Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Programs
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Constituent Programs.
A major public research university with exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs, UMass Amherst is a vital research enterprise with a deep commitment to public service and the Commonwealth. Located in the town of Amherst, UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s university system, sitting on nearly 1,450-acres in the historic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Ninety miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City, its scenic campus serves more than 22,000 undergraduate students and more than 6,000 graduate students in a rich cultural setting close to major urban areas. UMass Amherst is the largest public research university in New England and offers a full range of degrees; 109 bachelors, five associate, 77 masters and 48 doctoral programs in nine schools and colleges. It is also home to 21 NCAA Sports Teams. The campus is a member of the Five Colleges consortium that also includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges. It currently has approximately 270,000 living alumni around the world.
In recent years, UMass Amherst has had an extraordinary ascent in the U.S. News & World Report national rankings. Having moved from #52 in 2010 to its current ranking of #26 in a field of more than 700, it is one of the fastest rising top-tier public research universities in the country. To advance UMass Amherst’s mission to be one of the nation’s top 20 public research universities, the university expects to launch a ground breaking fundraising campaign over the next several years and is looking for individuals who can lead the next generation of fundraising.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Programs reports to the Vice Chancellor (VC) for Advancement and provides strategic leadership and oversight for 13 unit-based development teams. This position plays a critical leadership role working collaboratively across campus with the vice chancellor, senior leadership, deans and volunteers to plan the campaign, strengthen the organization and improve fundraising results. Important partners in these efforts will be the UMass Amherst Foundation Board and the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.
UMass Amherst is seeking a transformational leader to elevate the donor experience and create a “best in class” culture of engagement and philanthropy with the greater UMass Amherst community, the nation and the world.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership:
Provide strategic oversight and successful execution of constituent based philanthropy. Partner closely with the VC, deans and development unit leaders on priorities and activities that drive college, school and unit-based philanthropy.
The AVC fosters a culture that is open to new ideas, creativity and will build confidence, encourage collaboration, and promote diversity.
By building on the strengths of the existing team of committed fundraising professionals, encourage new skills and capabilities to support a strategic and innovative constituent relations program. Celebrate current achievements and set clear expectations for future success.
Balance ambitious goals with a commitment to long-term alumni engagement and work to improve the internal processes that enhance fundraising success.
Personally cultivate, solicit and steward a select portfolio of high-level principal gift prospects and donors.
Partner with the vice chancellor and senior leadership team on the annual strategic plan and future comprehensive campaigns.
Work closely with advancement units (e.g. Central Development, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and Marketing & Communications) to integrate goals and coordinate efforts in support of fundraising initiatives.
Qualities and Qualifications:
The AVC will resonate with and have enthusiasm for the ideals and culture of the university with regard to intellectual curiosity, a commitment to inclusion and the valuing of diversity in all its forms, a culture of collaboration and consultation, and a mission in which the teaching and support of students is central.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial experience, preferably within a public research institution. A consistent track record of achieving bold fundraising goals and the ability to inspire and mentor a team to do the same.
Strong communication and relationship building skills with a record of success in facilitating growth and change in both people and programs.
Proven success in personally cultivating soliciting and stewarding gifts of at least seven figures and a demonstrated high level of effectiveness working with high net worth individuals.
Exceptional strategic skills with experience evaluating programs and recommending improvements based on a deep understanding of the industry.
Strong emotional intelligence with the ability to diplomatically and sensitively collaborate across teams and navigate a complex academic community to execute initiatives effectively. Strong personal integrity with a sense of humor and perspective is essential.
This position plays a critical, high-profile role within advancement and the university. UMass Amherst is searching for a seasoned, sophisticated fundraising leader to drive constituent based philanthropy. The next AVC will make a significant contribution to the alumni experience and fundraising goals.
The UMass Amherst Foundation is a growing organization that looks for team members to grow with it. We offer a generous benefits package, a diverse and inclusive culture and a dedication to career development.
Special Instruction to Applicants:
Please submit a resume and letter of interest here. Applications will be reviewed immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
UMass Amherst has a rich history in support of social justice and in efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. The University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation is committed to employing a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.