University of Iowa Center for Advancement - Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

IA, Iowa City

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA) seeks an extraordinary leader who recognizes the value of philanthropy to higher education and has a passion for public higher education. The University of Iowa Center for Advancement invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position for Senior Vice President (SVP), Finance and Operations.

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement, a separate 501(c)(3), works collaboratively with the University of Iowa to promote engagement and philanthropic support. The mission of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement is to “Advance the University of Iowa through engagement and philanthropy”. The vision is to “Engage. Inspire. Advance Iowa.”

Reporting to the CEO of the UICA, the successful SVP will have a collaborative approach to leadership and commitment to achieving the aspirational goals of the UICA. The SVP will work directly with staff and UICA board leadership on strategic and tactical activities of UICA. Superior strategic ability, leadership, executive financial acumen and communication will be a particular advantage.

The UICA seeks a SVP who will mentor the team and continue to foster a culture of respectful collaboration and collegiality. Strong leadership skills will benefit the organization as it responds to increasing university needs for engagement and philanthropy. The SVP should embrace an inclusive, team-oriented approach in managing the UICA Financial, Investments, Information Technology and Facilities teams, working with the advancement staff and the academic enterprise.

It is an exciting time to join the University of Iowa community as the university and UICA together look forward to launching a bold comprehensive campaign in the fall of 2023. With missions of teaching, research, and service, the University of Iowa seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. WittKieffer is assisting University of Iowa Center for Advancement in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jevon Walton at

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.