President and Chief Development Officer

Position Overview

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The University of Alaska Foundation (UA Foundation) is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest and nominations of candidates to serve as president of the UA Foundation, located in Anchorage, Alaska, and chief development officer for the University of Alaska (university). This is a unique and exciting opportunity to play a significant leadership role in expanding and increasing philanthropy for the university system-wide, including providing direction for the university’s first system-wide comprehensive campaign.

The president/chief development officer will work with the UA Foundation Board of Directors and the university president to establish and execute system-level strategies that grow and sustain private donations in support of the university mission and priorities. He/she will ensure that the UA Foundation is effectively managed and carrying out its responsibilities in the prudent stewardship and investment of private philanthropic resources donated to benefit the university. He/she will work collaboratively with the chancellors and advancement leaders for the University of Alaska’s three universities to help optimize resources and efforts invested in advancement.

The UA Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that operates for the exclusive benefit of the university. Its purpose is to accept donations to the university and to manage, invest, and oversee the handling of those contributed funds to ensure each donor’s intent is met. The UA Foundation also provides strategic direction, coordination, and technical assistance in development to the three universities in the University of Alaska system.

This position will serve as president of the UA Foundation, reporting to the Foundation board of directors, and as the University of Alaska’s chief development officer, reporting to the University of Alaska vice president of university relations and serving as a member of the university’s senior leadership team. The successful candidate will have successful leadership qualifications in a senior administrative capacity; demonstrated success in fundraising; and/or experience in universities, foundations and working with endowments; and a commitment to and understanding of public higher education. A complete leadership profile may be found above. 

The University of Alaska is comprised of three separately accredited universities – University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). In fulfilling its mission to inspire learning and to advance and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples, the university serves approximately 33,000 students on 16 campuses across Alaska.

Nominations and Applications

The Search Committee will review application materials as received and continue until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to:

and must include a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate meets the Search Committee’s qualifications, preferred attributes, and the opportunities for leadership as described in the position profile (download above); a curriculum vitae; a Diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important; and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of candidates. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Nominators and prospective applicants may contact the executive search consultants: 

Kimberly S.Templeton, JD, Principal / (202) 776.0820 / Cell: (540) 761.9494

James (Jim) Lanier, Jr., Executive Search Consultant / (202) 580.5194

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