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Education: Higher Education

Associate Vice President, Major Gifts

Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University, established in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, has evolved into one of the most esteemed educational and research institutions in the United States. Rooted in its motto, “non sibi, sed suis” (not for oneself, but for one’s own), Tulane embodies a commitment to creating, communicating, and conserving knowledge. The University is dedicated to enriching the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to think, learn, and act with integrity and wisdom.

Tulane’s community, characterized by its exploration, innovation, and inclusivity, seeks to improve lives locally and globally. As a member of the Association of American Universities, Tulane stands among top-ranked research institutions, offering a diverse range of over 75 majors and minors across various disciplines. Under the leadership of President Mike Fitts, Tulane is focused on interdisciplinary teaching and research to address the world’s pressing issues, making it a hub for collaboration and innovation.

The Opportunity

The Associate Vice President (AVP), Major Gifts, position presents a senior fundraising professional with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to Tulane’s Office of Advancement.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Advancement, the AVP will play a strategic role in advancing comprehensive unit/school-based advancement initiatives, encompassing major gifts, parents, gift planning, legal affairs, compliance, and regional fundraising. The AVP is expected to bring a collaborative and collegial spirit to their work, working closely with various departments within the Office of Advancement. In addition to managing personnel within the major gifts team, the AVP will oversee the regional volunteer structure of Tulane’s campaigns, ensuring effective collaboration for short-term and long-term fundraising success.

Portfolio management is a key responsibility, involving the creation, management, and advancement of priority relationships with a substantial portfolio of high-level prospects. The AVP plays a pivotal role in the oversight of the Regional Major Gifts Committee, contributing to the development and implementation of a regional plan for the Tulane campaign.

This role requires a seasoned professional with a bachelor’s degree; 15 years of experience in fundraising or related positions; experience managing a team; and a demonstrated ability to build and manage relationships, solicit large gifts, and work effectively with diverse stakeholders. The AVP will contribute to Tulane’s mission of fostering a distinctive international university environment that combines learning, research, and community-building initiatives.

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