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Senior Associate Vice President for Development

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Job no: 533574

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Development, Executive/Management/Director

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $300,000 - $335,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA15-Fiscal Year 2023-2024
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

March 27, 2024; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your online application:
  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

    Please Note: We may contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements in the job posting to request additional information for the next stage of review.

    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 150 employees primarily working out of Eugene and Portland. 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.

    The Office of Development as part of University Advancement has a mission to maximize philanthropic impact at the University of Oregon. We do this by identifying, connecting, and engaging alumni and friends around the globe with their passions to advance the vision and priorities of the university.

    Position Summary

    The Senior Associate Vice President for Development (SAVP) will serve as a member of the Vice President for University Advancement's senior management team, working closely with leadership team members to evaluate development priorities and recommend strategies to meet the university's fundraising priorities.

    Reporting directly to the Vice President for University Advancement (VP-UA) and working closely with the deans and university leadership and the VP-UA, the SAVP will directly oversee and provide leadership, counsel, and strategic direction for the majority of fundraising for the University of Oregon. This includes:
  • Academic (school and college) unit based and cultural fundraising programs (including the Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health (BICBH)).
  • Building a US-based regional and international fundraising effort for all level gifts.
  • Central university fundraising priorities and initiatives (gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, family, and parent giving)

    The SAVP will coordinate closely with the VP and others in University Advancement on campaign planning and execution, and principal gift program strategy and fundraising.

    As a member of the University Advancement senior management team, the SAVP will be the primary delegated representative for the VP-UA when necessary.

    In addition, the SAVP will manage a portfolio of $1M plus rated prospects for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education, skills, and experience.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible development experience, including extensive experience in prospect identification, cultivation, and major gift solicitation in higher education or equally complex institution.
  • Five years of supervisory experience including hiring, training, assigning, and evaluating work, and managing supervisors and teams across portfolios.

    Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to manage people, build programs, and develop strategies to achieve operational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, including establishing metrics and processes to monitor and evaluate operational performance outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and presentation abilities.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals to build strong cooperative working relationships, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • The ability to effectively interact with high-level donors, maintaining a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong sense of financial accountability, and the ability to manage resources with prudence and efficiency.
  • Familiarity with both centralized and decentralized development programs.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers and routine software applications.
  • Ability to travel.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience in higher education development.
  • An understanding of the nature of a professional school and research university.
  • Advanced degree.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

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

    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.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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