Executive Director of Development


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Weber State University in the search for an Executive Director of Development.

Reporting to the Vice President of University Development, the Executive Director of Development will provide leadership for all aspects of major gift fundraising including the establishment, coordination, and implementation of fundraising goals and strategies for the university. In partnership with the Vice President of University Advancement, the Executive Director of Development will develop and implement annual fundraising operating plans as well as oversee a team of talented frontline fundraisers.

Founded in 1889, Weber State University (WSU) is an exceptional teaching university providing associate, baccalaureate, and master degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, technical, and professional fields. Encouraging freedom of expression and valuing diversity, the university provides excellent educational experiences for students through extensive personal contact among faculty, staff, and students in and out of the classroom. Through academic programs, research, artistic expression, public service, and community-based learning, the university serves as an educational, cultural, and economic leader for the region.

WSU is classified as a Master’s L institution under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university offers more than 250 undergraduate certificate and degree programs and 16 graduate degrees.

Serving nearly 30,000 students, drawn predominately from Utah but also including representatives from all 50 states and 47 foreign countries, WSU takes pride in its student-centered environment that meets the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. WSU graduates are broadly educated, capable, and prepared for meaningful careers, graduate, and professional schools and civic engagement.

The hallmark of the university is excellent teaching with extraordinary personal interactions between faculty and students. Pivotal to Weber State University's mission is the need to embrace and value the diversity of its members. Acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, Weber State University seeks to cultivate an environment that encourages freedom of expression. Because the university is a community where inquiry is nurtured and theories are tested, every individual has the right to feel safe to express ideas that differ from those held by other members of the community.

Weber State is also home to two public charter academies. The Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES), located at WSU Davis, is an early college high school that works in partnership with WSU to prepare students for an early transition into a university baccalaureate program. The WSU Charter Academy, located on the Ogden campus, offers an on-site kindergarten where faculty, students, and families work together to develop children’s academic, social, emotional, and physical capabilities.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position. Eight years of significant major gift fundraising ($50,000 or more) at a university including three or more years of staff leadership experience meeting defined goals is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.