Vice President of University Advancement
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
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
- Work with Athletics and the academic deans or department chairs
to develop strategic and operational goals for major gift
- 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
- Actively build relationships with the community that closely
link the community with the university.
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
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
- Working knowledge of the principles and practices of a
centralized development program in a private university.
- Articulate and persuasive presenter to large and small
- Ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced
- 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
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.
Normal Working Hours and Conditions:
- Experience in an academic setting
- Master’s Degree
- Experience implementing or actively participating in a large
- Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, planning, and
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.
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.
To apply, visit https://jcu.peopleadmin.com/postings/2520