Chief Philanthropy Officer-Campus


Job Summary:

The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will implement advancement programs designed to generate revenue in a donor-centric, sustainable fashion. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will be a leader and partner, helping to lead all campus (non-health) fundraising staff including academic, student services, athletics, and community-facing units, providing strong overall leadership for all aspects of the university’s advancement program. In collaboration with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, University of Utah Health, the Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will provide visionary leadership for University Advancement, developing and executing plans to ensure that the university can rely on an increasing and sustainable flow of philanthropic support. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will be called upon to provide leadership in a number of crucial areas, including increasing fundraising productivity and success, maintaining a portfolio of major donors, focusing on advancing the university’s scholarship and student support programs, and working closely with the Provost to grow support for campus-wide (non-health) initiatives.


The University of Utah raised $415 million in fiscal year 2022 from more than 40,000 alumni, grateful patients, and friends of the university. University Advancement bases its work on donor-centric and One U collaborative principles and provides central services to development professionals across the campus. This includes gift processing, prospect management and research, information systems, annual giving, legacy giving, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, as well as strategy and planning. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus also manages frontline fundraising for the non-health academic colleges, student support initiatives, and community-facing organizations. In FY22, these areas accounted for $247 million of the total dollars raised and 37,000 of the donors.


The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will report to the Vice President for University Advancement, and will serve as a senior member of the University Advancement Team. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will be a member of the expanded Council of Academic Deans and the University Leadership Council. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will oversee a team of fundraisers for the 12 academic colleges, led by a Senior Executive Director of Advancement; the Student Support Initiatives team fundraising for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, and EDI , led by a Senior Advancement Director; and community-facing organizations including public broadcasting, theatres, museums, and University Neighborhood Partners. The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus also will work closely with the Athletics fundraising team.


The University of Utah celebrates the rich diversity of its staff, students, trainees, and faculty, by striving to make its campus a welcoming, inclusive, and anti-racist environment. The ways in which communication takes place should always seek to honor the humanity of each person who crosses paths with the institution, where no one perspective is more worthy than another.

As a part of the University of Utah, University Advancement is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ). It embraces this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, it recognizes that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from its ongoing EDI practices, and University Advancement works intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of its fundraising and advancement work. It highly encourages applications from historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to the team.


The Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus will

  • maintain a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects, with particular focus on scholarships and student support;
  • collaborate with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for University Advancement to identify campus priorities and solicit gifts;
  • manage the campus (non-health) Development Directors, most closely those participating in the dual report, including hiring and personnel decisions, establishing performance goals and objectives, developing cultivation and solicitation strategies, and expediting the professional development and training of such staff;
  • foster diversity at all levels of the organization, including the professional staff, the volunteer corps, and the constituencies served;
  • collaborate closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, University of Utah Health to develop and execute a plan for building a pool of fundraising talent as well as career paths for development staff, ensuring common policies and processes across the two frontline fundraising teams;
  • and liaison campus front-line fundraising with the University Advancement office’s service, data, and prospect management functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of professional fundraising experience. Demonstrated skills in leadership, management, financial planning, quality improvement, and service delivery; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.


A proven record of fundraising effectiveness in an academic setting; A graduate degree(s) or comparable experience. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

The University of Utah seeks a Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus with a commitment to the mission of the University of Utah—to generate and share new knowledge, discoveries, and innovations, engaging local and global communities to promote education, health, and quality of life; a history of leadership, management, financial planning, quality improvement, service delivery, human relations, and effective communication; progressively responsible experience as a development leader and manager in a complex, decentralized, comprehensive university environment; experience managing a large team of fundraisers with a focus on metrics, systems, and relationship building skills to maximize strategic cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors; a deep understanding of and commitment to an integrated advancement program; experience in a complex major research university environment; and a deep understanding of the natural tension that exists when working with a multitude of colleges, centers, and programs with varying priorities. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least ten years of professional fundraising experience.

Type: Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the University of Utah as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected. To apply for this position, visit:Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus, University of Utah (

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Utah in the search for a Chief Philanthropy Officer–Main Campus. To nominate a candidate, please contact Steven Wallace, .

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: Director/ Title IX Coordinator Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA) 135 Park Building Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801-581-8365 Online reports may be submitted at For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: (%) or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Specific details

Organization University of Utah
Contact Person Janine Murphy
Phone 801.585.9416
Closing Date ---
Salary Range $250,000 to $325,000