Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the College for Continuing & Professional Studies.

To help support the work of the University, we have an opening for a Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.  The Vice President of Strategic Partnerships reports to the President.

The Vice President of Strategic Partnerships is responsible for working closely with the President and Cabinet to develop plans and lead the implementation of key initiatives that emerge from the strategic planning process. S/he will be responsible for securing the funding for these initiatives (and other University priorities) by leading, developing and sustaining strong relationships with foundations, corporations, government, and community groups nationally and internationally with the end result of providing funding to support Chatham’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In coordination with the President and the Cabinet, lead the development and implementation of Chatham’s strategic growth initiatives:

  • Prepare prioritized action plan for building out strategic initiatives.
  • Based on prioritized plan, conduct necessary assessments and planning for all aspects of the initiatives, from feasibility studies to funding strategies to staffing and operations.
  • Initiate implementation per plans, including securing any needed funding with support of University Advancement and Finance Office.

Internal Roles: 

  • Partner with and build synergies across academic and administrative units and projects linked to the initiatives to carry out planning and execution.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and as a thought partner to President and senior leadership in overall university administration.

External Roles:

  • Lead fundraising efforts with Government Relations, top foundations, and large corporation relationships in partnership with the President.
  • Identify and build partnerships with relevant parties (e.g. regional and global high schools, peer universities), including exploring innovative funding structures to support financing of initiatives.


Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of 7 years of achievement in fundraising, demonstrating the ability to conceptualize, plan and implement a strategic approach to building relationships and securing significant philanthropic support from major individual donors, corporations, foundations and government agencies. Must travel as position requires.

Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process.  To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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