Vice President for University Development

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, The University of Texas at Austin is a leading institution with a bold, ambitious vision. Amid the backdrop of a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the university provides a place for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs and engineers to explore countless opportunities. University of Texas at Austin is the flagship school of The University of Texas System, which includes eight academic universities and six health institutions statewide. Its large student body, storied history, strong community and richness of tradition have given rise to a proud alumni base of more than 484,000. In 2014, The University of Texas at Austin successfully completed its historic Campaign for Texas by raising $856 million, an amount believed to be the largest ever raised by any Texas institution in a single year. Over the entire eight-year campaign, the university received an estimated $3.1 billion in gifts, pledges and donations, making it the largest capital campaign ever conducted in Texas and among the most successful campaigns ever completed by a public university in the United States.

The Opportunity

The Vice President for University Development is a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for the leadership of all UT Austin development programs. S/He will build and manage a comprehensive program that includes annual giving, major and planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, gift processing and acknowledgment, campaign and other fundraising support operations including donor relations and stewardship. The selected candidate will be expected to engage faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community in fundraising efforts. This multi-faceted position will translate a vision into action and as such will demand a bold, talented, inclusive and capable leader with strong communication and collaboration skills. The chosen candidate will use his/her experience to align and gain consensus between the president, provost, development staff and volunteers in all matters relating to development and the advancement of UT Austin’s overall objectives. S/He will also encourage collaboration between unit schools while cultivating and engaging prospects and strengthening the service-based model to the colleges and schools to maximize major gift activities. A dynamic track record of success leading a development operation, preferably in an academic setting, is required.