Ithaca, NY

Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell University

The Organization

A leading, privately endowed research university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University strives to be a model university for the interweaving of liberal education and fundamental knowledge with practical education and impact on societal and world problems. While offering the highest level of education possible, Cornell has earned a reputation as one of the top ten research institutions in the world.

Position Overview

Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD), led by Fred Van Sickle, operates with a team of approximately 400 and a budget of $63 million. The University will publicly announce a university-wide $5B campaign in October 2021 to achieve further success in service to society. As of July 5, 2021, $2.5B has been raised toward this effort which will end in 2026. Fiscal year 2021 was Cornell’s best fundraising year to date, nearly exceeding $800M for the first time; the Annual Fund exceeded $50M, also a historic high for the institution; and 130K of the 200K undergraduate alumni have been engaged, achieving another set target last year.

Cornell University is seeking its next Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni and Development Affairs (SAVP) to manage the day-to-day activities of a team of 200+ responsible for leadership and major gifts fundraising programs, campaign planning, and prospect research. Providing executive leadership and strategic direction to fundraising programs across the division, including Major Gifts, College and Unit fundraising, Foundation Relations, and Annual Giving fundraising programs, the SAVP will also collaborate and lead office-wide goal setting, organizational assessment, and continuous improvement processes within an operation that supports group achievement and individual development; ensuring that the management team is effectively maximizing resources to mobilize a talented staff in engaging an extraordinarily loyal and diverse group of alumni, parents, and friends. A key member of the Senior Leadership Team, the SAVP will serve as a critical thought partner to the VP for Alumni Affairs and Development in implementing the annual organizational and longer-term fundraising growth strategies creating a sustainable model for Cornell’s next campaign.

How To Apply

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