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Executive Leadership Opportunity

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Davenport University cultivates a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We actively promote full participation of all community members and seek multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.  Diversity, equity and inclusion is the framework for the way we engage talent and use resources, including physical and fiscal, to conduct business as we equip students, faculty and staff for an inclusive way of being and leading in the world. Davenport University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Hispanic Advocate Award in 2014 and the 2016 Giving Back Award. 

Executive Vice President for Alumni and Development

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Who We are and What We Do

Founded in 1866, Davenport University is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online serving nearly 7,000 students. Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 80 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers.

As the University’s Alumni & Development team, we strive to position donors and alumni as active leaders in making Davenport’s mission a reality. We love being able to support student scholarships and programming. The EVP for Alumni & Development plays a key role in securing substantial financial resources and gifts that enable Davenport to accomplish its mission and achieve its strategic goals.

Why Are We Hiring for This Position

Our current Executive Vice President for Alumni & Development is retiring which has created an exciting opportunity for our team to recruit an innovative, collaborative leader to fill this essential role and contribute to DU’s fundraising success at an exciting time for the University.   


  • Serve on the President’s Leadership Team and Cabinet and advise the President on alumni and development matters.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising strategy.
  • Create an annual development plan, including goals, strategies, tactics, resource requirements, and budget to meet ongoing fundraising needs.
  • Direct all development activities of the University, including, but not limited to:  major gifts, annual and capital campaigns, and planned giving.
  • In collaboration with University leadership, plan and execute comprehensive campaigns.
  • Develop and oversee a prospect management system that includes “moves management.” 
  • Hire, train and develop alumni and development staff.
  • Provide leadership for special alumni and development events.
  • Participate with the Board of Trustees.
  • Engage in the strategic planning activities of the University.
  • Lead the Davenport University Foundation as Executive Director and Secretary, serving the Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for Corporate relationships and development for the University.


Be a part of a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We promote full participation of all community members and support multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.

As a full-time team member, you will be eligible for a robust array of benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with 10% employer contribution, tuition remission, generous paid-time-off and more.  This executive level position is eligible for additional benefits which will be discussed during the interview process.


This position is responsible for cultivating relationships, working in conjunction with the President, to enhance giving.  These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University’s mission, vision, and values which include diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of seven to ten years in major gift fundraising experience that includes campaign planning and execution.   
  • Minimum of five years experience leading a team in a progressively challenging leadership position.
  • A record of significant achievement in fund raising and public relations, preferably in higher education.
  • Positive demonstrated leadership ability.
  • A creative approach to the development of University relationships and fund-raising.


For additional information about Davenport University, West Michigan and this opportunity, visit:

Are you ready to apply?  Apply now using our online application. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.