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Associate VP for Organization Strategy and Business Operation, Development and Alumni Relations

Rice University
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 29, 2024

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Rice University
Associate Vice President, Organizational Strategy and Business Operations, Development and Alumni Relations

Rice has achieved a position among America's great research universities. Even in that category, it is distinctive: Rice is a great small university. That is, while smaller than most, Rice is able to compete with the best in the nation — indeed, in the world. To support and to enhance this record of success, Rice University's Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) Division seeks an associate vice president for organizational strategy and business operations.

Reporting to the vice president for development and alumni relations, Stephen Bayer (see bio in Leadership section), and serving as vital part of the division, Organizational Strategy and Business Operations leads the execution of the strategic priorities through smooth and efficient business operations. The associate vice president fosters a culture of belonging, inclusion, and engagement at all levels of the organization, maintaining multi-dimensional channels of communication among staff and DAR leadership. The associate vice president has responsibility and accountability for strategic, operational, and administrative areas across DAR specifically human resources, finance, talent development, business intelligence, IT, stewardship, gift administration, operations, facilities, and events.

A newly created position within in DAR, the associate vice president for organizational strategy and business operations will join a strong and diverse leadership team working collaboratively to achieve its organizational mission to enrich the lives of Rice's alumni, students, parents, and friends as well as inspire them to generously share their time, talent, and treasure to help Rice realize its vision. Through effective leadership of operational teams, the associate vice president adds expertise and value to DAR's mission to develop the most engaged global network to leverage the planning of Rice's next campaign to increase engagement.

Experience in higher education and with one or more institutions as comprehensive and complex as Rice is highly preferred as is experience with an academic medical center. Direct and substantive experience in a campaign of significant size and scope is required. A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Rice's new associate vice president will have the opportunity to have a significant, personal impact on the university's success.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Rice University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.
Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer's candidate portal using the buttons below.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jevon Walton

Rice University HR | Benefits
Rice Mission and Values
Mission and Values| Rice University

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Faculty and staff are expected (but not required) to have completed a full vaccination series for COVID-19 (currently defined as full course COVID-19 Vaccine (typically two shots of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine or one J&J) and a COVID-19 booster. Rice does not require documentation for COVID 19 vaccination at this time for faculty and staff. More information can be found here:


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