Vice President, Advancement

Jersey City, New Jersey
May 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


New Jersey City University (NJCU) announces a nationwide search for its next Vice President for University Advancement. The new Vice President will provide progressive leadership as the chief advancement officer for the University and will advise the President on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of university development, alumni relations as well as community and donor relations. He/She will also serve as the Director for the University Foundation, a private nonprofit organization which raises funds to benefit the University.

Located across the river from New York City, minutes away from midtown Manhattan, Jersey City is the first and largest city of the state of New Jersey. Jersey City is experiencing a renaissance, having become the second largest logistical center in the country as well as the home to many financial institutions and new industries. The waterfront is a showplace for urban redevelopment and NJCU is partnering in this development.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President will be a key member of the executive leadership team. He/she will work in close collaboration with all other academic support and administrative units at the University, the Foundation and the Board of Trustees concerning advancement related initiatives. As Chief Advancement Officer the position is responsible for developing additional external relationships to enhance University objectives. As an expert in fundraising the position works to broadly support the University’s mission to advance learning through the integration of teaching, research, and service to others.

NJCU seeks a Vice President who will assess and mentor the team, raise it to a new level of quality and effectiveness, and continue to enhance its strong culture of collaboration and collegiality. The Vice President must have a proven track record of solicitation and closing of major gifts and will actively carry a portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects. Leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is desirable.

Since its founding in 1929, NJCU has served as a comprehensive state, urban university meeting the educational needs of its diverse local population as well as students from around the globe. NJCU’s student body of nearly 8500 undergraduate and graduate students take advantage of its 43 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs offered in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and College of Professional Studies, including a robust School of Business. 

Essential Duties

1. Provides leadership and vision for the University's Advancement division. Work collaboratively to develop, direct, implement and evaluate a comprehensive development plan to advance the goals and mission of the college.

a. Leads the management, integration, and alignment of the advancement division, including development and alumni relations.

b. Participates in, manages and monitors strategic initiatives related to the University at large and as specifically applicable to Institutional Advancement.

c. Coordinates the team of advancement leaders to set and achieve identified, measurable and strategic goals.

2. Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors of the NJCU Foundation, to recommend and develop comprehensive policies and on-going programs to achieve fund-raising initiatives through planned giving, major gifts, community and business partnerships, and annual giving campaigns.

a. Manages, develops, staffs, organizes, and executes University's fundraising efforts.

b. Works across campus and externally to build support for, and institutional involvement in, fundraising.

c. Builds and nurtures a culture of philanthropy on and off campus.

d. Leads and implements capital campaigns and other fundraising initiatives with a focus on both short term and long term initiatives.

3. Serves as a senior member, leading and coordinating philanthropic and alumni efforts.

4. Works with the President, University leadership and the Board of Trustees to determine priorities and secure funding for those priorities.

5. Supports and contributes to the University's vision, mission, and goals while providing strategic direction and leadership for fundraising and alumni relations.

6. Establishes and fosters productive relationships with all University constituents.

7. Keeps current on programs and student, faculty and staff initiatives, while networking with senior development officials regionally and nationally.

8. Provides leadership, shared management and oversight of alumni activities promoting relationships that begin and endure from matriculation.

9. Supports and serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees Advancement Committee.



1. Works with donors to engage and inspire them and to increase their participation personally, professionally, and financially.

2. Develop and oversee a variety of student assistance programs, including scholarships, textbook and emergency assistance.  Administer and manage the Faculty and Staff Advancement awards in support of college priorities and programs.

3. Develop a culture of philanthropy internally, through policies, procedures, budgets, and people, and externally that can position the University to have success in fund raising.

4. Manages and continuously improves advancement policies, operating procedures, reporting systems, and structures to support the advancement division and to be compliant with all applicable policies.

5. Manages the operations of the division and build an internal culture of teamwork, trust, and excellence.

6. Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of Advancement.

7. Oversee and manage the operational budget and expenditures.

8. Coordinates alumni outreach and manages key events on and off campus.

9. Generates new programming and strengthens existing programming. 

10. Serves on assigned NJCU Foundation, regional and College committees. Represent the NJCU Foundation and College at local, regional and state meetings and events. University committees as requested.

11. Other duties as assigned by the President


Licenses and/or Certifications

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certificate.


Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience

A Masters' Degree from an accredited college or university in business,  or related field and fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in resource development, fundraising.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership ability in a complex organization in the area of resource development.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, application, and approval.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially with constituent groups.
  • Previous experience working collaboratively with the members of a non-profit board.

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