Vice President for School and College Development

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Job Title: Vice President for School and College Development
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 7861
Job Description


The Vice President, School and College Development has the primary responsibility to provide strategic leadership for a comprehensive and global advancement program for the schools and college of the University including: The College of Arts and Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the School of Law.

The Vice President is responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of high potential principal giving prospects. This position is responsible for the leadership of all development and alumni relations functions of these schools and the college working in partnership with the respective deans. The Vice President will jointly manage the chief development officers from their schools and college in collaboration with their respective deans.

The Vice President will rely on experiences in development and fundraising but continue to stay consistent and up to date with emerging trends in philanthropy. The Vice President will lead by example and foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration as well as accountability. The Vice President will establish appropriate metrics in conjunction with the Senior Vice President to assess individual and team performance to raise the maximum amount for each School and the College as well as the University. The Vice President will be a superb collaborator with colleagues who lead Health Sciences Development, Development Administration and Strategic Engagement, Global Principal Gifts, National Development and Major Gifts and Foundation/Corporate/Government to maximize fundraising opportunities and potential.

The Vice President will serve as a member of University Relations and Development senior leadership and be a superb collaborator working closely with the Senior Vice President for University Relations and Development.


  1. Manage a portfolio of high potential principal giving prospects to maximize gifts for the schools and the College that will set an example for frontline fundraising success (50%).
  2. Work collaboratively with the deans and school-based development offices to maximize their principal and leadership gift opportunities by following best practices in organizational efficiency, aligning alumni relations and development activities with academic priorities, engaging department chairs and faculty in fundraising goals and activities, and advising the deans on matters related to fundraising and alumni engagement (20%).
  3. Accompany the deans, school-based chief development officers, faculty, and other university leaders on visits with alumni and donors to advance the academic priorities of the schools and college through increasing philanthropic outcomes (20%).
  4. Lead the interim campaign planning for the college and schools including solicitation and performance measurements. Direct all activities and report on progress of efforts toward interim campaign targets and objectives (10%).


Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Contact with directors, staff, vice presidents and associate/assistant vice presidents as required to perform essential functions.

University: Contact with the president, vice presidents, deans, school and college staff as required to perform essential functions.

External: Contact with trustees, alumni, donors, friends of the university, vendors and volunteers as required to perform essential functions.

Students: Contact with students as required to perform essential functions.


This position has overall supervisory responsibility for the chief development officers of the schools and the college, as well as several levels of development officers and staff (27+).


Experience: 15 or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience in higher education administration, external relations, development, or related fields.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required, Masters or terminal degree preferred.


  1. Demonstrated leadership ability when collaborating with all levels of staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and prospective donors.
  2. Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors at the major and principal gifts level.
  3. Experience working in a school or college development program and collaborating with deans and faculty.
  4. Demonstrated the ability to comprise goals and ideas, set priorities, present philanthropic opportunities and close gifts.
  5. Experience organizing and managing volunteer organizations and events.
  6. High degree of energy, creativity, flexibility, organization and interpersonal skills, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective presentation skills required.
  7. Knowledge of the issues and opportunities facing higher education.
  8. Ability to deal with issues and cultures throughout the nation and beyond.
  9. Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to learn new programs.
  10. Ability to meet consistent attendance.


Professional office surroundings, some evening and weekend hours will be required. Will be required to use personal vehicle. Frequent national and international travel required.

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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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Posted: 8/30/2019
Application Due: 9/20/2019
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