The Aspen Leadership Group has partnered with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the search for a Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (VC).

The VC will be responsible for providing leadership and for guiding the future of philanthropy at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Specifically, the VC will design and implement comprehensive institutional advancement programs and recruit and develop talented team members focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes.

The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement will be the lead fundraiser for the campus and will have responsibility for managing all development programs and operations centrally including the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations. The VC will also coordinate fundraising efforts and initiatives across Arkansas.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the only academic health sciences university in the state. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.

UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs and certificates through its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health, and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and its regional campus in northwest Arkansas.

UAMS, with its intersection of education, research, and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a significant capacity for translational research–speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.

UAMS is one of the greatest economic engines in Arkansas. It plays an enormous role in educating the state’s physician workforce, and producing nearly half of the state’s practicing physicians. In rural parts of the state, that often face a shortage of doctors, UAMS trains an even higher percentage of the physicians–nearly 60%.