As the Chief Advancement Officer for EMU, the Vice President of
Advancement will oversee all development and alumni relations
strategies, operations, and campaign planning processes needed to
help the University achieve its short- and long-term goals.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- As a member of the President’s Leadership Team, work to advance
the mission, vision and short- and long-term strategic goals of the
University, maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders
across campus, including members of the board of regents and key
alumni, parents, and friends.
- Direct, manage, and coordinate a comprehensive ongoing
fund-raising and alumni relations program for the University,
including annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, major
gifts, planned giving, and research and advancement services.
- Oversee, design, implement, and assess a comprehensive
institutional advancement strategic plan and program.
- Establish and implement annual goals, metrics, objectives,
tasks, and evaluation procedures for each department within the
Advancement Division. Last year advancement raised $20.3M in
philanthropic support. FY23 goal is to generate $15.5M.
- Determine with the president annual institutional fundraising
goals, objectives, and work plans, utilizing best practices in
annual, leadership, and planned gift programs, as well as alumni
engagement and donor stewardship initiatives.
- When applicable, design, launch, and execute the University’s
major capital campaigns on a frequency that is aligned with typical
advancement cycles and institutional imperatives.
- Manage, advance and inspire a team of Advancement and Alumni
Relations staff of 28.
- Represent the University to the corporate, foundation, donor,
and alumni communities, working closely with the President and
other University administrators, faculty, and staff, the Foundation
Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association, and other fund-raising
and alumni volunteers.
- Utilize dynamic and best practice processes in all phases of
donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and
- Advance and strengthen an internal and external culture of
philanthropy for all community stakeholders. Maintain collaborative
relationships with leaders across campus to advance shared goals
- Oversee alumni programs, expansion of alumni involvement and
support, and program evaluation/assessment for 128,000 alumni
- Ensure that the President, key faculty/senior administrators,
and key volunteers are effectively and professionally supported in
development and alumni relations activities; provide focus for
their efforts to ensure that their time spent is productive and
- Benchmark EMU’s development and alumni relations programs and
performance against best-in-class examples among peer and aspirant
- Serve as the Executive Director of the EMU Foundation with
oversight of all Foundation reporting and compliance activities.
Stay abreast of best practices and processes and improve and
enhance programs as required.
- Serve as a member of the President’s Executive Council and
perform administrative duties as required. Manage fundraising
advisory boards consisting of dedicated volunteers.
- Work closely with the University’s Board of Regents on
development and alumni objectives as needed. Perform related duties