Associate Vice President

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Mar 2017
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27 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is a University on the rise. Established as the land-grant institution for the State of Colorado in 1870, Colorado State University is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world. Student enrollment is approximately 25,000, and the University employs 1,400 academic faculty, 1,900 administrative professionals, and 2,000 classified staff. Colorado State University is located in the city of Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000. Situated 65 miles north of Denver at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is a gateway to world-class skiing, hiking, fishing and biking. Colorado State University is recognized in national rankings and is the school of choice for Colorado students, with a longstanding legacy of attracting the best and brightest nationally and internationally.

Division of University Advancement is critical to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.

Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

About our benefits: This is a full-time administrative professional position. The position offers a full benefits package including: 24 vacation days and 15 sick leave days per year, enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, retirement plan options, domestic partner benefits, work injury benefits, disability insurance, and additional opportunities such as free employee study privilege credits, and much more.

The Associate Vice President (AVP) directs and implements all aspects for the following units: Regional Program, Gift Planning, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations. The AVP develops the overall strategy and goals in coordination with the Vice President for University Advancement, as well as other members of the Development team, and supports the Colorado State University fund raising efforts by identifying, recruiting, cultivating, and soliciting individuals to provide financial support for this world class institution. The position will also manage the university’s billion dollar comprehensive campaign.

Position Summary

The Associate Vice President, (AVP’s) leadership is focused on building and maintaining a highly effective, strategically focused, and fully integrated team of professionals who work collaboratively throughout the division and across the Colleges/units. The AVP leads the team with the full understanding of the critical nature of their work to the division’s ability to successfully execute a range of programs and activities designed to ultimately increase private gifts, volunteer involvement, and constituency engagement. The AVP will also manage the University campaign and leadership board.

The AVP is a strategic and analytical leader who establishes clear measures for success, with input from and ownership among his/her team. The AVP is a strong individual fundraiser and ambassador who must lead by example to establish an environment focused on building and maintaining strong, productive, and long lasting relationships among the University’s many constituents. The AVP and his/her team work on several projects and initiatives that transcend advancement subunit lines, requiring strong collaboration and communication skills. In addition, the AVP plays a leadership role in building central and strategic programs that partner closely with College departments and faculty. As a member of the VP’s Executive Leadership Team, the AVP contributes to the overall direction of the Advancement Division in areas specific to his/her area of responsibility as well as division wide areas, such as strategic planning, goal setting, reporting, messaging, budgeting, volunteer/board management, and community engagement.

The AVP also collaborates with the VP’s Executive Leadership Team to help create, implement, integrate, assess, and improve on an ongoing basis the College’s infrastructure and strategies required to conduct successful overall advancement efforts. Paramount to the work of the AVP as a leader, manager, colleague, and representative of University Advancement is the appreciation for and commitment to the mission of University Advancement which has been clearly articulated and established by the Vice President for University Advancement. The AVP must have a commitment to act personally and professionally in a manner that demonstrates integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence.

The AVP reports directly to the Vice President for University Advancement (VP) and serves as one of four members of the VP’s Executive Leadership Team, along with the Sr. Associate Vice President of Operations and Finance, Executive Director of CSU Alumni Association, Executive Director of CSU Events and Community Engagement.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, liberal arts, communications, accounting, marketing or a Master’s degree in business, public administration, nonprofit studies, philanthropy and development or a related field.

Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in advancement and minimum of five years of leadership and management experience at a director level or higher.

At least three years of advancement leadership and/or campaign experience, specifically with campaign strategy, management, and compliance matters.

Candidate must have a track record of measurable results in the solicitation of high net worth donors, including asking and securing gifts of $100,000 or more.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Proactive, self-starter, and goal oriented.

Must have excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated success in: designing strategy for securing principal and planned giving for a large unit, personal solicitation of major and planned gifts, major gift stewardship, principal gift and prospect management, volunteer management, and event planning.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including; College Deans, College Directors of Development, faculty, and other staff.

Willingness to travel

Demonstrated experience in working effectively with active board members, high level administrators, and donors.

Successful candidate must have the following attributes: initiative, strong attention to detail, timeliness, discretion, mature judgment, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Must be flexible, diplomatic, and a team player, and be able to work in a fast paced environment.

Working experience using a donor database software; experience with Ellucian Advance preferred.

Success integrating diversity in the major duties outlined in the job description or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Strategic Initiatives Duty/Responsibility

Develops and implements fundraising strategies for University President and Vice President for UA, and develops a prospect portfolio for President.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervises and implements all aspects for the following units: Regional Program, Gift Planning, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations. The AVP develops the overall strategy and goals in coordination with the Vice President for University Advancement, as well as other members of the Development team and supports the Colorado State University fund raising efforts by identifying, recruiting, cultivating, and soliciting individuals to provide financial support for this world class institution.

Percentage Of Time 80%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please demonstrate in your cover letter and resume any and all of the preferred qualifications that you meet.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidate.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.