Auburn University invites nominations and applications for the position of vice president for the Office of Development and president of the Auburn University Foundation. The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership and guidance for functions pertaining to all development programs at Auburn University. This includes establishing all strategies to attain the university’s campaign and annual funding priorities, which requires the establishment of strong relationships with the university Board of Trustees, the Auburn University Foundation board, the Auburn University Alumni Association, the deans of all the university’s colleges and the athletic foundation. Working with and through these constituencies, the successful candidate will lead strategy development and implementation of all activities to enhance fundraising efforts; serve as the ambassador to the university’s alumni and friends, personally identifying, cultivating and closing gifts and providing stewardship in recognition of donor philanthropy. The vice president supervises an organization of nearly 150 employees through eight direct reports and an annual development budget of approximately $25 million. This position reports to the president of the university and is located in Auburn, Alabama. Please visit this link for additional information about this opportunity.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions and in 2018 was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctorate degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 25,734 undergraduates and 4,706 graduate and professional students. Organized into 12 academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The university is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, student engagement and beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities and to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly- developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika, Alabama area has a population of more than 100,000 with excellent public school systems, outstanding recreation facilities and a regional medical center.

Minimum qualifications for this position include a bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, communications, public relations or a related field with 15 to 20 years of business experience and a minimum of seven years experience in directing large multi-faceted fundraising campaigns and programs, and experience working with foundations and boards. Knowledge of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gift regulations, fundraising techniques and strategies, and accounting and budgeting principles and practices is also required. Past experience must demonstrate the ability to plan and implement fundraising programs and campaign marketing strategies. The successful candidate must have strong leadership capabilities along with superior management and communications skills with an innate ability to build consensus among diverse groups. A master’s and/or doctorate would be an asset. Additional experience in other not-for-profit environments would be helpful; an extensive background in university development and fundraising is strongly preferred. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the appointed time and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Electronic submissions of all nominations and applications are encouraged. Those with interest in this position should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of application indicating experience as it relates to the position description to:

Search Committee – Vice President for Development Attention: Managing Director
Breckenridge Partners

Initial review of candidates will begin after June 15, 2019 and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.