A leading, privately endowed research university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University strives to be a model university for the interweaving of liberal education and fundamental knowledge with practical education and impact on societal and world problems. While offering the highest level of education possible, Cornell has earned a reputation as one of the top ten research institutions in the world.
Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) encompasses nearly 400 staff members, operates with a budget of $63 million, and is dedicated to engaging alumni, parents, and friends in the life of Cornell. Helping Cornellians connect with one another and with the University throughout their lives, AAD produces hundreds of events, helps Cornellians build community, and raises funds in support of the University’s mission. With a long, distinguished history, the division remains one of the strongest and most vibrant university alumni affairs and development programs anywhere.
Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development and serving as a key member of the leadership team, the Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units (AVP) will lead a team of more than 35 staff, comprising nine direct reports, which include the Assistant/Associate Deans and Directors of Alumni Affairs and Development in eight colleges and units and University Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy. In partnership with Deans and the college-unit AAD teams, the AVP will lead the planning and execution of the annual and long-range fundraising and engagement strategy, with a focus on the maximization of principal and major gifts.
The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator who has exceptional judgment and the ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies. They will bring a commitment to effective management and analysis, while demonstrating innovation and inspiring growth. A visionary and equitable leader, the AVP will have proven success in and a commitment to creating and promoting a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace environment and will be dedicated to the mission and core values of Cornell.