Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives - Office of Development & Alumni Relations at University of Delaware

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University of Delaware

Job Title Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives - Office of Development & Alumni Relations
Job ID 105333
Location Newark, DE


DEADLINE: open until filled


The University of Delaware (UD) is currently in the public phase of Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware. As part of this effort, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations is building a model fundraising infrastructure to support the team that will meet the growing needs of the University and secure funding for established and emerging University campaign priorities. It is our mission to engage donors, alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and students in a lifelong relationship and foster a tradition of philanthropy to strengthen the University's legacy as one of the great public institutions of higher education in America.


The Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Strategic Initiatives will lead and oversee the development activities for key interdisciplinary initiatives at the University of Delaware. The AVP will oversee fundraising for the Biopharmaceutical Initiative, Graduate programs and Provost's initiatives including, but not limited to Honors, Library, Entrepreneurship and Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of Development, the AVP is responsible for the establishment of fundraising goals for these programs and achievement of these goals. The AVP will build a team of major gift officers to lead the development activities related to these key priorities.

The AVP will demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, have an open, creative problem-solving approach, and strong orientation toward teams with an understanding of using metrics to motivate and track good work and program progress. The AVP must have expertise in strategic talent management and possess successful leadership experience in a campaign setting.

  • Create and implement a development program in support of key university priorities, in many areas where there is no precedent for fundraising.
  • Lead and manage a development team focused on major gift fundraising for key strategic initiatives. Responsible for personnel growth as needed.
  • Works with Vice President and Senior Associate Vice President to establish goals and objectives for each project. Collaborates across the department to reach shared goals.
  • Work closely with DAR staff and colleagues across the University to develop and manage engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies for prospects and donors who may have an interest in these areas.
  • Plan, staff and brief senior University and academic administrators and faculty on prospect/donor visits and events as necessary.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate progress toward individual and team goals and objectives.
  • Design and implement training and skill building programs for directors of development and volunteers engaged in fundraising.
  • Collaborate with University leadership to inspire trust, encourage creative thinking, and recruit and mentor a high performing team of directors of development.
  • Manage the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual prospects with a focus on gifts of $100,000 or higher. Manage a portfolio of 100 prospects and makes ten prospect visits per month.
  • Plan, recommend and carry out strategies for University-wide donor cultivation activities.
  • Participate in the prospect solicitation clearance and solicitation tracking process.


Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred; minimum of six years of progressively responsible job experience. Experience in major gift fundraising required, preferably in a university or college environment. Experience managing staff is required. Experience working in a capital campaign is highly desirable. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with prospects and donors, to work effectively in a team setting, and communicate effectively within a diverse community, both orally and in writing. Must have a sincere appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated. Ability to engage and positively impact individuals and groups is essential. Must be able to perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no prior precedent. Skill in developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Must be skilled at team building to inspire, motivate and engage others and be a stimulating communicator. Skill in use of personal computers and related software applications. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment within the Development team and across the University. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to develop and implement short-and-long-term goals and plans. Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures. Possess strong self-motivation. Local and domestic travel required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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