A leading privately endowed research university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is unique within the Ivy League. The University is responsible for, and committed to, making contributions in fields of knowledge to help improve the quality of life in its state, the nation, and the world. Serving 21,500 students from its global campus footprint in Ithaca, New York City, Doha, Qatar and other regions across the world, Cornell University proudly provides the highest level of education possible. Its entire workforce — more than 9,500 faculty and staff — contribute to the fabric of the community and the possibility for building on a long and recognized tradition of alumni relations and development excellence. The University strives to be widely recognized as a top-ten research university in the world, and a model university for the interweaving of liberal education and fundamental knowledge with practical education and impact on societal and world problems.
Reporting to the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, the newly created Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development (SAVP) position is an opportunity for a highly skilled manager and proven fundraising expert to lead and inspire a high-performing and experienced team. As Cornell enters its next phase of fundraising growth, the selected candidate will possess significant experience working at a complex institution that aspires to best practices along with excellent communication skills, exceptional judgement, and an ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies. The SAVP will bring a commitment to effective management and analysis, while demonstrating innovation, inspiration and flexibility in order to drive growth. As the primary thought partner to the Vice President in implementing the annual organizational and longer term fundraising growth strategies and creating a sustainable model for the next campaign, the SAVP will lead office-wide goal setting, organizational assessment, continuous improvement processes, and talent management. The SAVP will also manage a reasonable sized portfolio of key prospects. This is an outstanding opportunity for a development leader who is an excellent and inspiring manager and a strategic, creative, and collaborative colleague.