Georgian Court University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). Reporting to the President, the VPIA serves as the Chief Advancement Officer and is responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy within the University, while cultivating friends and donors to advance the financial growth of the University. The VPIA provides guidance and oversight regarding all matters related to fundraising and is a visionary leader who advances the strategic fundraising initiatives and designs and implements the comprehensive institutional advancement programs within the mission of the University.
Primary Responsibilities (include, but not limited to):
Designs and implements fund development programs to achieve strategic University goals for external resource development, charitable contributions, planned giving, donor cultivation and retention, alumni and donor records, campaign management, and resource management.
Establishes and is accountable for fundraising, development goals and annual objectives.This includes administration of capital, annual fund campaigns and special, major and planned gift programs.
Responsible for the administration of prospect/donor research, gift processing and records, recognition and stewardship, and the all-inclusive operating system used to support these advancement functions.
Identify and cultivate prospective donors (individuals, corporations and foundations).
Invigorate and cultivate the alumni base including the development of a culture of connectedness and philanthropy among current students and recent alumni.
Serve as an active member of the President's Cabinet and the President's Leadership Council.
Work closely with the President on fund raising and alumni activities.
Assist the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and others as appropriate in their development responsibilities.
Prepare and monitor Institutional Advancement and Development department budgets.
Provide leadership when communicating the needs of the University to donors and prospective donors.
Responsible for developing and deploying measures of success (metrics) and reporting on all fund raising, development and alumni activities.
Manage a range of constituent donor recognition programs.
Supervise the Director of Alumni Engagement, Directors of Development and support staff.
Will support the University's mission by providing a commitment to leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition, and thrive in an environment that values growth through shared academic, cultural, social, and spiritual experiences, and through Georgian Court's historic concern for social justice.
Provide overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Development and Alumni Relations departments.
Supervisory responsibilities are in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees as needed.
Participate and successfully complete University required training.
Perform other job related duties and/or special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree; Master's preferred.
Minimum of 5-7 years of fundraising, with demonstrated success in the areas of annual capital campaigns, planned giving, major donor development and foundation and corporate relations (in higher education strongly preferred).
Supervisory experience with fundraising staff.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred, or eligibility for certification.
Must be able to work collaboratively with various constituents and departments.
Demonstrated effective inspirational and visionary leadership who can coach and lead by example.
Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Must be articulate and possess excellent computer skills.
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
Demonstrated record of completing assignments.
Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the University's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships.
Demonstrated ability to manage a donor database (i.e. Blackboard's Raiser's Edge or similar development software).
Externally focused with well-connected and established key influential relationships to enhance fundraising efforts.
Ability to develop creative strategies and incorporate best practices based on experience and knowledge of all aspects of philanthropy and engagement tactics.
Must exercise a high degree of discretion and independent judgment.
Must be well organized and able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
Superior written and verbal communication skills.
Current and permanent legal rights to work in the U.S.
Able and willing to work weekends and evenings.
Capable of travel, as needed.
About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. GCU's strong liberal arts core and its special concern for women create an environment that supports diversity and academic excellence. Anchored by the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, compassion, service, and justice, Georgian Court serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in upward of 30 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs.
The university, which was founded over a century ago as a women's college, became a fully coeducational university in 2013. Women and men attend classes on the GCU main campus in Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, which is also a National Historic Landmark. Courses are also taught online and at several other locations in New Jersey.