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Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 9, 2023

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Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

Syracuse University, a private, student-focused, and globally engaged R1 research university, invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of senior vice president and chief advancement officer.

Located in the geographic heart of New York State, Syracuse University strives to advance academic excellence and be a welcoming place for all. The university delivers world-class programs across the natural and social sciences; liberal, visual, and performing arts; and professional studies through its 13 schools and colleges; numerous centers, programs, and institutes that facilitate cross-disciplinary activity; 200 majors and 100 minors; robust study abroad and study away programs; and online degrees and certificates.

The next senior vice president and chief advancement officer (CAO) of Syracuse University will provide executive and administrative direction across the university's development and alumni affairs programs as a member of the chancellor's senior leadership team. Reporting to Chancellor and President Kent Syverud, this executive will be a visionary, strategic, and results-oriented leader. The CAO has oversight responsibility for all staff and activities involved with fundraising and alumni relations to support the programs of the university as well as responsibility for completing the current Forever Orange campaign.

The Advancement and External Affairs portfolio also includes all activities designed to engage alumni, corporations, foundations, and non-alumni donors in support of Syracuse and in the building, cultivating, and nurturing of relationships essential for fundraising success. In addition, the CAO and the advancement team are responsible for partnering with university leadership across campus to develop compelling fundraising projects that fulfill the university's mission.

Syracuse University seeks a driven, innovative, and highly skilled senior vice president and chief advancement officer to serve as a strategic partner committed to the university's success. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of leading and closing large comprehensive campaigns, as well as deep personal experience cultivating and closing principal gifts. The next CAO will also be an effective leader, able to coach and motivate an advancement team to high performance.

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 available at

WittKieffer is assisting Syracuse University in this search. The position will remain open until filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Greg Duyck, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Robin Mamlet at

Syracuse University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


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