The University of Denver is seeking an experienced, driven, and passionate leader to join its Advancement team as the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Creative Engagement. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Vice Chancellor Armin Afsahi. The Assistant Vice Chancellor will work with a community of talented professionals united to advance this mission, inspiring philanthropy and engagement among all facets of the University of Denver community while playing a central role in leading and implementing campaign communications, branding, and global positioning.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor will drive strategy and direction for communications, market awareness, and targeted philanthropic solicitations as a part of the University of Denver’s advancement enterprise. The Assistant Vice Chancellor leads a team of marketers, annual giving officers, and communications strategists to elevate and deepen the engagement of the entire Pioneer family (students, alumni, donors, parents, and friends), working collaboratively with colleagues and teams across the university to create and develop traditional and emerging strategies for engaging communities to deepen their commitment to the University of Denver.
Candidate Qualifications and Qualities
The ideal candidate for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Creative Engagement should have
- demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders toward closure of transformational gifts;
- strong written and oral communication skills;
- ability to represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and units, in a variety of capacities;
- proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time effectively;
- demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and university officials;
- ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community;
- working knowledge of project management principles and best practices; and
- understanding of basic accounting procedures, data collection, and complex relational databases.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is 7-10 years of marketing and communications experience in higher education, non-profit or a comparable setting. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of experience managing personnel, with a demonstrated commitment to coaching, mentoring, and developing team members. Experience leading communications for a capital campaign is preferred as is a master’s degree.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.