Vice President of Development


Partner: University of Dallas

Location: Dallas, TX



“Love Ye Truth and Justice” – Motto of University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a private Catholic institution located in Irving, Texas. Established in 1955 with its first class of 96 students, its 744-acre campus currently serves 1400 undergrads and 1200 grad students from across the US and world.  

  • Listed among Top 10 colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report 
  • Listed among Top 15 Catholic colleges by Forbes
  • Ranked No.15 among master’s universities by The Washington Monthly 

Campus facilities include the award-winning Church of the Incarnation, the J.M. Haggar University Center, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library, eight halls, student apartments, and the Maher Athletic Center, which houses 15 men’s and women’s NCAA III varsity sports.


The Vice President for Development and University Relations will be the key executive responsible for providing strategic leadership in the planning and directing of constituent relations and philanthropic initiatives to support and advance the mission of the University of Dallas (UD). Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Development and University Relations will oversee Development, Alumni, as well as Parent and Corporate/Foundation Relations with a goal of deepening the University’s network of partnerships and support.  The Vice President will counsel the President, Board of Trustees, and work with other University executive officers, deans and directors to develop and implement short, mid, and long-range philanthropic strategies in accordance with the University’s Mission and strategic plan.


  • Free tuition and Tuition Exchange program for employees and their families
  • Frequent team Happy Hours: enjoy convivial times with colleagues
  • Be part of a close-knit, joyful community of students, staff and faculty that is purpose-driven and promotes a unique model of education
  • Generous relocation package offered
  • Robust Benefits and Perks include: medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; employee events; a health and wellness program; competitive leave programs and matching retirement plan contributions
  • Free fitness center for employees
  • Convenient Location: Reside in the vibrant Dallas/Fort Worth region, campus is only 12 minutes from downtown Dallas



  • Develop the overall strategy, direction and organization for development, external relations and campaign planning and execution to accomplish the short, mid and long-term philanthropic and external relations goals of UD.
  • Serve as an excellent leader in all areas of philanthropic fundraising, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Build relationships with the Board, alumni, full-time and adjunct faculty, staff, student parents, important friends of the University, and the community at large in order to promote UD.
  • Cultivate philanthropic relationships that will systematically increase annual giving and broaden the base of principal and major gift support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Build effective constituent programs that increase engagement, commitment, and support of the University.
  • Ensure that campaigns are properly researched, organized, boldly executed and assessed for effectiveness.
  • Manage and motivate a professional staff to ensure integration of efforts and to achieve all goals (direct reports include the Assistant Vice President for Development, Executive Director of Engagement, Director of Advancement Services, and Executive Assistant)
  • Encourage and facilitate volunteer leadership in all development programs and activities of the University.


WHAT YOU’LL BRING (background and experience / mission and culture-fit)

  • Nonprofit development leadership (higher education sector preferred) with experience in: major gifts, capital campaigns / annual campaigns, alumni relations, corporate and foundations solicitations, and planned giving.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • A faithful Catholic who adheres to the teachings of the Church and will joyfully embrace the traditional values for which U Dallas is known
  • You are not just a planner and strategist, but a high energy leader who enjoys being in the trenches!
  • Demonstrated financial acumen providing oversight and leadership to ensure fund stewardship
  • Solid team management experience
  • Ability to travel domestically 30 to 40% and internationally one or two trips a year to their campus in Rome; open to evening and weekend work when needed