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Position: Vice President for Advancement

Reports to: President

Status: Full Time

Supervises: Development, Constituent Relations, Communications, and Executive Assistant

General Description:
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the University’s comprehensive advancement program. The Vice President provides strategic leadership and operational management for fund raising, donor development, stewardship, board relations, alumni relations, parent relations, community and government relations, and foundation and corporate relations. She/He works with academic and institutional leadership to identify and develop projects for external funding

Specific Responsibilities/Duties:

1. Provide leadership, energy, and direction to develop a comprehensive advancement strategy to provide increasing levels of support for University operations, capital projects and to build endowment funds.  Prepares annual detailed work plans for the department and works within a five year strategic development plan which is updated annually

  • Responsible for shaping and articulating the case for support for the University, both for the Annual Fund and other fund raising objectives.
  • Oversee the major gifts program which identifies, cultivates and solicits major gifts on behalf of the University

2. Ensure first-class, multi-faceted development and alumni programs including major gifts, annual fund, foundation/governmental relations, donor stewardship and relations, corporate giving, government grants, planned giving, designated giving efforts (e.g., library, athletics, schools, gallery, etc.), alumni and parent relations, and special event/activities.

  • Directly supervise directors of Development and Constituent Relations.
  • Develop and manage long term plan, annual operational plan, staffing, systems, operations, and clear and accurate reports on tangible results.
  • Support development staff in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of donor prospects.
  • Plan and implement annual, capital, and comprehensive campaigns, as appropriate.
  • Ensure quality programs/services and effective Return on Investment in each area, as appropriate.
  • Meet regularly with directly supervised staff individually and as a team to improve collaborative processes as well as individual accountability.
  • Oversee the prospect management, donor relations, and stewardship programs.
  • Ensure appropriate management of gift processing/acknowledgment functions.
  • Coordinate special events/activities for the University.
  • Ensure efficient utilization of technology to support research, tracking, and communication

3. Serve as the chief major gift officer.

  • Maintain a portfolio of top prospects.
  • Utilize the moves management process to cultivate, solicit and steward top prospects.
  • Close substantial gifts for the University

4. Develop and implement an integrated College-wide communications program.

  • Directly supervise Director of Communications.
  • Articulate in cooperation with the President, through articles, speaking engagements and face-to-face interactions with local, regional, and national constituencies, the University’s mission, plans, and compelling rationale for philanthropic support.
  • Work with Director of Communications to develop and supervise marketing and communications initiatives to enhance awareness of the University and its programs.
  • Articulate and implement a plan to utilize social media on behalf of the University

5. Establish highly effective working relations with the President, Board of Trustees, other vice presidents, deans, faculty leaders, alumni, volunteers, and current and prospective donors.

  • Support Board of Trustees activities through service as staff to the Development and the Trusteeship and Governance Committees.
  • Support the President in maintaining a portfolio of donor prospects.  Support Board in cultivating donor prospects.
  • Serve Deans and others with outside constituency groups such as advisory groups, to ensure adequate University support and alignment.
  • Assist Provost and Deans in identifying sources and preparing proposals for external funding to support the academic enterprise.
  • Work directly with other vice presidents for management of University services and programs.
  • Service on internal committees: President’s Cabinet, President’s Council, and others as assigned.

Desired Traits and Characteristics

The Vice President should be a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional, who is committed to the mission and vision of NDNU.  The successful candidate will likely be a seasoned, sophisticated major gift fundraiser, who at the same time is able to lead and mentor the professional and support staff.  He/She must establish effective collaborative working relationships and communication with faculty, administrators and Trustees, as well as business, professional, and social leaders in the Bay Area communities.

The successful candidate will have proven success of personalinvolvement in raising major gifts from individuals, by one’s own solicitation and through strategic deployment of institutional board, or other volunteer leadership.  He/She will be an excellent strategic thinker and problem solver, as well as have strong and persuasive written, verbal and presentation skills.  A dynamic, energetic and visible leader, the Vice President will have the ability to motivate, energize and create a culture of collaboration and teamwork, and should be able to passionately represent and promote the University’s mission, vision and values.  A strong work ethic, honesty and integrity are highly valued at the University.  The Vice President should be comfortable representing a Catholic University.

Career Path Leading To This Position

Candidates should have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible broad based institutional advancement experience, ideally in a small to medium sized college or university.  Candidates with demonstrated success running development/advancement programs in other types of nonprofit organizations will also be considered.  An exceptional record of personal achievement in cultivating donors and raising major gifts for capital and other purposes is important. Candidates with successful experience in campaigns are preferred.  Knowledge of development systems, operations, technology and annual activities is important.  Experience procuring corporate, foundation and government grants is desired.

While candidates do not necessarily need to have vice president level experience, they do need to have a strong record of hiring, supervising, mentoring and leading professional staff


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided.  Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.

Application Procedures:

NDNU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports a diverse student population. In your cover letter, please include information about your experiences in working in a diverse environment, and what qualities you would bring to supporting this commitment to inclusive excellence at NDNU.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Notre Dame de Namur University
Human Resources, Job #VPA06114
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002

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