Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations

Queens, NY
Jun 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations will take a leadership role in strategically developing and implementing an aggressive fundraising program and in maintaining alumni connected to the mission of the college and active in college affairs. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations will work closely with the President, QC Foundation Board, alumni office, senior administrators, faculty and fundraising volunteers in the planning and execution of the development program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the President's fundraising team on the formulation of fundraising goals and priorities and in the execution of established goals and priorities.
  • Designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to increase giving for all areas of fundraising, including annual giving, major and planned giving, and capital campaigns.
  • Directing teams that will implement the strategic plans for increased giving efforts.
  • Developing detailed strategies and programs for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and prospective donors; managing the groups responsible for such activities.
  • Developing, planning, and managing a variety of fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Overseeing the creation of solicitation and marketing materials to communicate fundraising needs.
  • Managing the development budget and financial reporting for all development activities; ensuring that reports are in compliance.
  • Developing, articulating, and implementing a comprehensive communications plan that will inform all fundraising activities and priorities.
  • Establish and maintain communication with the President, the Foundation Board, Provost, alumni, community leaders, faculty, staff and volunteers to gain an understanding of the college's substantive priorities, and translating those priorities into development, marketing, and public relations initiatives that lead to cultivation and solicitation; subsequently leading teams in the development and implementation of these initiatives.
  • Crafting and developing a long-term, systematic fundraising plan that will sustain and increase fundraising totals annually and in accordance with established priorities.
  • Engaging and involving the President and faculty members (as appropriate) in the cultivation and solicitation of high-level prospects (i.e. individuals, corporations, foundations, and alumni).
  • Overseeing the design and implementation of systematic donor and prospect research to support sound assessment of donors and prospects, and developing strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual donors, leading to a stronger major gifts program.
  • Cultivating, soliciting, and closing on gifts, as the leader in the fundraising effort.
  • Developing, planning, and managing a variety of alumni relations events and programs so that alumni remain engaged with the college.
  • Developing and executing a development strategy with alumni to increase their philanthropic support of the College.
  • Supervising and directing development and alumni relations staff.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an energetic, dynamic leader with a strong record of success raising significant major gifts and proven ability to build and enhance relationships with donors. 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 proven record of working as part of a team is necessary.

Master's degree and at least 10 years' experience in fundraising and development preferred. Experience in higher education a plus.


Vice President


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open Until Filled with Review to begin on February 19, 2017.


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


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Location: Queens College

Job Title: Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations

Job ID: 16257

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular