Reporting to the SVP for Advancement, the Vice President for Philanthropy provides both university-wide and divisional level leadership in growing philanthropic support for Auburn University. Serving as a member of Auburn Advancement leadership, the VP drives development officer performance, and builds the donor base for support to earn benefactor loyalty. Builds training and development programs to maximize philanthropy for Auburn University and assists Auburn Advancement’s vision of leading and shaping the future of advancement.
Leads and directs all fundraising teams for Auburn University, coaches development staff, and
builds partnerships with campus leaders to increase philanthropic support for Auburn University.
Responsible for new program development and assessment regarding principle gifts, pipeline
growth, and donor success.
Serves as an executive liaison to the development committee of the Auburn University Foundation
(fiduciary governing agency).
Utilizes data, systems, and technology to cultivate a robust prospect pool and innovative strategy to
nurture sustained fundraising growth.
Grows and maintains donor relationships as well as partnerships with academic and university
leaders to earn confidence and trust. Collaborates with all university partners (employees, alumni,
friends, etc.) to efficiently and effectively meet Advancement needs.
Builds organizational commitment to values, culture, and employee engagement. Drives a high
performance culture focused on aspirational goals, results, and constant improvement.
Leads the collection, tracking, and analysis of fundraising performance metrics to reach established
goals, and presents relevant data to stakeholders.
Travels regularly to call on donors, prospects and coach development staff.
Identifies, develops, and mentors talent within reporting lines and across the organization with a
focus on succession planning. Leads, supervises, and directs a leadership team responsible for
collegiate programs, regional development, major gifts, gift planning, and advancement services.
Leads change initiatives with an emphasis on organizational growth and performance.