Drew University, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities located in the New York City suburb of Madison, New Jersey, invites applications for the position of Assistant Vice President for University Advancement.
This is an exciting opportunity for a senior advancement professional with strong management and front-line fundraising skills to partner with a new and dynamic Vice President, an engaged President, and a talented team of professionals, and contribute to the continued evolution and growth of an already-successful fundraising and constituent relations program.
The Assistant Vice President will assist the Vice President in providing strategic leadership to, and in maintaining the day-to-day activities of, the Office of University Advancement as a whole, including responsibility for budget management, research, strategic planning, and assessment.
In close partnership with the Vice President, he or she will also manage the leadership and planned giving team. This individual will execute a comprehensive plan to maximize the success of various fundraising efforts, actively manage a portfolio of leadership gift prospects and donors, and secure significant philanthropic resources for Drew’s leading fundraising priorities.
The Assistant Vice President of University Advancement reports to the Vice President for University Advancement, is a senior member of the Advancement team, and will serve a leadership role in strategically developing and implementing an aggressive fundraising and constituent relations program. He or she will have regular contact with trustees, the President, other senior administrators, faculty, staff, current students, alumni leadership, parent volunteers, and other external constituents.
Scope of Responsibilities:
Managing the leadership and planned giving team in establishing and executing fundraising goals and priorities; designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to increase leadership giving in support of Drew’s institutional needs and priorities.
Managing and leading the Corporate and Foundation Relations staff and Donor Relations and Stewardship team.
Developing detailed strategies and programs for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and prospective donors.
Assisting the Vice President in preparing for trustee meetings and in representing the Advancement office at various events and before various constituencies.
Overseeing the creation of solicitation, stewardship, and marketing materials to communicate fundraising needs and priorities.
Directing a long-term, systematic fundraising plan that will sustain and increase fundraising totals annually and in accordance with established institutional priorities.
Engaging and involving the President, deans, faculty members, trustees, and others, as appropriate, in the cultivation and solicitation of high-level prospects (e.g., individuals, corporations, and foundations).
Overseeing stewardship efforts to ensure that all donors are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in an appropriate manner throughout the year.
Overseeing the development and use of office and individual unit budgets.
Establishing goals for all units and overseeing, in particular, the implementation and assessment of fundraising and engagement strategies to achieve those goals.
Researching industry best practices and benchmarks, designing assessment tools, and preparing various reports for evaluating and improving performance and structure of office and individual units.
Managing the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of select leadership and major gift prospects through personal visits and other forms of communication.
The successful candidate will be an energetic, dynamic leader with a proven ability to build and enhance relationships. A strong work ethic and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment are essential, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in the advancement field, preferably in a higher education setting, and a proven track record of fundraising success.
Demonstrated knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of constituent relations and fundraising for higher education.
Track record of motivating, developing, and educating professional and support staff.
Experience with strategic and annual planning, project management, and process improvement efforts is essential.
To apply, submit the following materials to HR0319-1@Drew.edu. Please include your name in the subject. Please apply by June 30, 2019.
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About Drew University:
Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.
To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.
About Drew University
Drew University's highest priority is excellence in liberal education in a changing world environment. This priority guides the planning, implementing, and evaluating of the programs and activities of the University as well as the stewardship of its varied resources.