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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, United States
4 days ago
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States
4 days ago


As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is seeking a strategic, forward-thinking, and solutions-oriented advancement leader to serve as Associate Vice President to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in Ithaca, NY.

Cornell has publicly announced a university-wide $5B campaign in October 2021 to achieve further success in service to society. As of June, 2022, $3.3B has been raised toward this effort which will end in 2026. Fiscal year 2022 was Cornell’s best fundraising year with results over $900M; the Annual Fund exceeded $50M, also a historic high for the institution, Additionally, 150K of the 200K undergraduate alumni have been engaged, achieving another set target last year. 

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Development Colleges and Units (AVP) is a senior leader in the Division of Alumni Affairs & Development (AAD) and a member of the Vice President’s Senior Leadership Team.   This is one of two positions in AAD assigned to manage Assistant/Associate Deans and Directors.

The AVP will join a dynamic team of highly successful fundraising professionals and lead one of the nation’s top advancement operations.  In partnership with the second AVP, this role will set the operational standards, implement fundraising strategies that are aligned with university priorities, and continuously develop a robust and diverse team. The position requires an excellent and inspiring manager and a strategic, creative, and collaborative colleague.

The AVP leads a team of Assistant/Associate Deans and Directors of Alumni Affairs and Development in the following colleges and units: SC Johnson College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, David R. Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Ann S. Bowers College of Computer & Information Sciences, Johnson Museum of Art, Law School and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Additionally, the AVP provides oversight of University Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy. 

To accomplish these duties, he/ she also works closely with the Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Development, Deans/Directors, the Provost, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to advance the university mission and priorities.

Rewards and Benefits

Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive health care options

  • Access to wellness programs

  • Employee discounts with local and national retail brands

  • Generous retirement contributions

  • Leave provisions including three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays

  • Impressive educational benefits including tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program

  • Learn more about benefit opportunities

Key Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the college-unit AAD Team, assist in the planning and execution of the annual fundraising and engagement strategy and the longer roadmap towards campaign success.

  • Track the progress towards goal and inspire innovative ideas that will identify and result in new gifts and donors.

  • Lead as a strategic partner with the deans and directors, with a particular focus on the maximization of Principal Gifts and Major Gifts

  • Work with the Vice President, Sr. Associate VP and the dean or director to advance the vision of the leadership and related constituencies towards success of the campaign

  • Actively engage as a senior leader in efforts to advance the goals, mission and values of the Division

  • Recruit, on-board and supervise jointly with the dean or director, AAD program directors for the colleges and units.

  • Be a resource for the college-unit based teams in development of career pathing and professional training.

  • Foster an inclusive and respectful environment, promoting an environment of continuous and open feedback


  • A bachelor’s degree is required

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas of development and in a campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion); demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

  • Particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans, executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives, developing fundraising strategies, and creating and managing a budget is critical; experience working directly with the most senior levels of an organization is very important; ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents, including the dean, faculty, senior administrators, major and principal gift officers, alumni, donors, and major benefactors.

  • Experience with major gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with related areas that may include planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and alumni affairs and annual fund strategies for grooming the next generation of leadership donors; success in securing gifts from various constituencies.

  • Ability to articulate Cornell's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities and goals with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity and to compel others to action.

  • A strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people and fostering a transparent work environment where collegiality is a key to success.

  • Ability to develop trust and strong collaborative working relationships; experience nurturing and motivating high-level volunteers and expressing appreciation for their role in building an effective development network.

  • Possess the ability to think strategically and creatively, apply critical thinking and analysis skills, and to develop and transform new ideas into executable and successful programs with an eye towards the future.

  • Possesses a high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to AAD’s values of Service, Unity, Respect, and Excellence.

  • Strong computer skills, which should include desktop software, databases, and networked information systems; familiarity and comfort in leveraging data to elevate our work.

This position is based in Ithaca, NY with the opportunity to work in a hybrid environment.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64012513
  • Location:
    Ithaca, New York, United States
  • Position Title: Associate Vice President, Colleges and Units
  • Company Name For Job: Cornell University
  • Job Function: Advancement Management,
    Alumni Relations
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Executive Level

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