Vice President of University Advancement

John Carroll University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022

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Full Time

Vice President of University Advancement

Posting Number: AS580P

John Carroll University seeks an outstanding leader to serve as its next Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA). The mission of University Advancement is to advance John Carroll University's resources and reputation through relationship building, strategic communications, and providing outstanding service to all of our clients and constituents. The University Advancement Division is responsible for managing the institution's long-term reputation, building relationships, and securing the resources needed in support of John Carroll University's Jesuit Catholic mission. More information on this opportunity is described in the leadership profile, available via this link:

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice President for University Advancement is the chief advancement officer for the University and advises the President and the Board on all matters pertaining to the management and operations of development, alumni relations, advancement services, and community and government relations. This includes oversight of all policies and programs related to major and planned giving, annual giving, special campaigns, alumni and parent engagement events and online activities, the alumni magazine and the alumni medal awards, donor stewardship and annual donor reports, and serving as the chief fundraiser for the institution along with the President.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establish and implement strategic and operational goals for all philanthropic programs including the annual giving, major gifts, endowment funding, and planned giving.
  • Coordinate strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects.
  • Work closely with the President in all phases of advancement and campaign leadership activities.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and specific committees of the board including the Advancement Committee and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.
  • Prepare and execute comprehensive capital campaigns.
  • Utilize best practices in annual, major, and planned gift programs to meet fundraising goals.
  • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of principal gift level prospects.
  • Work with Athletics and the academic deans or department chairs to develop strategic and operational goals for major gift funding.
  • Develop annual budget recommendations.
  • Ensure the operation of the division, which includes 24 staff, meets the needs of the University.
  • Serve as an exemplary advocate for the university in the community, religious organizations, businesses, and corporate partners.
  • Actively build relationships with the community that closely link the community with the university.

Required Qualifications:
The VPUA will be an innovative, experienced advancement leader with superior and proven analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Professional experience should include ten or more years of progressive experience in fundraising with exposure to all aspects of development, but with specific emphasis on major and planned gifts. The successful candidate will be a strong leader of people and processes, with the capacity to oversee the varied and diverse functions in the university advancement departments. We are looking for a leader with a proven track record of success in gift cultivation and campaign success. The ideal candidate will be a creative, energetic self-starter with a broad institutional perspective, demonstrably effective staff management, and administrative experience who exudes a clear vision of the future.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and ten or more years of progressive experience in fundraising with exposure to all aspects of development, but with specific emphasis on major and planned gifts. Strong leadership ability, effective interpersonal skills, and a track record of achievement of goals are essential qualifications for this role.Other qualifications include:
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of a centralized development program in a private university.
  • Articulate and persuasive presenter to large and small groups
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced organization
  • Ability to travel overnight as needed
  • Enthusiastic commitment to advancing the University’s mission and support for its Jesuit Catholic roots
  • Interest in understanding and supporting John Carroll’s mission to inspire individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.
  • Knowledge of technology and commitment to its use in prospect management, research and information systems
  • Highest level of integrity, initiative, creativity, and energy

John Carroll University requires all employees to be Fully Vaccinated from COVID-19 and to present proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment with the University. Individuals who are offered and accept positions at the University may seek medical and non-medical exemptions from the Vaccination Requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in an academic setting
  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience implementing or actively participating in a large capital campaign
  • Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, planning, and resource management

Normal Working Hours and Conditions:
University core business hours are generally 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. However this position will require work to be performed outside of normal business hours based on department operations. This position is an in-person role that works from our campus in Uni

Physical Requirements :
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other office locations and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

About John Carroll University:
John Carroll University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit Catholic university, founded in 1886, dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve. The University is located in University Heights, Ohio, an attractive residential suburb 10 miles east of downtown Cleveland. Academically, the University consists of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business, which both include graduate programs. The University offers 70 Academic Programs in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and business at the undergraduate level, and in select areas at the master’s level.The University enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. John Carroll University is one of 27 Jesuit universities in the United States and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of Midwest regional universities for more than 30 consecutive years.

EEO Statement:
John Carroll University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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