Burlington, VT

President and Chief Executive Officer, The University of Vermont Foundation

The Organization

The University of Vermont Foundation (UVMF) seeks a collaborative, energetic, innovative and dynamic leader as their President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Having recently celebrated the success of raising $580 million Move Mountains: The Campaign for the University of Vermont, the Foundation is exceptionally well positioned to build upon this record of success.

Reporting to the Board of Directors of the UVM Foundation and working in close contact with The University of Vermont (UVM) President Suresh Garimella, currently in his third year, the CEO leads an enterprise entirely dedicated to the support of UVM, the State’s flagship institution, the University of Vermont Medical Center and the UVM Health Network. A Carnegie R2 Doctoral University, UVM provides the full range of education, scholarly research, creative endeavors and public service to the State and its citizens, including NCAA Division I athletics and a comprehensive academic medical center in Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation is fully aligned with the activities and goals of UVM.

The new CEO will join the Foundation at an ideal time. Building on the success of the most recent campaign, the CEO will implement the strategic plan for the Foundation, a centerpiece of which will be a comprehensive suite of campaign efforts that will drive the University to new heights. President Garimella is articulating an exciting and aspirational agenda for UVM that will capture the imagination of CEO candidates. The Foundation’s infrastructure is exceptionally sound with an excellent team that is innovative and readily accepts new ideas, embraces continuous improvement, and is ready to support the new CEO.

Accomplishing the strategic vision President Garimella has set forth in Amplifying Our Impact requires an advancement leader of considerable experience and success. Demonstrating a successful track record as a major and/or principal gift fundraiser within a complex university and academic medical center, the new CEO will benefit from 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience, preferably within an institution of equal or greater complexity; direct experience with an institutionally related foundation is preferred. This position collaborates with and oversees the advancement activities of the Chief Development Officer for the Academic Health Sciences, including the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the UVM Medical Center and the UVM Health Network which to date represent 50% of the gifts and endowments for the institution. Superior strategic skills are of the utmost importance, as are excellent skills in relationship-building, media and communication. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of how best to leverage engaged alumni and a robust alumni association to maximize philanthropic investment. Financial acumen, including the ability to work closely with a highly successful investment committee managing a large endowment is essential. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. Additional information about the position, including a leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

The Foundation is poised to increase significantly its capacity to support UVM and thus to have a direct and lasting impact on the citizens of the State and beyond. The Foundation’s next leader will play a seminal role in that success.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Greg Duyck at UVMFPresident@wittkieffer.com.

The UVM Foundation is dedicated to improving our organization and the University, in part by better reflecting the alumni and students we serve. We are committed to diversity and to building an environment that values and supports equity, and inclusiveness for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment.

We encourage applications from qualified individuals with a demonstrated commitment to these ideals and especially invite members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities, who will help the Foundation support UVM’s commitment to the global community.

The University of Vermont Foundation is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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