Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations

Glenside, Pennsylvania
Dec 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Arcadia University is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations.


Founded in 1853, Beaver College, now Arcadia University, provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students. Arcadia offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees, educates more than 3,800 students, and has the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Global Studies, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Global Business, and the School of Education.  Recognized as a leader in international education with sites in 11 countries, on campus Arcadia offers over 60 well-regarded undergraduate and graduate academic programs across the arts, sciences, business, and education with top-ranked programs in Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant. The campus is beautiful, with mixture of new and architecturally significant buildings, and includes a majestic castle. In proximity to Philadelphia, Arcadia is a special place because of its emphasis on application of the liberal arts, global experiences, and accomplishment in the health sciences. 

Arcadia University has reached an important inflection point in its 165-history.    Dr. Ajay Nair, a social justice expert, assumed the presidency on April 2, 2018 and has created a level of energy, excitement, and confidence.  His inclusive and collaborative leadership has ignited strategic planning efforts that will clarify and strengthen Arcadia's identity in a distinctive way to attract and to retain the best students, faculty, and staff and to generate more robust philanthropic activities.  

With a new President, a reenergized campus, thoughtful planning, a commitment of new resources for the Development and Alumni Affairs function, and a more cogent narrative, the University seeks a seasoned, talented, and dynamic individual to become the new Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations. 

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Reporting to the President, the Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations will inherit a 15-person full-time staff, one part-time staff, some student workers, and an annual budget of $1.9 million.  The Vice President’s current direct reports are Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement and Alumni Communications; Director of Annual Giving; Director of Advancement Operations; a Senior Advancement Officer; and an Assistant.  The Vice President will exercise sound fiscal management and efficient allocation of resources. 

The VP will set annual and multi-year fundraising goals in partnership with the President, Cabinet Members, Deans, the Board of Trustees, and volunteers including the Alumni Council.  The individual will develop and execute strategies that will increase individual (including annual, major, principal, planned, and blended gifts), foundation, corporate, grant, and other philanthropic support.  The VP will hire, manage, motivate, and inspire staff, will establish appropriate annual goals, and will monitor progress on a regular basis to maximize performance and to respond to donor and internal stakeholder holder needs and requests seamlessly and efficiently.  The Vice President will lead and oversee donor cultivation and solicitation opportunities that involve the President, senior academic and administrative leaders, and trustee and other high-level volunteer leaders with a particular focus on major and leadership gifts.  The Vice President will manage a personal portfolio of the University’s most-promising gift prospects and donors, including both individual and institutional sources, moving them through the stages of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.  The ability to travel across the United States and globally where appropriate to support University priorities is essential.   This individual will need to be strategic and thoughtful about identifying new donors and sources of revenue.  Most importantly, the person will serve as the catalyst to build a culture of philanthropy intended to permeate throughout the Arcadia University landscape.


The essential requirements and qualifications are:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven experience in progressively responsible advancement leadership positions, which includes work in functional areas of development.
  • Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating trustees and other volunteer leaders.
  • Highly developed skills in organizational efficiency and project leadership, including demonstrated accomplishments while working with cross-functional teams.
  • The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about prospect/constituency engagement strategy and process.

Arcadia University has retained Diversified Search to assist in this search process. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for fullest consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2019. Applications and expressions of interest should be accompanied by a cover letter and a curriculum vitae.  Cover letters should address how the candidate’s experience and qualifications have prepared them for the role.  Materials should be submitted electronically in confidence to [email protected].

Arcadia University welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to its unique educational mission.

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