The University of Richmond — Assistant Vice President for Development

The University of Richmond is seeking a dynamic and capable development executive to join its leadership team in the role of assistant vice president for development (AVP). Reporting to the vice president for advancement, Tom Gutenberger (see bio in Appendix II), and serving on his senior leadership team for the division, the assistant vice president will build upon a program that has enjoyed considerable success over recent years.

The University of Richmond is among America’s great liberal arts institutions. Richmond’s learning and research environment is grounded in the liberal arts and enriched by its distinctive array of schools, with a singular integration of learning and scholarship across campus. It is defined by a culture of interdisciplinary connections, collaboration, and creativity, guaranteeing students close interaction with faculty and the ability to craft their academic experience. The University is the nation’s only top liberal arts college (currently ranked 32nd by U.S. News & World Report) that is also home to a top-20 undergraduate business school, the first undergraduate school of leadership studies in the nation, a highly regarded school of law, and a school of professional and continuing studies that reaches thousands of individuals in the region each year. Thus, Richmond offers both the intimacy of a small college and opportunities that rival those of larger institutions, including a strong Division I athletic program.

The University seeks a talented and experienced advancement executive with a strong track record in fundraising and management. The new assistant vice president will have broad authority to shape the development program in the annual fund, principal giving, major gifts, planned giving, athletic fundraising and prospect research. The candidate will ensure that the development officers are efficiently, effectively, and productively engaging in their fundraising work, assuring that prospects are effectively being cultivated, solicited and stewarded. In addition to these responsibilities, the assistant vice president will actively carry a small portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects.

Managerial experience and achieving progressively more responsible positions within higher education is preferred; exceptional communication and relationship-building skills are essential. The AVP will rely heavily on analytics, data, metrics, and best practices to develop and evaluate strategies.

In return, the AVP will work with one of the nation’s most progressive universities, will lead and work in concert with an outstanding and loyal alumni body, and will reside in one of the nation’s most livable and enjoyable communities. Above all, he or she will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a university very much on the move.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Mercedes Vance consultants at Consultants can be reached by telephone at 630/575-6948.

The University of Richmond values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.