Vacancy for Senior Level Administrative Position: Director of Institutional Advancement

The University of Ghana invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the Senior Level Administrative position of Director of Institutional Advancement.

POSITION:        Director, Institutional Advancement
REPORTING TO:     Vice-Chancellor

The University    
The vision of University of Ghana is to become a “world class research-intensive university”. The mission of University of Ghana, as defined in its corporate strategic plan, is to create an enabling environment that makes the University increasingly relevant to national and global development through cutting edge research, as well as high quality teaching and learning.
Founded in 1948, University of Ghana is the oldest and largest University in Ghana and is certainly one of the most distinguished universities in Africa.  University of Ghana has a student population of almost 40,000 and employees numbering approximately 6,000, made up of academic and senior administrative employees, as well as other support staff.

Job Role
The University of Ghana (UG) Office for Institutional Advancement (OIA) has responsibility for developing and enhancing UG’s relations with alumni, industry and the business community, as well as profiling and marketing UG. The OIA also has responsibility for developing strategies to enhance UG’s access to resources and for setting and monitoring annual fundraising targets. The OIA will incorporate the current UG Alumni Office, a UG Marketing and Communications Office, a UG Major Donor Fundraising Office and any other offices/desks to be created to ensure effectiveness of the OIA.
Working in close consultation with the Vice-Chancellor and the University Senior Management Team, the Director has the primary responsibility to develop and implement strategies that advance and enhance UG’s ability to source significant and continued funding for delivering on its mission.

Specific Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of an overall UG fundraising strategy;
  • Support College Provosts to develop and implement College fundraising strategies;
  • Set annual fundraising targets for the OIA and put in place a system for monitoring and evaluating performance of the office in delivering against it targets;
  • Develop business strategies to support implementation of the UG Strategic Plans and provide input for development of future strategic plans;
  • Develop, with the support of UG Computer Systems, a webpage that would provide information on OIA, give options for e-donations to be made and present a suite of opportunities for donors to contribute to the advancement of the University;
  • Develop and implement strategies for improvement of UG-Alumni relations with the aim of maximizing alumni support (financial or in-kind) to UG;
  • Develop and maintain a database of alumni of UG and ensure regular contact with and updating of alumni on relevant developments at UG;
  • Working in close consultation with the Public Affairs Directorate and other relevant Academic and Administrative Units of the University, develop a set of materials (e.g. brochures, fliers) to profile and market UG;
  • Develop strategies for maximizing donor support to UG; this will include development and active management of a database of UG’s major donors and potential major donors;
  • Solicit cultivate and manage major donor and philanthropy relations and proactively seek and develop contacts with major donors, creating avenues of access for UG Senior Management and other office bearers for targeted fund-raising to support research and special projects;  
  • Ensure that all office bearers (from Senior Management to Head of Department level) receive relevant training in fundraising, including ethical issues such as conflict of interest;
  • Any other duties assigned by the Vice Chancellor


  1. A good first degree with a second degree in a relevant area is preferred.
  2. Candidates should present a record of a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a relevant position.
  3. Responsibility in institutional advancement employment with evidence of increasing responsibility and success in national or international environments is required.  This should include work on annual funds, major gifts, work with foundations, design of capital campaigns and participation in professional societies for institutional advancement.
  4. wareness of cultural conditions that influence philanthropy in an African setting is preferred.

An applicant is required to submit the complete application pack to the Registrar, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 25, Legon, Accra, Ghana (Hardcopy) or (Soft Copy).
The application pack should contain the following:
i.    Completed application form for Senior Level Administrative Positions (UAB Form 1C) to be downloaded from the University’s website at

ii.    An up to date Curriculum Vitae and copies of relevant academic and/or professional certificates.

iii.   A statement of about 2,500 words (not more than five pages) indicating how one intends to use the period in office to address relevant issues that will ensure that the University achieves its mission and vision.  The UG strategic plan can be downloaded at:

Further information about the University of Ghana may be found on the university website at

Applications should reach the Registrar not later than the close of day on Monday, 23rd November, 2020. However, applications to the Registrar will be accepted until the position is filled.