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Vice President for Advancement

Suffolk University
Massachusetts, United States
$300,000.00 - $350,000.00
Posted Date
Mar 2, 2023

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Suffolk University in the search for a Vice President for Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement will oversee a fully integrated advancement program that fosters meaningful alumni engagement, increases alumni participation, and works to ensure fundraising success. The Vice President will formulate effective and creative short-term and long-term strategic plans that will significantly increase private philanthropic support; manage, recruit, and mentor a talented team of professional and administrative staff that is well prepared to meet the ongoing challenges and aspirations of the university; and guide and support the President in their role as chief spokesperson for the school as well as engage other senior leaders in the activities of the advancement office.

Suffolk University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university was founded in 1906 to provide access and opportunity to individuals who wanted to better their lives through education. Suffolk remains true to that founding mission today. For more than a century, Suffolk has been woven into Boston’s thriving urban landscape, offering a truly immersive environment in which to live, learn, and explore. Suffolk continues to anticipate and respond to the needs of a diverse student body. Students still benefit from their proximity to Boston’s top employers, including the key business, health care, biotechnology, and start-up industries that increasingly define the city. More than 6,500 students are enrolled in full and part-time programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs offered through the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Law School. Small class sizes allow faculty to recognize each student's potential and build important mentoring relationships. Suffolk offers opportunities for study abroad at more than 50 locations in 25 countries around the world. There also are more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from, and students can compete with one of 19 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Upon graduation, Suffolk students are well prepared for success and join a proud alumni community of more than 88,000 members who span the globe. These Suffolk alumni are deeply invested in the success of today’s graduates.

Committed to the success of its students and alumni, Suffolk University consistently receives top rankings. U.S. News & World Report names Suffolk among the best national universities and as one of the top 100 universities for social mobility. Suffolk is also included on the top colleges and universities list by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Named one of Massachusetts’ Top 100 women-led businesses by The Women’s Edge and Boston Globe Magazine since 2018, it ranked in the top 20 in 2022—the highest university on the list. The professional schools at Suffolk are among the best in the country. PreLaw Magazine named the university among the top 25 most innovative law schools and the Law School’s Legal Technology program received top ranking in the nation from the publication in 2018 and 2021. Sawyer Business School is the only United States business school to be simultaneously accredited by AACSB, NASPAA, and CAHME for its graduate business, public administration, and healthcare programs, and was ranked as a best business school by Princeton Review in 2022.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least seven years of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial experience in higher education advancement. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Suffolk University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Preference will be given to applications received by April 5, 2023.

The salary range for this position is $300,000 to $350,000 annually.

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