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Associate Vice President of Advancement

Adelphi University
New York, United States
$155,000.00 - $180,000.00
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Adelphi University in the search for an Associate Vice President of Advancement.

Reporting to the Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations, the Associate Vice President of Advancement will be responsible for the oversight and execution of major and planned giving, leadership giving, foundation and corporate relations, advancement services, prospect research and management, and donor relations. The Associate Vice President will maintain a personal portfolio of major donors, prospects, and foundations, while bringing strategic vision and discipline to the leadership, major, and planned giving programs. The Associate Vice President will supervise a team of gift officers and drive effective performance, including developing and implementing best practices and systems in advancement and promoting excellence in all aspects of advancement’s work.

In partnership with the Vice President, the Associate Vice President will play a key role in executing the Momentum Campaign: Extraordinary Impact, a $100 million comprehensive campaign, which will launch publicly in September 2024. The work of the Associate Vice President will include prioritizing the work of gift officers to focus on campaign goals and objectives; developing marketing collateral; developing foundational reporting capabilities to track progress toward goal; and being a relentless advocate for the team and University. The Associate Vice President will supervise and work closely with the Advancement Services team on the development of a comprehensive prospect research and management operation that effectively identifies, prioritizes, and assigns leadership, major, and planned giving donors and prospects for the campaign.

Once considered New York’s best-kept secret, the Adelphi University of today is the top-ranked private university on Long Island, recognized for its mission of advancing social mobility and relentless dedication to student success. Founded in 1896, Adelphi was the first private, coeducational university on Long Island. With a main campus in Garden City, the University hosts learning hubs in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, Suffolk County, and online that provide educational opportunities for more than 7,200 students from 44 states and 76 countries. Adelphi is a thriving community made up of eight schools and colleges offering more than 200 programs taught by world-class faculty. With an 11-to-1 student to faculty ratio, students benefit from a personalized approach to their education.

Adelphi is an impressively diverse community, serving a student body which is approximately 44 percent non-White, 41 percent first in their family to attend college, and 30 percent low income. Given the University’s dedication to inclusion and student success, Adelphi is a place where every student can succeed. To that end, notably, in fall 2023, Adelphi closed the achievement gap by race and socioeconomic status, the University significantly outperformed peers in graduation rates, and graduates’ salaries are on average 39 percent higher than the national average.

The recent fall 2023 rankings from U.S. News & World Report show double-digit leaps for Adelphi in four categories. Named a Best College, its ranking moved up 19 spots. As a Best Value School, it rose 35 spots. Adelphi surged an unprecedented 85 spots as a Top Performer on Social Mobility. The new rankings—which also include a double-digit rise in the U.S. News Best Colleges list as well as a strong showing in the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse Best Colleges in the U.S. rankings—reflect Adelphi’s focus on academic distinction and outcomes, affordability, and promotion of social mobility. All are key parts of Adelphi's strategy and mission, which are outlined in its Momentum 2 strategic plan. This plan calls for the continued expansion of academic programs and deepening of student engagement, constant efforts to foster an even more inclusive and welcoming community, and increased focus on the infrastructure needed to meet the changing demands of higher education.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Adelphi University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus. A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of progressive experience within an advancement program, including at least five years of experience directly managing professional fundraising staff. Experience in higher education is preferred.

The salary range for this position is $155,000 to $180,000.

Adelphi University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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