The University of New Haven seeks a high-profile, experienced and dynamic advancement professional to be responsible for guiding and leading the strategic and tactical efforts of the University Advancement. This is an excellent opportunity for the right advancement professional who wants to have an impact on a most important mission. The position serves on the senior management team and, through the representation and communication of the University’s image, leads a cohesive effort to build sources of revenue and support. The Vice President is responsible for overseeing the University's comprehensive fund-raising programs and the offices of alumni relations and special events.
The President of the university values a highly respected and accomplished advancement professional who can excel both as a superb front-line fund-raiser and in the leadership of the advancement office. The ability to build relationships, cultivate, ask and close both 6- and 7- figure gifts is important. The new hire will also be expected to continue to create a culture of philanthropy among the university's loyal alumni, parents and friends.
The successful candidate will have the ability to translate strategic intent into effective friend and fundraising efforts. The candidate of choice will have the proven ability to create and guide development and alumni relations efforts that incorporate best practices in stewardship. We seek a front-line development professional who excels in promoting positive donor relations including frequent and high quality contacts with high level donors. The Vice President will work closely with the President and the senior administrative and academic staff, and will have the proven ability to build a broad base of alumni and non-alumni support for both unrestricted and restricted gifts to annual, special, and capital fundraising priorities.The Vice President will assume responsibility for a comprehensive campaign in progress and work closely with the President and Board of Governors in adjusting the campaign’s strategies and execution, as necessary, and leading the campaign towards and into its public phase and successful conclusion.
A Bachelor’s degree is required as well as a successful track record of fundraising and management within a complex organization, preferably in an educational setting. Experience with campaign planning and execution are necessary. 10+ years’ experience and accomplishment with the front-line solicitation of major and principal gifts, management and leadership of a successful alumni and annual fund office, and a track record of engaged stewardship are all necessary. Experience and knowledge of strategic campaign management, annual and planned giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations and prospect management is required. Significant budget, personnel and staff management experience is essential. The new Vice President should be able to mentor, inspire and motivate colleagues across the University, including those that report directly and indirectly within the Advancement Division. Excellent interpersonal communication and team building skills are necessary. The ability to understand and enthusiastically articulate the University of New Haven’s mission and the undergraduate and graduate level programs is essential. A sense of leadership and an orientation to excellence and continuous improvement are all highly valued.
The University of New Haven seeks the following educational, professional experiences and personal qualities in the new Vice President for Advancement.
? 10+ years of progressive leadership experience managing a complex environment responsible for revenue generation, operations, budget, and large numbers of advancement professionals preferably in education.
? Significant experience in the fundraising and development arena preferred.
? Bachelor’s degree required, and a Master’s degree preferred, both from a recognized
and accredited college or university.
? Ability to engage, interact effectively with and earn the respect of all the
constituencies of the University community: the President, the administration, staff, faculty, students, corporate and foundation trustees, alumni/ae, parents, and friends of the University.
? A sophisticated advancement professional who possesses superb front-line fundraising skills.
? Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and inspire Alumni and Advancement staff.
? Proven track record of success in soliciting major gifts from individual prospects.
? Experience working in a multi-year comprehensive campaign environment that
includes thoughtful interaction with high-level fundraising volunteers.
? Ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and close major gift prospects, planned gift and
annual fund leadership prospects. Knowledge of and experience with planned giving
vehicles and tax codes.
? An orientation toward results and an ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
? Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing and communication skills required.
? Travel regularly to cultivate relationships and solicit gifts from major donors as well
as attend special events on and off campus with the President of the University.
? Ability to synthesize and articulate the priorities of the University and match them
with the values and interests of individual prospects.
? Possess intellectual skills necessary to articulate institutional needs to various
constituencies and to talk broadly about higher education and the world today.
? Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to address various-
? Knowledge and experience in prospect tracking, stewardship and reporting
procedures and all aspects of annual giving programs.
? A high level of ethical standards, integrity, concern for confidentiality.
? Knowledge and experience with successful major gift and planned giving solicitation
for alumni/ae, parents and friends of a higher educational institution.
? The ability to embrace and leverage technology to advancement the University
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send your resume, letter of interest and list of 4 references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:
Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About University of New Haven
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education.Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960 and opened its Orange Campus in January, 2014. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities.The University enrolls approximately 6,800 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 5,000 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Tagliatela College of Engineering, UNH offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 500 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.