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Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

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Position Information

Position Title Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
Classification Title Associate Vice President
Posting Number P1800036
Employer State
Position Type
Appointment Term Administrative
Salary Grade MP3

Posting Detail Information

Position Summary

Position Summary
Reporting to the Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, the Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving (AVP) is a newly created role responsible for directing all aspects of the University at Buffalo’s integrated alumni engagement and annual giving programs, which previously had been separate units within the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

The AVP is part of the Vice President’s senior leadership team, and is responsible for working closely with the central fundraising staff, schools, deans, faculties, and other university units in articulating and implementing policy, plans, goals, and activities related to alumni engagement and annual giving. The AVP also will have responsibility for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a group of select prospects.


Leadership and Development
• Participate as a full member of the senior leadership team responsible for setting policies, goals, objectives, programs and procedures related to alumni engagement and annual giving for the university. Contribute to overall planning and goal achievement of the division. Provide counsel and strategy to senior leadership across the university and within the schools/units relative to alumni engagement and annual giving activities; respond to the specific requests of the Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement;

• Lead and work to align efforts of a team of alumni engagement and fund-development professionals who are focused on engaging alumni and future alumni (students), developing relationships, and soliciting annual giving prospects in a professional, collaborative and sustainable manner.

• In conjunction with the Senior Associate Vice President for Philanthropy, establish standard performance and promotion standards for annual gift officers, develop a culture of goal achievement and accountability, and participate in the annual goal-setting efforts of the division;

• Develop, implement and enhance a comprehensive annual giving and alumni engagement program that meets the needs of alumni and assists the university in realizing its long-term goals and objectives including, but not limited to maximizing philanthropic support, providing experiential learning opportunities for students and enhancing outreach efforts to prospective students

• Develop and implement a strategic plan for the Office of Alumni Engagement and, in collaboration with alumni colleagues in the academic units, a broad-based plan for all alumni engagement activities of the university that leverages university-wide alumni engagement resources for maximum impact

• Hire, supervise, and conduct annual performance reviews of reporting staff and oversee annual giving and alumni engagement budgets

• In concert with the Associate Vice President for Operations, set evaluation criteria and compensation programs, provide adequate professional development opportunities ranging from training to ongoing mentorship and coaching, and collaborate on recruitment of staff; additionally, ensure that Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement central operations are working strategically to advance the university’s alumni engagement and annual giving efforts.

Volunteer Relations:
• Serve as the principal university liaison with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and provide leadership in board activities and overall management of volunteer recruitment, training and stewardship of Alumni Association board members; Assist in the implementation of a strategic plan that sets both short- and long-term goals, objectives and strategies

• Provide administrative and functional support to the UB Alumni Association Board and serve as Secretary to that organization

• Oversee volunteer structures as necessary to increase annual giving participation among alumni and non-alumni populations, including but not limited to faculty/staff, students (future alumni) and parents

Operations, Communications and Fund Development:
• Establish an effective communications and marketing strategy for UB alumni and ensure the efficient delivery of programs and events, nationally and internationally, focusing the application of resources on markets of greatest potential

• Serve as publisher of the alumni magazine, At Buffalo, and establish and maintain its strategic direction in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Donor and Alumni Communications and vice presidents for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and University Communications

• Enhance fundraising efforts of the university by developing a strong pipeline of engaged alumni to support the annual fund goals of increased participation and growth in philanthropic revenues

• Maintain a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects, including but not limited to alumni board members, make solicitations, cultivate relationships, and secure gifts

• Continually benchmark existing peer alumni programs and develop quantitative measures for success

• Evaluate existing programs and activities based upon cost, effectiveness and outcomes using recently established goals and metrics, and develop new programs as necessary.

• Assume additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Vice President.

University Overview
UB is a premier, research-intensive public university known for its academic excellence. Driven by our vision—UB 2020—to be counted among the nation’s leading and most distinctive public research universities, a new University at Buffalo is emerging. Building strong connections with our alumni and donors worldwide is critical to our success; the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement is leading the effort. We are creating a new UB environment that broadens opportunities for alumni engagement, capitalizes on positive student experiences and builds philanthropic support for the university.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is required with an advanced degree preferred.

• A minimum of 7-10 years in the management of alumni relations and/or fund-development;

• Familiarity with the environment of higher education;

• Demonstrated ability to relate effectively with internal partners and external volunteers, donors and prospects;

• Demonstrated ability to manage, lead and inspire others; ability to facilitate collaboration;

• A commitment to development and philanthropy as change agents for the fulfillment of institutional mission and vision;

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical and planning skills, a high degree of professionalism and a sensitivity to long-term relationship building and stewardship;

• Familiarity with planning, launching and executing campaigns in support of specific initiatives or overall strategic objectives.

• Extensive travel required, along with the ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

advanced degree

Physical Demands


Salary Range Ccommensurate with experience
FTE 1.00
Campus As Assigned
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information

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Contact Information

Contact's Name Judith Mackey
Contact's Title Associate Direectr for Human Resources
Contact's Email
Contact's Phone 716-645-1526

Posting Dates

Posted 02/07/2018
Deadline for Internal Applicants 02/09/2018
Deadline for External Applicants 03/09/2018
Date to be filled 03/15/2018

Reference Letters

Number of Reference Letters Required
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Travel is an important part of the job. Would you be willing to travel as needed by the job?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents