National Louis University (NLU) seeks an energetic, imaginative
Vice President of Institutional Advancement to
serve as a strategic and collaborative leader who will possess the
vision to design, plan and execute an innovative, comprehensive
advancement programs including annual fund, corporate and
foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment,
capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations efforts.
The VP will involve academic leadership in the creation of new
opportunities for support, as well as prepares the University for a
significant capital and endowment effort. Reporting directly to and
partnering with the President, the Vice President for Institutional
Advancement will have broad strategic and management responsibility
for conceiving and implementing both long and short-term
advancement plans including fundraising, Board development, alumni
relations, and associated public relations.
Essential Functions and
• Create and execute development plans that utilize best
practices in annual, major, and planned gift programs to meet
• Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and maintain close
working relationships with members of the Board of Trustees and key
• Provides leadership in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting
the University’s constituencies. Maintain a dynamic portfolio of
major gift prospects in all phases of qualification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship. Work with college leadership to
understand programs and funding priorities and identify major
donors, corporations, foundations and community groups as part of
an overall development plan.
• In collaboration with other department management, assigns
program and solicitation responsibilities to the respective
development officers and establishes the relevant performance
standards to which each will be held accountable.
• Sets and achieves goals and leads participation and follow
through on all types of fundraising calls and activities.
• Attends meetings, events, programs and other gatherings to
represent the institution to prospects, donors, friends, alumni,
• Develops and provides annual income and activity projections as
well as and manages an annual budget.
• Serves as the chief advisor to the President and Board of
Trustees on all matters related to institutional advancement,
creating and implementing fund-raising initiatives and
• Participate in strategic discussions and develop programs to
strengthen the financial resources of the University.
• Work closely with the President in all phases of advancement and
campaign leadership activities.
National Louis University (NLU) is looking to honor its past
while defining a bold new future as a university focused on
professional pathways, preparing students to be leaders ready to
address tomorrow’s challenges in the context of increasing global
urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building,
life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The
University offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree
programs through five academic units: the Undergraduate College,
Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, the
College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, the National College
of Education, and the School of Business and Information
Technology. NLU is one of the most diverse universities in the
Midwest, helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their
personal and professional goals.
National Louis University is a teaching-focused and
student-centered university committed to providing access to a
far-reaching exceptional education that is market-aligned and
cost-effective. The University offers programs at multiple
locations and through various modalities including Face-to-Face,
Asynchronous, Online and Remote Learning in which courses can be
supplemented with well-planned and meaningful on-campus
experiences. The University has experienced unprecedented growth
and currently serves approximately 10,000 students at seven
locations in Illinois and Florida.
Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private
not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral
level. NLU is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the
Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by
Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world
“a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award
winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any
institution across the state. The University has received more than
$70 million in funding for applied research projects in urban
development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher
preparation. NLU is recognized as a national leader in closing the
post-secondary completion gap through its innovative approach to
NLU is located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the
street from the Art Institute, in an area that has been recognized
as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000
students attending a college across the city. To learn more about
National Louis University visit http://www.nl.edu.
President Nivine Megahed became the eleventh president of
National Louis University in March of 2010. Dr. Megahed has over 20
years of experience making higher education more accessible for
students of all backgrounds.
NLU recently completed its 2030 strategic plan. Building on its
track record of success, the University is becoming a contemporary
comprehensive university dedicated to preparing diverse students
for sustained professional success. The plan is built around five
pillars with a central focus on building a diverse and equitable
community with a culture of inclusion.
In the last 10 years, the University has undergone a significant
transition, becoming increasingly data-informed, and efficient in
its delivery of programming and services. New programs in high
demand fields have been developed that have fueled enrollment
growth. The University has re-envisioned undergraduate education
and is committed to leading the effort to close the bachelor’s
degree attainment gap and serve underserved students. Blended and
online modalities have been built to better serve adult students’
needs for flexibility. Moreover, the University completed the
acquisition of Kendall College expanding its program offerings to
include culinary and hospitality education. The University added
new programs in the field of psychology and behavioral sciences
over the last few years and is now positioned to expand its impact
with practitioner-focused programs.
Progress has been made in diversifying its faculty and staff. The
University has also served as a catalyst for community
transformation through its students and alumni focused on
addressing some of the most pressing social issues such as violence
prevention and prevention of human trafficking. The University set
aggressive goals in improving student success, continuing
enrollment growth, building career-readiness into the curriculum,
ensuring the impact of the University’s commitment to community
engagement and transformation, creating distinctive programs and
experiences, utilizing resources effectively to maintain
affordability, increasing revenue streams, and attracting and
retaining great employees.
Today, NLU is viewed as one of the most innovative institutions in
the country and has been dubbed as a model of the “new urban
university” by the Gates Foundation. Committed to improving social
mobility and economic opportunity, the University utilizes
technology and innovation to continuously improve learning and
outcomes for its students.
The successful candidate will be a broadly experienced
development professional with superior communication and
interpersonal skills, who can passionately and articulately espouse
the mission and case for support of National Louis University. The
new Vice President of Institutional Advancement will demonstrate a
history of success in leading a team to achieve high goals.
Candidates must possess a strong aptitude for working well with
diverse groups, including donors, volunteers, Trustees and
Additionally, they will exhibit many or all of the following
accomplishments and qualities:
• A demonstrated ability to plan and execute follow-through on
• A team-orientation, inclusive mindset, and strong supervisory
skills are essential.
• Ability to utilize appropriate consultation and fact-gathering in
support of decision-making.
• Effective, engaging, and persuasive presentation and public
• Demonstrate sound administrative experience with strategic
planning, goal setting, budgeting, and fiscal reporting
• A bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree is