Bloomington, Indiana

EVP, Development, Indiana University Foundation

The Organization

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders, providing advancement leadership, and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. The IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $2.4 billion. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

Position Overview

The Indiana University Foundation seeks applications for the position of Executive Vice President (EVP), Development, to lead development and fundraising across Indiana University – one of the nation’s most highly ranked research universities.

Reporting directly to the President & CEO of the Indiana University Foundation, this position serves as an executive officer of the Foundation with primary responsibility for leading development and fundraising programs for Indiana University (IU).  As a senior development officer, this role works in collaboration with development and academic leaders across the university to provide fundraising leadership and direction.  The EVP will implement initiatives that build life-long relationships with donors and enhance the performance of university development partners, working in concert with IU Foundation’s strategic plan.  The EVP will develop and nurture effective working relationships with academic unit leaders and fundraising staff across all seven IU campuses. The EVP is expected to cultivate an innovative, nimble and high-performing organization that promotes diversity and inclusiveness among staff and volunteers.

Education and Experience Required

•       A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is highly preferred.

•       Minimum of 10 years’ experience in fundraising and minimum 7 years’ management experience at a Director level or higher.

Qualifications and Characteristics

•       Prior leadership experience in a large, complex higher-education environment, including evidence of effective strategic planning and implementation of action plans;

•       Experience working with high-wealth prospects/donors and high profile leaders; prior success in securing principal gift level support;

•       Experience related to all aspects of planning and successfully executing large  fundraising campaigns including working with academic leaders and preparing transformative and complex gift proposals;

•       Experience leading both major gifts officers and development staff not in front-line fundraising positions (e.g., research, donor relations, event management, etc.);

•       Proven analytical skills – proficiency at framing and solving complex problems, proficiency in using large databases (e.g., standard fundraising data) to set goals and identify opportunities for improvement;

•       An understanding of the importance of, and demonstrated success in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and volunteers;

•       Knowledge of and experience applying basic business and financial tools such as root cause identification, breakeven analyses, and other various approaches of how to assess return on investment and financial impact of development-related spending, etc.;

•       Demonstrated commitment to fostering collaboration across advancement disciplines;

•       Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills including comfort and skill when speaking to large audiences.

How To Apply

Visit to learn more about this position and to submit your application. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the posting is removed.


We are sensitive to how the COVID- 19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the upmost flexibility throughout the interview process. As the IU Foundation and much of Indiana University is currently observing a remote environment, initial interviews will likely be conducted via Zoom for the safety and well-being of all involved.

The IU Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or veteran status. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and members of other minority or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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