University of Massachusetts Lowell — Associate Vice Chancellor

Associate Vice Chancellor
University of Massachusetts Lowell

The University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.

About University of Massachusetts Lowell

A nationally ranked research university and now the third largest public university in New England, UMass Lowell (UML) offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs to more than 18,000 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students at their six colleges, 30 miles north of Boston. With programs that span and interconnect the disciplines of business, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, the University provides a transformational education taught by internationally recognized faculty. UML fosters student success, lifelong learning, and global awareness, as it continues to build on its founding ideals of innovation, entrepreneurship, and partnerships with industry and the community.

UML has seen dramatic growth in research funding, private giving, and student enrollment over the past eight years. The University has erected more than a dozen new buildings, now conducts more than $65 million in sponsored research annually, and is highly regarded for their workforce development: 95% of their graduates have jobs or plans for graduate school within 6 months of graduation. The University is on the rise and more equipped than ever to prepare thousands of students, many of them first-generation college students, for real-world career challenges and lives of fulfillment and accomplishment.

About Philanthropy at University of Massachusetts Lowell

UMass Lowell has deeply invested in its advancement program in recent years to support the continued improvement of the University's infrastructure and capacity. A decade ago, UML had a staff of 17 advancement professionals who raised approximately $7M annually; now, the University has over 45 staff members and raises an average of $19-21M annually. In addition, UML launched their first-ever fundraising campaign, Our Legacy, Our Place, in 2013 to secure funding in support of the University's strategic plan. The goal of the campaign was recently increased from $125M by 2020 to $150M, as the University has already raised $125M as of September 2018. Read more about the campaign here:

This substantial early success has been bolstered by more than 32,000 distinct donors and an eagerness of key alumni and University friends to contribute to the campaign. The University boasts a high-potential donor base, and Our Legacy, Our Place is laying the groundwork for a more robust major gifts program and for successful campaigns in the future. The Associate Vice Chancellor will play a significant role in the ongoing engagement of donors and prospects in support of the University.

About the Position

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Development (AVC) will join the University at a time of great growth as the Advancement team successfully wraps up the current campaign and transitions to the next. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the AVC will serve as the second highest-ranking member of the University Advancement team and will partner with other senior leaders—including the Vice Chancellor and the Executive Directors of Alumni & Donor Relations, Advancement Services, Advancement Communications, and Advancement Operations & Strategic Initiatives—to achieve fundraising goals and maximize the level of support for the University.

The Associate Vice Chancellor is responsible for overseeing the major gift and annual giving efforts of the University, while managing their own portfolio of principal gift prospects. The AVC will direct a team of 14, including the respective Directors of Development for each school/college, major and leadership giving officers, and relevant support staff. As part of the University Advancement leadership team, the Associate Vice Chancellor will work with other senior leaders to achieve fundraising goals and maximize the level of support for the University.

Key Responsibilities


  • Oversee the Advancement division's major gift, planned giving and annual giving efforts
  • Manage a select portfolio of high-level prospects and donors and collaborate with the Vice Chancellor to create strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Partner with deans, faculty, and volunteers in the fundraising process
  • Collaborate with Advancement colleagues to create a plan to strategically deploy the University's senior leadership in campaign efforts

    Leadership and Management

  • Supervise all Development Directors, Major Gift Officers, and the Annual Giving team, and assist the Vice Chancellor in the oversight of the volunteer Campaign Executive Committee
  • Partner with the Vice Chancellor to oversee the strategic and technical aspects of the University's comprehensive fundraising campaign
  • Serve as a member of the Advancement Senior Leadership Team and communicate effectively with the team, Vice Chancellor, Deans, and other University officials regarding the campaign status
  • Manage day-to-day campaign operations and overall progress to goal, and identify any opportunities and challenges that arise


  • 10+ years leadership/fundraising management
  • Demonstrated experience with major gift fundraising/managing portfolio with a track record of success securing six-to-seven figure gifts
  • Demonstrated success managing a frontline fundraising team
  • Higher education experience
  • 3+ years of high-level volunteer/board engagement preferred
  • Campaign planning experience preferred
  • Planned giving experience preferred
  • Bachelor's degree

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

    The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

    Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

    Bill Weber
    (617) 277 – 2112, ext. 239

    Tracy Marshall
    Senior VIce President of Executive Search Services
    (617) 277 – 2112, ext. 251

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