Utah State University

Associate Vice President (AVP) of Collegiate Development

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(8/5/2021 5:35 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Advancement
Institutional Development
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Collegiate Development serves as a key member of the leadership team and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the collegiate-focused fundraising programs at Utah State University. This position is responsible for all fundraising activity supporting the college and academic program units. The AVP will foster an engaged work environment and inspire a shared vision by strategically aligning efforts and resources, and promoting trust among major gift officers and college stakeholders. Candidate must have a proven record of building and managing results-focused teams with a leadership style that inspires others to improve their effectiveness and develop as leaders and fundraisers. As the head of Collegiate Development, the AVP will take an active role in attracting talented fundraisers to the organization and will invest in the professional development and mentorship of the entire team. The AVP will collaborate with executive leadership, peers, and partners within the organization and across the university to advance the strategic priorities of Utah State University. In addition, the AVP will serve as a key member of the Principal Gift Workgroup and assist/lead major gift solicitations. This position requires travel.


Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic leadership and direction to the collegiate development team to drive development and increase total contributions.
  • Work closely with university administrators and volunteer leadership to maximize and optimize fundraising opportunities.
  • Utilize industrywide concepts and effective practices in fundraising planning, strategy, and implementation.
  • Work with academic unit leaders to determine programmatic goals, budgeting, and evaluation of constituent fundraisers.
  • Collaborate with advancement leadership and university colleagues to ensure gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU donors and volunteers.
  • Facilitate successful multi-college/unit projects by ensuring proposals, gift acquisition, and stewardship activities are donor-centric and balance individual college/unit needs and requirements.
  • Work with advancement staff and key campus leaders to develop and/or manage an overall fundraising strategic plan that fully deploys advancement’s support services.
  • Build, maintain, and nurture a high-functioning team that is aligned with advancement’s vision, budget, and plans for growth.
  • Effectively lead change throughout the AVP’s areas of influence, emphasizing gift production, collaboration, and professional development. Cultivate a culture of excellence among college fundraisers and development staff by continually setting and achieving goals, learning from missteps, and sharing successes to elevate the team.
  • Work with collegiate fundraisers, academic leaders, the USU Foundation Board, and USU administration to ensure success in USU’s next capital campaign.
  • Accurately and effectively implement a performance management program that provides continual employee feedback and recognition. Conduct regular and timely performance appraisals that inspire accountability, success, continuous improvement, and professional growth.
  • Provide leadership and expertise to the USU Foundation Board Development Committee to ensure an exceptional board experience.
  • Serve as a member of the Principal Gift work group and Campaign Strategy team.
  • Provide direction to fundraisers and academic leaders on elevating the experience of their unit advancement/fundraising boards.
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for all staff, exemplifying USU’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Represent Utah State University at alumni events and meetings with current and prospective donors throughout the United States and possibly abroad.



  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least five years of experience working as a university professional fundraiser with progressive promotion to increased responsibilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current theory and practice in the philanthropic field.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising program, and knowledge of communications and engagement strategy that includes emerging digital tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in leading, mentoring, and inspiring staff to achieve goals, and fostering an attitude of staff responsiveness.
  • Reasonable experience with fundraising techniques, including annual fund activities and organizational campaigns or funding initiatives.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal/relationship-building skills.
  • Superior skills in leadership, operations management, board management, and fiscal management.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced academic degree.
  • A proven track record working with fundraising boards.
  • Comprehensive capital campaign experience.
  • Significant achievement leading professional fundraisers as evidenced by CASE awards or other professional recognition.



Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience, qualifications.



Skills & Competencies:


  • Recognized high-level expertise and accomplishment in major gifts fundraising, with substantial demonstrated success in closing gifts of $100,000 or more.
  • Demonstrated experience building successful, productive relationships with top university administrators, deans, and trustees.
  • Demonstrated experience staffing high-end advisory boards and committees.
  • Extensive supervisory experience of professional staff.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as analytical, research, and management skills.
  • Familiarity with fundraising.
  • Maturity and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated success in working with boards and foundations comprised of prominent corporate and community volunteers and alumni.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the use of information technology to support advancement programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with donors, volunteers, and staff members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external audiences.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • Ability to position the president to maximize her potential as a fundraiser for the university.
  • Willingness and ability to travel; evening and weekend work is required
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, staff) from diverse backgrounds.
  • Maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations.




This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Division of Advancement is a welcoming office where inclusiveness and teamwork are highly valued. Advancement staff are engaged in the meaningful work of securing private financial resources to fuel Utah State University's mission by creating gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU's generous and passionate alumni and friends. Comprising the division are the office of the Vice President, the USU Foundation & Board, Advancement Services, the Alumni Association (Alumni Engagement), Gift Planning, Corporations and Foundations, Strategic Communications, the Annual Fund and ACE (Alumni Center for Engagement). Furthermore, the division coordinates all fundraising efforts across campus, including colleges, various programs, extension campuses, and USU Athletics. Through the collaboration of these units, the Division of Advancement is able to achieve significant annual fundraising goals by inspiring stakeholders to invest their time and resources in Utah State University. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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