Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement and Participation

Northwestern University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 4, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Northwestern University is seeking a dynamic and capable executive to join its senior leadership team in the role of associate vice president for alumni engagement and participation.


Reporting to Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development Robert (Bob) McQuinn and serving on his senior leadership team, the associate vice president will have broad authority to shape and expand a program that has enjoyed considerable success over recent years, focusing particularly on alumni engagement through the Northwestern Alumni Association and alumni participation through annual and leadership giving initiatives.


The associate vice president for alumni engagement and participation will be an experienced and talented fundraiser with a successful track record in and passion for alumni engagement and giving programs. He or she will have the particular ability to develop and to execute strategy at both the departmental and team level. Critical is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. The successful candidate must also have proven success in managing individuals and teams. He or she will have a demonstrated success in understanding the varying priorities and approaches to annual giving (including reunion giving, leadership giving, direct appeals, young alumni) and alumni programming and events. Diplomacy, tact, exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, and, above all, unquestioned integrity are necessary for the associate vice president.


A bachelors degree is required and an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of ten years of direct fundraising and engagement experience is required, with a strong preference for leadership experience in a comprehensive campaign.


Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. Northwestern today is global in its scope and includes 11 schools and colleges on three campuses. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University is an ambitious institution, striving for a level of preeminence achieved by only a handful of universities in the world. It has distinguished itself as an institution that encourages innovation and the integration of experience across many fields. This culture positions Northwestern well to lead higher education in the 21st century in a world of great complexity and challenge. 


Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a professional resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Position Specification available at, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Northwestern Universitys consultants, Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. and Amy Crutchfield, at


It is the policy of Northwestern University to provide equal opportunity in every aspect of personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation, selection for training, and treatment of employees and applicants for employment at the University. The policy reflects Northwestern's commitment to the attainment of equal opportunity for all members of its community, through an ongoing, and result driven affirmative action program.


Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.  

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