Kettering University seeks a collaborative, energetic,
innovative and dynamic leader as their Vice President for
University Advancement. Having recently celebrated the success of
raising $155 million in their Boldly Forward Campaign, exceeding
the campaign goal of $150 million, the university is exceptionally
well positioned to build upon this record of success.
Kettering University, known formerly as General Motors Institute
(GMI), is a Flint, Michigan-based private, nonprofit university
recognized as one of the nation’s premier engineering, technology,
and business leaders in higher education. The curriculum uniquely
integrates classroom learning with experiential co-operative
Reporting to and partnering with President Robert K. McMahan,
whose tenure began in 2011, now seeks a visionary, strategic, and
proven leader willing to make a long-term commitment to the
university advancement program. Kettering has been a successful
fundraising institution across recent years, but its focus has been
on a limited number of donors and prospects, thus necessitating an
investment of people and time in building a pipeline of prospects
and in developing a focused case for support across the alumni base
and university community.
Kettering University’s vice president for university advancement
will be an experienced development professional who demonstrates a
successful personal record as a major and/or principal gift fund
raiser. In particular, the successful candidate will possess
superior strategic skills at the institutional, department and
prospect level, including the talent and experience necessary to
add value as a member of the University’s senior team. It should go
without saying that this leader will have a deep, personal
resonance with the university’s mission and values.
A successful track record as a builder of programs and developer
of talent is required. Specifically, the ideal candidate will have
led one or more advancement programs successfully for a period of
not less than eight years, preferably in environments of equal or
greater complexity. Successful experience as an agent of change is
highly desired, particularly in terms of the building of
high-performing teams, and excellent skills and abilities as a
strategic and operational planner.
The successful candidate will demonstrate significant leadership
experience in one or more comprehensive campaigns of significant
size and aspiration. As a corollary to this requirement, the ideal
candidate will possess a successful track record as a manager of
volunteers, particularly at the board level. Previous, successful
experience staffing a president or other senior academic or
administrative leader is highly preferable.
As would be expected of advancement leadership, superior
communication and relationship-building skills are required. The
ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator at every level,
including both written and verbal communication and at an
individual level and in front of groups of all sizes. Superior
listening skills are also required.
Perhaps no aspect of the successful candidate’s professional
attributes will be as important as will be the personal qualities
of leadership, including especially integrity, creativity, energy,
optimism, gravitas, openness, and decisiveness. The new vice
president will be comfortable playing a highly visible leadership
role within an intimate academic community. A bachelor’s degree is
required and an advanced degree preferred.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.
Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume
and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership
profile found at
www.wittkieffer.com. WittKieffer is assisting Kettering
University in this search, which will remain open until an
appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted
candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be
directed to Mercedes Chacon Vance and Jenna Brumleve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kettering University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state
laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
Kettering University is deeply committed to a policy of
equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex,
sexual orientation including gender identity or expression,
disability, religion, height, weight, genetic information, or
veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities,
and admissions except where religion, sex, or age are bona fide job
related employment requirements.
Discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, color,
ancestry, religion, national origin, sex, including marital status,
age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special
disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected
veteran is prohibited by federal and state statutes as amended,
including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title
IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of
1978, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1978, the Vietnam
Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of