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Associate Vice President for Advancement & Campaign Director

University of Portland
Portland, Oregon (US)
The salary range for this position is $145,000 to $160,000 annually.
Date posted
Jun 18, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with University of Portland in the search for an Associate Vice President for Advancement & Campaign Director.

Reporting to the Vice President for University Relations, the Associate Vice President for Advancement & Campaign Director will plan, organize, and execute the university’s major gifts program, serving as the primary strategic, administrative, and management partner to the Vice President for University Relations. The Associate Vice President will serve as the team leader and supervisor for professional staff members dedicated to major gift fundraising and as the strategic manager of campaign operations, providing gift officers with the support and tools that they need to be successful in their roles. The Associate Vice President will also manage a portfolio of high value prospects and serve as the university's chief giving officer. Working in close concert with strategic partners across the university, including the academic schools and other divisions, the Associate Vice President will build upon the strategic planning process for University of Portland’s largest comprehensive campaign to date.

University of Portland is a thriving community of more than 3,500 undergraduate students who come from around the nation and the world, as well as over 1,000 faculty and staff. The university is located on a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The school’s location is the inspiration for its nickname, “The Bluff.” Since its inception in 1901, the university has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic order of priests and brothers. The founder of the order, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, said, “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” This commitment to educating the hands, heart, and mind are hallmarks of the institution’s belief in educating the whole person.

University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences, and a graduate school. There are more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs, and more than 1,300 courses. The university features small class settings (9:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty. UP was ranked #1 in the nation as top producer of Fulbright U.S. students among master’s level institutions. The university offers a rich resource for the community through educational opportunities, research, and experts, in addition to a host of community offerings such as athletic events, cultural events, speakers, and lectures.

For 28 consecutive years, the University has earned a top-10 ranking by U.S. News & World Report in the “Regional Universities-West” classification, including the number 1 spot in the 2022 rankings. For nine consecutive years, UP has been the top Oregon school in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private universities. And for three consecutive years, Bloomsberg Businessweek has named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for "return on investment" in a state-by-state ranking of schools providing graduates with the most return for the price of their education.

As a Catholic university, guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, University of Portland's core tenants of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership are underscored and enhanced by its commitment to honoring the dignity of each and every member of the community. This commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in the university’s rich mission and traditions. Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion is not only about honoring the past, but also being mindful of the present and future. Through inclusive vision-setting, intentional collaboration, and a collective commitment to excellence in all that it does, the university can continue to build its beloved community.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred for this role as is at least eight years of advancement leadership experience. University of Portland will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to UP, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of University of Portland as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $145,000 to $160,000 annually.

The University of Portland is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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