Senior Executive Director of Advancement


University of Utah Health (U of U Health) Advancement is looking for a new Senior Executive Director of Advancement to join their team and help them propel their successful and growing organization to new heights.

The Senior Executive Director of Advancement (SEDOA) for the University of Utah School of Medicine leads a team of clinical and academic fundraisers and alumni relations professionals to raise funds in support of key clinical, research and educational initiatives such as diabetes, global health, genomics, medical innovation, precision medicine, neuroscience and cardiovascular medicine.

The University of Utah School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two-year medical school and transitioned to a four-year, medical-degree-granting institution in 1941. The School of Medicine is located on the upper campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It serves as the only MD-granting institution in the state of Utah and as the only academic medical center in the Intermountain West. The University of Utah School of Medicine combines excellence in teaching, research and clinical expertise to train tomorrow's physicians for the rapidly changing world of medicine. With a faculty of more than 1,000 physicians and researchers and 22 clinical and basic science departments, the School of Medicine trains the majority of Utah physicians. The School of Medicine also is widely recognized for interdisciplinary research in the genetics of disease, cancer, biomedical informatics, infectious diseases and other areas of leading-edge medicine, and is ranked in US News & World Report 2020, #15 in Research, #14 in Primary Care and #2 in the Physician Assistant Program.

The SEDOA is one of two senior leaders in the University of Utah Health Advancement office reporting directly to the Chief Philanthropy Officer. The SEDOA will be responsible for creating a vision and executing a strategy to continue the rapid growth trajectory of the department and achieve the next level of excellence. The SEDOA will be responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy to engage both grateful patients and alumni in the priorities of the School of Medicine and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Strategic initiatives include the continued growth and development of grateful patient and alumni engagement programs, enhanced collaboration with the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, and the development of best-in-class alumni relations, annual fund and stewardship programs.

The SEDOA will be an experienced development professional with significant leadership experience, preferably with a considerable portion of that background in academic medicine. A successful track record as a builder of teams and programs is a requirement, as well as being a visionary with impressive strategic planning and campaign experience. This person will also be a principal gifts fundraiser and will have the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish strong relationships and partnerships internally and externally. Experience with grateful patient fundraising would be a decided advantage. Additional information about the position including a leadership profile, can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance, Ben Haden and Kati Sweaney at .

As a part of the University of Utah, the University Advancement division is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We embrace 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, we recognize 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 the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email: .


Specific details

Organization University of Utah School of Medicine
Contact Person Mercedes Chacón Vance, Ben Haden and Kati Sweaney
Phone 630-990-1370
Closing Date 2021-03-25
Salary Range $185,000 - $200,000