Vice President for Institutional Advancement
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with McMurry
University in the search for a Vice President for Institutional
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will serve as the chief advancement officer for the university and will be responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive institutional advancement program as well as the recruitment and development of a talented team focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. Areas of oversight include annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship, and advancement services.
Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students, and graduates. The university enrolls more than 1,100 students and has an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. No graduate assistants teach courses and 77% of its professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline. McMurry is guided by its core values: Christian faith as the foundation of life, personal relationships as the catalyst for life, learning as the journey of life, excellence as the goal of life, and service as the measure of life. Its students are equipped to exceed expectations and go on to make their mark in the world, by leading lives of leadership, service, and professional success.
McMurry University is one of the most ethnically diverse private schools in the State of Texas. The student body is 48% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic, 15% African American, and 9% International/Native American/Asian/Pacific Islander. Half of the student body is Pell eligible and a significant number of its students are the first generation in their family to attend college. The university also defines diversity broadly to include not only ethnic diversity, but also spiritual/religious diversity, gender identity, differentially abled, and diversity of thought.
McMurry prepares students for lives of leadership, service, and professional success. Through its curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, McMurry gives students practical experience in leadership and service. The institution places particular importance on servant leadership, an approach that focuses on empowering followers by encouraging and supporting the growth of others. The university develops servant leaders who seek to transform communities through listening first, emphasizing excellence and empathy, and inspiring an attitude of service. McMurry graduates have a solid basis for achievement in their religious, civic, professional, and family communities. McMurry expects its alumni to perform as servant leaders in diverse and complex environments and to use their leadership skills for the betterment of community and society.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of experience in a senior level advancement position. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the core values of McMurry University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.