Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts, Emory University

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Emory University in the search for an Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts.

The Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will plan and implement a coordinated program of fundraising activities at the principal gifts level for all schools and units of Emory University. Managing a high-performing team of principal gift and presidential engagement staff, the Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will work in close coordination with the deans and program directors to identify key initiatives for private funding in addition to managing a personal portfolio of principal gift prospects and meeting periodically with the President and Senior Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement to provide updates on principal gifts activities. The Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will participate in the development of strategic planning processes, assist in policy making for department-wide initiatives, and act as an advocate and ambassador for the division at university functions.

The Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will join Emory as the institution launches its strategic plan and prepares for its pending campaign. This successful candidate will join the senior management team and provide strategic direction to a new principal gift and presidential engagement team. Partnering with development and institutional leaders to ensure that priorities are defined and persuasively presented, the Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts has a significant role in the attainment of transformational philanthropy aimed at society’s most intractable problems.

Emory University is a private, research institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world's leading health care systems. Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: its scholars and experts generate $628 million in research funding annually while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. From cutting-edge medical breakthroughs and scientific advancements to groundbreaking scholarship and scholarly writing that attracts national headlines, Emory thrives on discovery. At Emory, discovery finds many creative pathways, from using imaging technology to reconstruct the brain architecture of an extinct tiger to research into how governments confront the challenge of contagious diseases or how hormonal changes help fathers bond with toddlers. The university is enriched by collaboration among its schools, centers, and partners as well as by the legacy and energy of Atlanta. Emory strives to advance the common good through research, teaching, and service. The extraordinary, talented community propels its work forward. Though its areas of expertise vary, Emory finds shared purpose in its mission to “create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.”

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is eight years of experience raising major gifts in an educational or healthcare setting. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and a résumé.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree