy.
  • Academic leadership: Ability to act as a core advisor and partner to the president, provost and senior academic leaders, including collaborating to set overall academic initiatives, philanthropic priorities, and correlating fundraising strategy. Ability to build consensus and strategy that inspires transformational opportunities.
  • Strategic planning: Ability to provide leadership in campus-wide discussions of new initiatives, capital project planning, strategic staffing, and trends in the industry. Ability to communicate and articulate how individual initiatives, programmatic direction, and overall advancement strategy will shape the university. Leadership in aligning alumni engagement, annual philanthropy, central development, and academic leadership with regard to priorities, donor strategy, and the university's overall external brand.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and interconnected identities of individuals.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in cultivating and soliciting transformational philanthropic gifts with an ability to facilitate giving opportunities across academic specialties and schools.
  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in solicitation of nine-figure gifts.
  • Fifteen years of progressively responsible development experience.
  • Experience in development at a major research university.
  • Experience in development at an educational institution in which balancing and collaboration between academics and athletics fundraising is required.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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    Advertised: 24 Apr 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
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