Greeley, CO

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Northern Colorado

The Organization

University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a growing public university of nearly 13,000 students served by more than 1,500 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus. UNC invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. If you are an individual with a high level of productivity, who demonstrates a high degree of integrity and transparency with the ability to adapt to changing environments, both within the university and externally, then this opportunity is for you!

Located sixty miles northeast of Denver, UNC offers students a transformative educational experience through a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University strives to be an exemplary teaching and learning community that integrates all aspects of students’ experiences in and outside of the classroom, a philosophy which extends to UNC’s Intercollegiate Athletics program. The University offers 19 NCAA Division I sports, primarily in the Big Sky Conference.

Position Overview

UNC seeks a talented and experienced development leader with a strong track record in fundraising. The University stands poised and committed to the success of its fundraising and alumni relations efforts. The new vice president will have broad authority to shape a development program in the annual fund, individual giving, and corporate and foundation fundraising. A collaborative approach to leadership and an understanding of the integrated nature of development with alumni relations and public relations/marketing is a serious requirement. 

He or she will be expected to manage the development office and work closely with the president, vice president’s, the UNC Foundation President, deans, and others on campus to expand an understanding of a philanthropic culture, alumni outreach and enhance giving. The vice president will ensure that the development officers are efficiently, effectively, and productively engaging in their fundraising work, assuring that top prospects are effectively being cultivated, solicited, and stewarded. 

UNC seeks a vice president who will assess and mentor the team, raise it to a new level of quality and effectiveness, and continue to enhance its strong culture of collaboration and collegiality. Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the President’s Executive Team, the vice president must have a proven track record of solicitation and closing of major gifts and will actively carry a portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects. Leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is desirable. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

A complete leadership profile can be found at:

How To Apply

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications are invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Northern Colorado consultants, Jennifer Biehn and Mercedes Vance at While electronic communication is preferred, documents that must be mailed may be sent to:

University of Northern Colorado

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

c/o Witt/Kieffer

Attn: Mercedes Vance/Jennifer Biehn

2015 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Phone: 630-575-6948

The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We take pride in the diversity of our staff, and seek diversity in our applicants.

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