University of Idaho
Associate Vice President 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.

Team Builder . . . Successful Fundraiser . . . Goal Oriented . . . Communicator
Mentor . . . Leadership . . . Data-Driven . . . Integrity
Disciplined . . . Strategic . . . Results-Oriented . . . Experienced
Sense of Humor . . . Approachable . . . Collaborative . . . Supportive

The Position

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.


Responsibilities include:

Provide direction and oversight to University central and constituent development programs and create synergy and energy for increasing levels of private support through partnership with University units.

  • Provide leadership and direction for a comprehensive development program.

  • Supervise, motivate, and mentor central and constituency development directors and programs. 

  • Develop a sense of urgency and accountability within the development operation.

  • Advise and assist key University and volunteer leaders in carrying out their responsibilities for major gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

  • Coordinate the implementation of constituency goals and activities as articulated in fundraising plans.

  • Develop and implement a process for the identification, education, and cultivation of major individual, corporate, and foundation prospects.

  • Meet regularly with fundraising staff and analyze progress. Conduct joint evaluations with the University units and review the annual performance of each unit development director.

  • Advocate constituency needs and ideas centrally and disseminate University needs and ideas decentrally to ensure broad understanding and effective decision-making.

  • Develop and implement guidelines for proposals and oversee the review and approval process for major proposals before they are presented to prospective donors.

Create opportunities for major gifts.

  • Manage a portfolio of current and future major and principal gift prospects.

  • Perform a number of contacts and face-to-face visits per month.

  • Present major and principal gift proposals and solicitations annually.

  • Develop ongoing written strategies for “top 25” major and principal gift prospects.

Assist the Vice President in development and execution of the strategic plan and future comprehensive campaigns.

  • Develop case statements, support materials, web site content, and other fundraising materials.

  • Evaluate and streamline the annual planning process by supporting the college-based development plans.

  • Work closely with advancement units (e.g. Alumni, Advancement Services units, Strategic Communications and Marketing, Foundation, and Constituent Programs) to integrate goals and coordinate efforts in support of fundraising initiatives.

​Additional responsibilities. 

  • Provide staff and volunteer training for college development efforts.

  • Participate in professional development activities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The Qualifications

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.

Core Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics: 


  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-level team environment while fostering positive relationships, teamwork, and cooperation to enable organizational success in goal achievement.

  • Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining internal and external relationships.

  • Knowledge and expertise in database computer systems and microcomputer applications.

  • Experience analyzing, reporting, and interpreting information and independently solving complex problems.  

  • Willingness to travel and work varied hours and weekends.

  • A desire to accomplish great things and have fun in the process.

The University

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 high 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 in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With programs in all of the state's 44 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publically supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With its research and outreach centers, scientific and artistic advancements enrich lives. The University has more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 minority student groups, and is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.

For additional information about the University of Idaho, please view the website links below:

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About and Did You Know, click here

University Advancement webpage, click here

Vice President for University Advancement webpage, click here

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, 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. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally-owned restaurants.

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 ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series, and Third Street Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music, and international foods.

The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae with 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 to me at the email address below.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below and suggest a few days and times convenient with your schedule.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or call me.


Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant


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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.

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