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Vice President of University Advancement (VPUA)

Franklin Pierce University
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 18, 2024

Located in Rindge, NH, Franklin Pierce University (FPU) is close to major cities like Boston and New York City yet provides the natural beauty and safety of a rural campus, with easy access to outdoors activities, the arts, excellent educational options for families, and much more. The University, a respected 60-year-old institution, possesses strengths such as a welcoming and inclusive community, growing health professions-related undergraduate and graduate programs on campus, online, and at four Centers across the U.S., a personalized approach to learning, and reputation as a Division II athletics powerhouse.

FPU seeks an ambitious fundraiser to serve as the next Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) and lead the Office of University Advancement. The VPUA is the chief fundraising officer, works closely with the President and others on all fundraising efforts, and is expected to directly inspire and manage Advancement staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, recognize, and steward donors. The VPUA is also expected to work with others to improve connections with and engagement of FPU alumni, refine and improve all Advancement-driven programs, systems, and tactics, and to champion a stronger fundraising culture and program at the University. The VPUA will therefore have a unique opportunity to bring strategic, energizing leadership and bold thinking to University Advancement which will enhance philanthropy throughout the FPU community.

Experience and success in advancement/fundraising administration and in advancement program development are essential, as are organizational, professional, and interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills, and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail are essential. Serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPUA must possess the interpersonal, organizational, planning, and other core competency skills expected of a senior fundraising expert.

The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree is desirable), and a record of successful fundraising leadership and management in higher education or a related field commensurate with the requirements and expectations for this role. With a current, planned presidential transition this summer, the VPUA will join the FPU family at a time of genuine excitement, positive change, and entrepreneurial focus.


Relocation reimbursement is available, and while this is an on-campus position, a flexible work schedule is possible. FPU offers competitive wages and benefits packages, including medical,

dental and vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, educational benefits (for employee and qualifying dependents), pet insurance, accident insurance, critical illness coverage, travel discounts, 160 hours of paid time off (PTO), with additional paid sick time for your well-being, and paid holidays. Candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references (references will not be checked until the final stage of the search). FPU is committed to enhancing the diversity of its community in many realms and is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). Find out more at

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