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Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Date Posted July 23, 2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type 1
Application Deadline Open until filled

Cornell University, an internationally ranked Ivy League institution, is seeking a strategic, forward-thinking, and solutions-oriented advancement leader to serve as Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned manager and successful advancement professional to lead a high-performing team within one of the nation’s top advancement operations.

Reporting to the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, the SAVP will manage the day-to-day operation of a team of approximately 200; collaborate internally to set priorities, devise and execute strategies for meeting University-wide objectives; ensure that the management team is effective and maximizing resources to mobilize a talented staff in engaging an extraordinarily loyal and diverse group of alumni, parents, and friends; and balance ambitious goal setting and processes within an operation that supports group achievement and individual development.

The position requires an excellent and inspiring manager and a strategic, creative, and collaborative colleague. The SeniorAssociate Vice President will provide executive leadership and strategic direction to fundraising programs across the division, including Major Gifts, College and Unit fundraising, Foundation Relations, and Annual Giving fundraising programs.

Responsibilities include oversight of Prospect Management and Development including, portfolio reviews, assignments, and sponsoring the $1M+ prospect assignment committee. Ensures that fundraising managers are effective and maximizing resources to mobilize a talented staff in engaging an extraordinarily loyal and diverse group of alumni, parents, and friends.

This position manages the campaign planning team and collaborates with internal partners to set priorities and devise strategies for meeting campaign objectives. Serves as a lead and collaborator on division-wide meetings, the Board of Trustees Committee on Development, and campaign co-chairs. Represents AAD in university meetings including, president and provost meetings, campaign co-chair meetings, university development strategy, and the provost’s capital planning group.


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and more than 10 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
  • A deep commitment to higher education, a keen understanding of Cornell’s mission and goals, and the ability to articulate its uniqueness and relevance.
  • The ability to create and lead innovative programs attun ed to diverse demographics.
  • Track record of success in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting seven - figure and higher gifts.
  • Training in and/or experience with organizational development, coaching, team building, staff recruitment, assessment.
  • The inte llectual depth, maturity and confidence to work with and command the respect and confidence of senior University administrators, colleagues in the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development and academic leaders.


Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience in higher education or nonprofit management.
  • Knowledge of and experience in business operations.
  • Personal volunteer experience.


University Job Title:

Senior Assoc Vice President


No Grade - Annual

Pay Rate Type:




Contact Name:

Megan Bruno

Number of Openings:



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