The Vice President for University Advancement at Carlow
University serves as the Chief Advancement Officer and demonstrates
and reflects an understanding of and commitment to the mission and
core values of Carlow University, a Catholic institution sponsored
by the Sisters of Mercy. S/he is responsible for designing and
implementing comprehensive, institutional advancement programs. The
advancement function includes responsibility for annual fund,
corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning,
endowment and campaign initiatives, alumni relations, stewardship,
and advancement services.
The Vice President for University Advancement reports to the
President and serves on the senior administrative team of the
- Advance the mission, vision, and goals of the University
in concert with the University President and as a member of the
Senior Leadership Team with cabinet colleagues.
- Support the President in all phases of her advancement
and fundraising activities.
- Serve as an exemplary University advocate and
affirmative presence in the community, with local leaders, with the
Sisters of Mercy, and with business and corporate partners; build
relationships that closely link the community, region, and nation
with the University.
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with
members of the Board of Trustees, the Development and Cultivation
Committee of the Board, and all key leadership volunteers including
key alumni/parents/friends. Staff the Development and Cultivation
Committee of the Board and support the President in inspiring
increased engagement from all key volunteer constituencies.
- Perform as a member of the President's Senior
Administrative Team and provide thoughtful, supportive, strategic
and innovative leadership with other administrative colleagues.
- Engage University faculty and staff in an effort to
broaden the culture of philanthropy.
- Maintain cooperative working relationships with academic
leaders, athletics, and campus departments whose cooperation is
essential to effective outreach and fundraising.
- Plan, manage and evaluate the effectiveness of
advancement and alumni relations staff and programs, and drive
changes and enhancements to both infrastructure and strategies.
- Manage a personal portfolio of major and principal gift
prospects, including responsibilities for personal cultivation,
solicitation, closing of commitments and stewardship involving
internal and volunteer partners wherever appropriate.
- Lead by example and ensure that regular documentation
and evaluation of results occurs on a systemic and predictable
basis both within and across fiscal years.
- Build a comprehensive strategy for increasing support
from corporations and foundations.
- Supervise/manage a team of committed staff that thrive
on relationship and team-building and that value transparency,
accountability, collaboration and communication. Responsible for
evaluating performance and setting realistic, aspirational
- Establish and maintain best practice prospect tracking
and management policies and protocols in reliance on information
housed within the Raiser's Edge database platform.
- Communicate progress to all key internal and external
stakeholders in a regular and consistent manner using established
metrics and performance dashboards.
- Lead the advancement team in the development of annual
plans and budgets for Campaigns, Alumni Relations, Annual Fund,
Major Gifts, Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations,
Stewardship and Advancement Services.
- Provide overall leadership to alumni relations and
inspire increased alumni engagement.
- In partnership with University Marketing and
Communications, devise and implement effective internal and
external messaging and methods of advancement communication.
- Formulate and administer the annual budget for the
- Develop policies and procedures for effective, ethical
operation of the University Advancement Office.
- Ensure that all private commitments are accepted on the
basis of best practice, balancing both University and donor
objectives, and within full compliance of IRS charitable accounting
rules and regulations.
- Be active and involved in the advancement profession and
keep Carlow visible among higher education peer institutions.
- Be an articulate advocate for Carlow's core values and
heritage as a Sisters of Mercy- sponsored institution.
- All other duties as assigned by the President.
- Travel is required: the Vice President must be willing
to travel 30% or more in his or her work with donors and as a
representative of the University
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The successful candidate will have a proven record of leadership
and a successful track record of personally cultivating,
soliciting, closing and stewarding major and planned gifts at
leadership levels. Strong organizational, supervisory,
team-building, and leadership capabilities are essential, as is the ability to implement strong data management
practices and data-driven metrics, goals, and measurement. The
successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the mission,
vision and values of Carlow University. He or she will document
successful solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts, and
present a history of building advancement program and fundraising
performance. This leader will have a demonstrated appreciation for
and reliance on data and quantifiable outcomes and reporting, with
experience with database administration and management.
Education and Experience:
A master's degree is required. A minimum of ten years of
experience as a senior level advancement professional is requisite,
including successful experience developing integrated fundraising
programs, strategic planning and alumni engagement initiatives.
Commitment to a values-based mission-centered, Catholic higher
education is essential. While higher education experience is
preferred, candidates who have considerable advancement leadership
experience in other non-profit settings are also encouraged to
Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in
confidence to: Robert Driver, c/o Gonser Gerber LLP, 1776 Legacy
Circle Drive, Suite 100, Naperville, IL 60563:firstname.lastname@example.org To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and five
professional references. References will not be contacted until
later in the search process.
Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest
standards of ethical conduct. They commit to act with integrity,
treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the
University's resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment,
maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional
obligations. Carlow University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer by choice. We value diversity and we are
committed to the recruitment of underrepresented groups.