Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Siena Heights University in Michigan

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 16, 2017
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement reports directly to the President and provides strategic direction, vision and management of the University's overall institutional advancement efforts, including annual and major gift fundraising and capital campaigns, community and public relations, alumni relations, and marketing. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement serves on the Executive Committee of the Administration.  



The primary responsibilities of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement are the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift donors and overseeing the development and successful implementation of capital campaigns. Works collaboratively with the President on donor prospect development for major gift solicitation. Works closely with the Deans and Vice President of Enrollment Management to coordinate, and prioritize Institutional Advancement goals that arise from their constituencies. Oversees donor stewardship and activities that foster the relationship between SHU and its donors. Coordinates major gifts fund raising with Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Athletics, and colleges and departments. Oversees comprehensive studies of University's donors/potential donors, testing their perceptions of and commitment to SHU. Oversee identification/researching of individuals, corporations and foundations maintaining a prospect management system. Oversees management of Division's information database, and its interrelationship with campus departments. Leads a fundraising team to solicit and secure funds/resources that enable the University to accomplish its mission and strategic goals. Leads Institutional Advancement team to create, implement and revise a multi-year comprehensive plan, consistent with the overall University's Strategic Plan. Actively works with Advancement team to plan and implement strategic activities in identifying and cultivating donors and organizations. Act as a University liaison with the institution’s lobbyist for the federal government. Manages Institutional Advancement team to ensure effective divisional teamwork. Supervises divisional operation, including planning/monitoring of its budget and regular assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the unit. Oversees the University's comprehensive, integrated marketing/communications efforts to enhance the University's image. Implements a university-wide marketing communications program focusing on consistent messages and identity, public affairs, publications, advertising, and web online communication. Oversees operations of alumni and parents’ relations to ensure effective contact with these constituent groups. Oversees the planning and coordination of special events that promote university relations with students, parents, alumni, and donors.


Master’s Degree in related field required; earned Doctorate with CFRE certification (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) or comparable professional development and background preferred.   Three to five years of progressive experience in assisting in the implementation of strategic, comprehensive, and integrated communication and marketing programs. Proven track record of securing major gifts, planning campaigns and annual giving programs, working with alumni groups, and developing a strategic plan for advancement. Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of annual giving, special events, major gifts, and major gift fundraising, preferably in higher education. Progressive fundraising experience with supervisory duties, preferably in higher education. Ability to conceptualize, design and implement a development program. Ability to direct the design of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects. Ability to work effectively with deans and directors, academic and university leaders and volunteers to achieve fundraising goals and to develop bonds. Ability to work effectively with other advancement staff in devising, analyzing, modifying, implementing and evaluating overall University Advancement programs. Skill in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, about private gift fundraising in general and, in particular, as it applies to SHU. Ability to foster a cooperative environment and to work in a collegial fashion with peers in other organizational units. Ability to travel and promote SHU to potential donors, alumni, government agencies, and the general public.          



Qualified candidates are invited to send their cover letter, Curriculum Vita/resume, and a list of professional references to  In the subject line of the email, please reference the job title of this position to ensure timely review and distribution of your materials. This position is currently classified as benefit eligible-exempt. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  EOE

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