The University of Alabama, one of the nation’s top public research universities and Alabama’s flagship institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Development. This is an exceptional leadership opportunity for a well-experienced fundraising professional to plan and direct a broad-reaching development program in support of The University of Alabama.
Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Development provides strategic leadership, direction, and management for The University of Alabama’s major fundraising programs. The Associate Vice President is responsible for securing the necessary financial and volunteer support to sustain and develop The University of Alabama. This position ensures administrative oversight of the University’s major gifts, corporate and foundation fundraising, annual giving, and capital campaigns.
The Associate Vice President for Development is a key member of the leadership team and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting fundraising for UA. The Associate Vice President is also responsible for developing specific metrics and performance plans that hold each unit accountable for overall fundraising goals. In addition, the AVP for Development carries a limited major gift portfolio of prospects directed by the Vice President for Advancement.
Provide strategic leadership and direction to all academic fundraising teams to drive increased development activity and total contributions.
Develop short- and long-range strategic plans for fundraising efforts.
Develop goals for each area of responsibility and identify resources needed for goals to be realized.
Design strategies and coordinate programs necessary to ensure continued fundraising success by providing advice, analysis, and recommendations to decision-makers on prioritization, planning, and policy issues in the area of Development.
Create and coordinate programs for selecting, recruiting, and training volunteer leadership to assist in University development activities – particularly those who participate in fundraising.
Help recruit, develop, and retain high-performing Development staff.
Provide formal performance appraisals to staff to inspire accountability, success, continuous improvement, and professional growth.
Collaborate with other AVPs within Advancement, including Alumni Affairs, Planned Giving, and Advancement Services, on all fundraising activities.
Liaison with the Crimson Tide Foundation staff to ensure coordination of prospect management and development efforts with Athletics.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and 12 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated successful and progressively responsible fundraising management experience in higher education
Major, comprehensive or capital campaign management experience
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently and as a part of a collaborative team
Must be a creative and effective leader with expertise in strategic planning, program implementation, personnel management, and accountability
Must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment
Ability to travel in and out of state
University of Alabama
The University of Alabama was founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college. Today, UA is a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
UA attracts some of the most academically talented students in the nation and is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled. UA has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 53 Goldwater Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 33 Hollings Scholars and 13 Boren Scholars. Fifteen UA graduates accepted Fulbright awards to study and teach abroad during 2018-2019.
Enrollment at UA reached 38,392 for fall 2018, including 33,030 undergraduates, 4,916 graduate students and 446 professional students. The University’s international students represent approximately 3.2 percent of the student body and 78 countries around the world.
The University comprises 13 colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, Culverhouse College of Business, College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Community Health Sciences, College of Continuing Studies, College of Education, College of Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Capstone College of Nursing, Culverhouse School of Law and School of Social Work.
UA’s renowned faculty totals 2,021. Twenty-six UA faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences.
Academic offerings include 72 bachelor’s degrees and 121 graduate and professional degrees in more than 200 fields of study. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the University awarded 6,821 bachelor’s degrees, 138 professional degrees, 1,669 master’s degrees, 16 educational specialist degrees and 290 doctoral degrees.
UA has a nationally competitive intercollegiate athletics program, with 21 varsity teams competing in 17 sports. The Crimson Tide boasts 25 team NCAA Championships and countless more conference championships and individual achievements.
Today, there are more than 200,000 UA alumni across the globe. Many are leaders in their communities, states and nations, including heads of major corporations, Pulitzer Prize winners and renowned scholars, scientists and artists.
For fiscal year 2017, total revenues exceeded $1.235 billion and included $154.8 million from state appropriations. Nearly 33 percent of total operating expenditures were designated for instruction and approximately 6 percent for research.
Charitable giving for fiscal year 2018 totaled $224.3 million from approximately 62,300 donors.
For more information on The University of Alabama, visit www.ua.edu.
The University’s main campus is located in Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama, along the banks of the Black Warrior River. The fifth largest city in Alabama, Tuscaloosa is home to more than 95,000 residents with a metro population reaching more than 235,000.
The city has a thriving business community, with the University serving as the primary economic and cultural engine. One of the most internationally recognized companies in Tuscaloosa is Mercedes-Benz and its production facilities.
The city is known for a wide variety of cultural arts, including museums, plays, concerts, and events. The riverfront area offers recreational trails, businesses, restaurants, and a farmers market. A 7,470-seat amphitheater, the largest in west Alabama, hosts many major performances and special events.
Tuscaloosa County offers a more comprehensive range of medical and health care options than any other community of comparable size and population in the Southeast.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.
Application and Nominations Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited.
To Apply - Application packet must include: a) Letter of interest, b) Current resume, and c) At least five references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without the applicant’s consent.)
Submit application packet to UA-AVP@myersmcrae.com for consideration. Review of applications begins immediately. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
IMPORTANT: The University of Alabama requires all applicants also to complete the University’s online application at