Executive Director for University Advancement

Executive Director for University Advancement

  • 526071
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Officer/Senior Administrator
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Senior Administrator
  • UAF Chancellor

University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking an Executive Director of University Advancement to provide strategic and dynamic leadership in the areas of Development, Alumni Relations, and University Relations, working closely with the chancellor's cabinet and members of the university community. The Executive Director of University Advancement will provide leadership and direction in all areas of university advancement including the development, implementation, and evaluation of UAF’s fundraising efforts, donor relations, alumni affairs and engagement, marketing, communications, and public relations strategies and activities. This position will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders including alumni, benefactors, students, faculty, staff, and the broader community in advancing the university’s overall mission of research, teaching, and public service. This position will report to the UAF chancellor and serve as a member of the chancellor’s core cabinet.

Leadership/management experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations, strategic planning, and public speaking. Documented successful experience in executive-level management requiring financial accountability, contract administration and supervision of both technical and non-technical staff.

Preferred experience:
Higher education experience, fundraising credentials (CFRE), public relations certification (APR), experience with major fundraising campaigns, alumni relations experience. Familiarity with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required in business administration, communications, public relations, marketing, management, public administration, non-profit management or related field.

Preferred education or training:
Master's degree in similar disciplines.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. This is a full-time, exempt staff position with a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. We offer a competitive salary ranging from $135,000 to $190,000.

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.  

Applications will be accepted for review on May 20th, 2024 to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on May 19th, 2024.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution, and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Reports can be located for Universities: at UAA at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/safety/, UAF at https://www.uaf.edu/orca/compliance/security-fire.php and UAS at https://uas.alaska.edu/equity-and-compliance/clery-act/annual-security-reports.html.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Bridget Thimsen, SBO Sr. HR Coordinator, at bmthimsen@alaska.edu or 907-474-5979.

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