Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) reports to the
President and leads the design, execution and evaluation of
university-wide plans related to fund raising, alumni relations,
marketing and communications.
VPIA’s primary responsibilities are to create a culture of
philanthropy that energizes all GGU’s stakeholders, both internal
and external; provide guidance and operational support for
administrative and academic leadership on all matters related to
fund development, alumni engagement, and marketing; and
strategically advise and support the President and the Board of
Trustees on efforts to advance GGU’s reputation and position.
role has significant managerial responsibility, overseeing a team
of 13 staff members. At the same time, the VPIA will have direct
responsibility for cultivating a select portfolio of top donors and
successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and
possess the agility to adapt to changing university priorities and
Develop annual strategic plans for development, alumni relations,
marketing and communications in concert with the university’s
plans; set measurable goals and objectives.
motivate, mentor, provide professional development support, and
evaluate the success of the staff
Ensure the development of engaging and cohesive promotional,
enrollment and solicitation materials necessary to support GGU's
advancement activities and enrollment priorities
Understand and demonstrate the importance of implementing programs
that underscore diversity, equity and inclusion.
Utilize modern technology solutions (examples: social media, live
stream videos) to elevate GGU's advancement activities and
enrollment priorities and maintain a competitive edge
Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
Responsibilities Regarding Development and Alumni
Oversee annual Development and Alumni Relations operations,
ensuring effective collaboration and maximization of philanthropic
Manage a select portfolio of major and principal gift prospects
from identification to stewardship; set a personal example of
frontline fundraising success for the development team; monitor and
report on progress of donor-related activities and gift
Support current and develop additional planned giving
as a role model and resource for staff on matters of prospect
strategy and offer new approaches and techniques; seek to provide
creative solutions to complex solicitations; rely on past
experience in the industry, while remaining current with evolving
trends in philanthropy.
Through partners across the university inspire full engagement and
effective participation of GGU alumni generally and the Alumni
Association Board specifically.
Enhance the quality of alumni programming and advance a robust
alumni relations effort that provides meaningful engagement and
service opportunities; expand the alumni audience.
partnership with Finance, ensure ethical and appropriate financial
administration of contributed income, including overseeing the
donor and prospect records, gift processing and donor
Prepare regular reports and presentations on fundraising and alumni
engagement metrics for the senior leadership team and the Board of
Interpret and assure compliance with policies and procedures of GGU
and regulations of state and federal government.
Liaison to two Board Committees: the Committee on Trustees and the
Development and Alumni Relations Committee; collaborate with the
President and other senior leadership members in order to ensure
necessary support to the Enrollment Committee, the Student
Experience Committee, and the Executive Committee, as well as to
the full Board of Trustees.
Responsibilities Regarding Marketing and
Provide strategic direction and oversight for a comprehensive and
cohesive approach to marketing, advertising, interactive media,
brand strategy and public relations.
Direct and support the collection, analysis, and interpretation of
market data to identify challenges and opportunities for growth and
to inform and evolve marketing activity.
Prioritize marketing projects and allocate resources
Determine and oversee marketing budget and expenditures.
Maintain brand strategy and standards and ensure compliance across
all marketing and communications channels.
Collaborate with the academic and other university departments to
align marketing activity with strategic business plans.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing,
Management or related field.
Advanced degree in an appropriate field strongly preferred.
Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible, fundraising,
marketing and communications and managerial experience in
advancement, preferably within a complex university setting.
Proven track record of success in personally cultivating,
soliciting and stewarding gifts of seven figures and larger from
individuals, corporations and/or foundations.
Demonstrated management skills and record of accomplishment
building a high-performing team, including recruiting, training,
mentoring and evaluating staff.
track record of promoting operational efficiency and effective use
of resources, including an understanding of budgets and experience
Excellent program planning and implementation, management and
Ability to work in a goal-oriented environment and contribute to a
Intellectual curiosity and desire to engage deeply in life at
energy, initiative, flexibility, a good sense of humor and a
commitment to GGU’s mission are required. Comfort with
Critical thinker with strong analytical skills; ability to draw
insight from complex data.
Effective oral and written communication skills. Clarity and
succinctness in writing and speaking; ability to communicate clear
vision and process.
Experience using database and project management systems,
specifically Blackbaud, Raiser’s Edge, NetCommunity, PeopleSoft,
and willing to work evenings and weekends when required; (when it
is safe to do so) able and willing to travel.
apply: Please go to http://www.ggu.edu/jobs and submit an
application, letter of interest, and a resume.
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broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle
check, and a third party background check.
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