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Open Position: Associate VP for Development

The University seeks a dedicated Chief Development Officer who can build a highly performing and effective fundraising team, improve internal processes to enhance fundraising success, create synergy and energy within the University for increasing levels of private support, and assist in the development and execution of the strategic plan and future comprehensive capital campaigns.

Position Description

Reporting directly to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Development, will focus on building a highly performing and effective fund-raising team. This key hire will partner closely with the Vice President to ensure the goals and objectives of the University are fulfilled and will lead the hiring and management of unit and central development staff in coordination with the Vice President and Deans. The Associate Vice President will be responsible for: improving the internal processes that enhance fundraising success, completing fundraising analysis and reporting, managing a portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects, building alliances within the University community to achieve fundraising goals, establishing fundraising goals in collaboration with the Vice President and Deans, and developing strategies for leadership and principal gift prospects.


The successful candidate will be a seasoned development professional who has worked in a similar role or is poised to take on such a role as a natural next step in career progression. This individual should possess 10 years of experience in higher education fundraising, including major gifts; and five years of supervisory experience with direct reports, including demonstrated experience and success in planning, organizing, and managing major fund-raising programs and staff. A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree is preferred. Additional desirable qualifications include a demonstrated track record of securing major gifts in a university environment, extensive experience in advancement, and experience in complex university organizations, public relations, marketing, strategic planning, and CRM systems.

Apply or Nominate a Candidate

The University of Idaho is pleased to partner with the search firm Strategic Search Advantage. To learn more about the Associate VP of Development, visit our website.

To apply, please submit a complete resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of application summarizing your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Send your application materials via email.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 26, 2017. To arrange for a confidential conversation, simply email me and suggest a few days and times. If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination.

Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads,
Search Consultant Strategic Search Advantage

About UI

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as higher research activity, University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.

Our Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive.

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Contact Us

Office of the Vice President, University Advancement

Physical Address:

Hays Hall
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844

Phone: (208) 885-6155