Houston, TX 77005

Associate Vice President, Development, Rice University

The Organization

Rice has achieved a position among America’s great research universities. Even in that category, it is distinctive: Rice is a great small university. That is, while smaller than most, Rice is able to compete with the best in the nation — indeed, in the world. To support and to enhance this record of success, Rice University seeks a new associate vice president for development (AVP).

Position Overview

Reporting to the vice president for development and alumni relations, Kathi Dantley Warren, and serving as a member of her leadership staff, this person will provide leadership, evaluation and mentoring to the individual giving program, planned giving and annual giving, by coordinating efforts to maximize philanthropic support.

Coming off the great success of Rice’s Centennial Celebration and Centennial Campaign, which exceeded its ambitious $1B goal by raising $1.1B, the new AVP will be a main point of contact with campus leadership, working to develop philanthropic and fundraising strategies, managing the participation of deans and other university leaders in philanthropy and preparing them for prospect meetings and solicitations. As a senior member of the fundraising team, this person will be a member of the principal gifts team and manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects capable of gifts at the $1M+ level. This AVP will work to ensure the successful achievement of aggressive fundraising goals for themselves and their team and will have extensive experience working on a comprehensive campaign. This person will oversee a team of 140 and will have a minimum of ten years experience, a bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred.

How To Apply

A full leadership profile is available at www.wittkieffer.com. Please direct all nominations and resumes with cover letters to Mercedes Vance and Lisa Meyer, the WittKieffer consultants leading this search, preferably via e-mail, to RiceAVPDev@wittkieffer.com.

Rice University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.