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Associate Vice President for Philanthropy

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

The University of Kentucky (UK) stands as a leading public, land-grant institution dedicated to fostering diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

At the heart of UK’s mission is a dedication to providing exceptional education, conducting innovative research, inspiring creativity, and engaging in meaningful outreach opportunities. Boasting a record enrollment of 6,500 first-year students in 2023 and a total of 34,000 students, UK is a vibrant academic community supported by 3,000 faculty and 15,000 full-time staff. The University’s mission reflects a holistic vision, emphasizing not only academic excellence but also the vital role it plays in shaping a better, more inclusive world.

This mission is supported by the recent Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, a transformative milestone in the history of the University of Kentucky, reflecting a resounding commitment to excellence and societal impact. This comprehensive campaign soared to unprecedented heights, reaching its ambitious $2.1 billion goal, making it the largest fundraising campaign in the history of both the University and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.With a focus on propelling the institution to new heights, Kentucky Can underscores the University of Kentucky’s dedication to making a lasting positive impact on its community and beyond.

The Opportunity

The Associate Vice President of Philanthropy (AVP) at the University of Kentucky is a leadership position that will drive the institution’s philanthropic efforts to the next level.

As a key player in the dynamic field of development strategy, principal gift fundraising, and donor relations, the AVP will work collaboratively with academic deans and unit leaders to oversee fundraising initiatives within the four largest and highest producing units within the University. Responsible for leading a team of 40 advancement professionals, the AVP will have significant influence on the strategic direction for University-wide fundraising, particularly after the success of the historic $2.1 billion Kentucky Can campaign. The ideal candidate is expected to bring a track record of success developing and leading best-in-class teams and a commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration, transparency, and innovation within the philanthropy and alumni engagement spheres.

The AVP will manage principal gift strategy, working closely with the President, Vice President for Philanthropy, and other senior leaders to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors capable of making gift commitments of $5 million or more. The position involves managing academic college philanthropy officers, including responsibilities for hiring, coaching, setting standards, and performance evaluation.

This role is ideal for a seasoned professional with experience in navigating complex organizations, comprehensive fundraising planning, and advancing diversity and inclusion within the context of philanthropy.


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