Assistant Vice President for Development

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The Assistant Vice President for Development (AVPD) is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising and organizational strategies for Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts & Sciences, Arrupe College, athletics program, regional major/principal gifts, parent and family philanthropy, and leadership annual gifts. He/she will help drive $10M-$20M annually in philanthropic revenue for Loyola through six- and seven-figure gifts from alumni, parents, and friends.

The AVPD has responsibility for day-to-day management of 15-20 fundraising professionals, a broad but cohesive portfolio of fundraising programs, and an individual portfolio of major- and principal-gift capacity prospects and donors, including some of the University’s highest profile supporters.

The AVPD will work with staff under his/her management and colleagues across the division to engage faculty and University administrators in identifying and shaping fundraising priorities and building out corresponding funding opportunities.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer/Senior Assoc. Vice President for Advancement, the AVPD is a member of the Development unit’s senior management team, which includes the chief fundraisers for Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, School of Law, and the Health Sciences, as well as the head of Loyola’s Donor Relations & Stewardship program. This team works together to achieve divisional fundraising and stewardship goals.

•Develop comprehensive fundraising strategies designed to raise gifts between $100K and $5M+ from individuals for the entities described above.
•Provide leadership and guidance to maximize staff productivity and increase fundraising results.
•Day-to-day management of a fundraising team, including hiring, orientation and training; program development and implementation; goal-setting and monitoring of individual/team/divisional progress metrics.
•Manages a portfolio of prospective and current donors with an individual fundraising goal of $5M+ per year.
•Contributes to building and implementing the overall strategy for Advancement’s Development unit as a member of its senior management group.
•Works closely with academic leaders and administrators to identify fundraising priorities and create corresponding funding opportunities.
•Serves as a cultivation and solicitation partner for the President, Trustees, Vice President for Advancement and others.
•As assigned, serves on inter- and intra-divisional working groups and committees.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably with an emphasis in literature, communication, or journalism. Minimum eight years in higher education related advancement and leadership experience, five years of which must have been in increasingly responsible management.



Minimum of 8 years of relevant fundraising experience. Bachelor’s degree required.

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The successful candidate will be a seasoned leader and manager of fundraising teams and a successful fundraiser in his/her own right, with 8+ years of relevant fundraising experience. This position requires an appreciation for higher education and an understanding and respect for Loyola’s Jesuit principles and traditions. A Bachelor’s degree is required, with preference for a Master’s degree.

Additional qualifications and characteristics sought include:

•Track record and ability to secure six- and seven-figure philanthropic commitments
•Experience recruiting, managing, and retaining highly-skilled fundraising teams
•Strong commitment to embracing diversity in hiring and managing staff
•Ability to work successfully in a complex, fast-paced organization serving multiple stakeholders and managing varied agendas
•Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and the ability to write persuasively and effectively for varied audiences
•Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact, discretion, and humanity
•Skilled at building consensus and making difficult decisions
•Project management and organizational skills
•Budget management experience



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Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

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Posted: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 2/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time