Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Chief Development Officer, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

The Organization

As one of the world’s leading public health research and educational institutions, Michigan Public Health is anchored by a community of 185 outstanding faculty and more than 400 committed research and administrative staff. The school offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees representing six departments that collectively train more than 1,215 students. Three dozen research centers and initiatives help propel a robust research enterprise, generating more than $88 million in extramural funding each year. The school contributes to and benefits from the University of Michigan’s reputation, commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and leadership in bringing innovations to practice.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. The university is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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Position Overview

As a top five school of public health, Michigan Public Health seeks an experienced and dynamic leader and fundraiser for the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO serves as an integral member of the school’s leadership team, working closely and collaboratively with the dean, associate deans, department chairs, staff leadership, faculty, and students to ensure school development strategy is aligned with school and university goals and priorities. Our mission is to create a healthier and more equitable world for all, and our CDO plays a key role in enabling and supporting that important, impactful, and inspiring work.

The CDO reports directly to Dean F. DuBois Bowman and is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all fundraising functions across the school, including: capital and major gift campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, scholarship giving, alumni engagement, and stewardship. The CDO leads and mentors a team of development professionals who work together toward shared goals that advance the mission of the school and university. The CDO acts as the school’s spokesperson and liaison with the larger University of Michigan development community and works proactively across disciplines and with University leaders to match donor interest with the school’s efforts and priorities. In addition, the CDO fosters and nurtures relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to expand development opportunities for the school.

The successful candidate for our CDO position will be an experienced development professional with a proven track record as a major and principal gift fundraiser and a dedicated and collaborative team player. The successful candidate will have vision and the particular ability to develop and implement fundraising and alumni engagement strategy at both the school and prospect levels. The CDO will be a strategist with demonstrated experience organizing, planning, and stewarding major projects and initiatives from fruition through goal. The CDO will have a collaborative approach to leadership, experience as a member of a successful leadership team, and an understanding of the integrated nature of development and alumni relations, preferably within higher education or healthcare. Experience and understanding of academic culture and academic leadership would be ideal, but is not required. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff leader with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. The School of Public Health is committed to the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan and encourages applications from faculty of color and women at senior ranks.

How To Apply

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Michigan in this search. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. All inquiries and nominations can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance via email at

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