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Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs

The Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs is the chief development and alumni officer of the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville. The Vice Chancellor will advise the Chancellor and senior leaders on matters related to development and alumni affairs; manage the development and alumni affairs staff and related programming; collaboratively oversee development for Tennessee Athletics; build and strengthen relationships with alumni and friends; expand the donor base and increase philanthropic contributions by $100 million by 2020; and collaborate with advancement colleagues at other campuses and institutes in the UT System. The Vice Chancellor will lead a development strategy that will help achieve the university’s goals and enhance its global reputation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Vice Chancellor serves as a core member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UT Foundation’s leadership team. The role includes identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and organizations. The Vice Chancellor will manage development and alumni affairs programs to enhance the relationship between the university and its alumni. Building upon the current foundation, the Vice Chancellor will lead and coordinate capital and programmatic fundraising campaigns.


The ideal candidate will be a demonstrated leader in philanthropy and relationship building with a proven track record of developing and implementing fundraising strategies for a variety of constituents. Experience in higher education strongly preferred.


Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.


Significant years of relevant advancement experience in a progressively responsible role. Experience in higher education strongly preferred.

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to lead, motivate, and mentor development and alumni affairs teams
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tax-advantaged and incented giving plans
  • Effective community relations skills and the ability to influence, inspire, and motivate a diverse constituency
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including written, oral, listening, and presentation
  • Experience planning, implementing, managing, and conducting a major fundraising campaign
  • Experience in best practices in fundraising management
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit principal gifts
  • Experience planning and managing change
  • Demonstrated ability to be a problem solver
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s diversity and intercultural goals
  • Ability to plan and manage resources and prioritize new initiatives
  • Proven track record in leading successful fundraising programs


The Vice Chancellor will exhibit professional qualities of discretion, creativity, decisiveness, diplomacy, tact, adaptability, fairness, common sense, and political savvy. Demonstrated behavioral expectations include:

  • Unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to the campus’s mission and strategic plan
  • Ability to make good, consistent, and fair decisions (based on facts and data)
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork
  • Ability to work with the University of Tennessee System and its counterparts and external and internal audiences

Additional Application Information

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit Aspen Leadership Group’s web site.

The University of Tennessee Foundation Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

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