Vice President for Institutional Advancement (45036)

Mount St. Joseph University
Mount St. Joseph University - Cincinnati, OH, 452331670
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Oct 21, 2021

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Job DetailsJob Location Mount St. Joseph University - Cincinnati, OHPosition Type Full TimeEducation Level 4 Year DegreeJob Category Finance About Mount St. Joseph University

Mission Statement: Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility.

Members of the Mount community embrace:

  • excellence in academic endeavors;

  • the integration of life and learning;

  • respect and concern for all persons;

  • diversity of cultures and beliefs; and

  • service to others.

The College of Mount St. Joseph opened its doors to 20 students in 1920 as the first Catholic institution for women in Southwestern Ohio. With the growth in enrollment, the Sisters of Charity opened a new campus in the fall of 1962. In 1986, the College was formally declared coeducational. Effective July 1, 2014, the College became Mount St. Joseph University to leverage its doctoral, masters, and online programs. The university, though incorporated under a Board of Trustees in 1972, remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

Mount St. Joseph University continues to blend successfully the many complex aspects of a comprehensive, urban, Catholic university. While retaining its centrality of mission, a spirit of collegiality and sense of community, and a concern for first generation and traditionally underserved student populations, the Mount continues to expand its academic offerings, at all levels.

The Mount’s new Strategic Vision, “Transformation 2025,” highlights the importance of stimulating the Mount’s philanthropic culture and growing its gift revenues. The new Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) will be responsible for guiding and supporting the President, faculty, staff, and administration in developing the philanthropic culture and expanding the Mount’s fundraising and advancement efforts.

About the Position

Reporting to the President, the person serving in this role is a member of the President’s Cabinet and leads a staff of ten advancement professionals and a small complement of student and co-op positions. The VPIA is responsible for encouraging an institution-wide culture of philanthropy and overseeing the Office of Institutional Advancement, with responsibility for fundraising and alumni relations and providing support for meaningful community engagement

The new VPIA must meet the following requirements and expectations:

  • be an ambitious and dynamic development leader who is dedicated to supporting a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the institution;

  • have a successful history of cultivating and securing major gifts and identifying, attracting, and engaging new donors;

  • partner with the President in all phases of university advancement and engage the Board of Trustees, as appropriate;

  • demonstrate effective skills in developing and executing strategies to connect and engage alumni, faculty, donors, and local and national philanthropists;

  • be creative, innovative, and have a strong background of leadership and collaboration; and

  • have a passion for the impact that the Mount can have on students, alumni, and the broader community.

Key Job Functions

  • Culture of Philanthropy and Case for Support – Support and promote a culture of philanthropy among the Board, alumni, faculty, donors, and other university constituents. Direct the development of a compelling case for support to advance the University’s strategies that align with three themes: (1) Excellent, relevant academics; (2) Engaged student experiences; and (3) a Strong institutional foundation of human, financial, and virtual and physical infrastructures.

Strategic Direction and Planning – Develop an overall strategy for the university’s fundraising, including financial modeling and projections, consistent with the goals established in the university’s Transformation 2025 Strategic Plan, which includes the University’s being at or above the national average for alumni giving participation rate (12%) by 2025. Determine the most effective strategy for constituent cohorts.

  • Fundraising/Development – Develop fundraising plans, tactics, and tools to implement the strategies calibrated to achieve critical advancement goals and objectives. Oversee fundraising programs, including the following: (1) Annual Fund appeals; (2) Major Gifts solicitations; (3) fundraising events; (4) Corporate and Foundation Relations; (5) Government and Foundation Grants; (6) Planned Giving; and (7) Capital Campaigns.

  • Relationship Management – Develop effective, strategic relationships with donors, alumni, faculty and staff, the corporate community, and student groups. Provide support to the President, Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff, for fundraising activities, including training, development of materials, relationship management, and ongoing donor cultivation efforts. Participate in University and community events to represent the University and to build relationships. Cultivate and solicit the highest tier individual and institutional donors; manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, and close gifts to meet annual and campaign goals.

Alumni Relations – Develop a strategy to increase alumni engagement, utilizing a variety of focal points, including cohort (graduation year/era), department/academics, athletics, social/fraternal organizations, and geographical region. The alumni engagement strategy is designed to align with the goals established in the University’s Transformation 2025 Strategic Plan and the best practices of like-sized private institutions. Provide measurable goals and report results to University leadership and the board.

  • Advancement Operations – Oversee and support advancement operations activities, including donor stewardship and recognition, donor data records and tracking, and planning, budgeting, and reporting. Oversee the development and implementation of advancement office policies, procedures, and systems to ensure the highest level of credibility and integrity of fundraising efforts. Ensure the integrity and optimization of CRM databases (currently Raiser’s Edge NXT and Slate).

  • Capital Campaigns– Support the next phase of campaign development set forth in the University’s Transformation 2025 Strategic Plan, including, but not limited to, Master Plan adjustments and fundraising for the Health and Business Multiplex, Student Center, and Library.

  • Department Leadership – Hire, coach, and lead members of the advancement team. Provide effective professional and leadership development training and coaching. Ensure key performance indicators are tracked and reported for the advancement team (e.g., gift and donor metrics). Continually develop and refine strategies to advance fundraising performance and alumni engagement.

  • Financial Planning/Budgeting – Participate in financial planning and budget preparation and develop related advancement and fundraising projections. Ensure the University has the appropriate advancement metrics and develop appropriate benchmark reports for the President, CFO, Board, and staff.

Position Competencies, Skills, and Qualifications

To successfully lead the Office of Institutional Advancement, the ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of fundraising, alumni relations, and advancement – and demonstrate the strong behavioral competencies and attributes described below.

Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience in contemporary fundraising and advancement strategies and techniques and a complete understanding of alumni relations.

  • Expertise in major gift and planned giving strategies and practices in higher education.

  • Strong leadership and management acumen. Experience working as a part of a team while leading multiple integrated teams.

  • Budgeting and financial forecasting and knowledge of financial principles.

  • Understanding of relevant fundraising and engagement technology platforms, as well as the ability to direct staff in conducting advancement operations.

Behavioral Competencies and Attributes

  • Extremely strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with the ability to establish both long-term and intermediate strategies and plans, as well as short-term tactics, for achieving University goals.

  • Ability to accomplish tasks in collaboration with, and through, others in a higher education context.

  • Very strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to be persuasive with a variety of constituents.

  • Very effective communication skills (including, verbal, writing, presentation, and listening skills).

  • Ability to establish priorities, goals, and timelines and lead team achievement of quantifiable outcomes.

  • Passion for the work and the ability to lead with vision.

  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

  • Orientation toward action and results.

  • Ethics and integrity in all activities inside and external to the University.

  • Contributes to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the division; helping others accomplish related job results as and where needed.

  • A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field.

  • Significant experience (eight+ years) in the management of fund development functions and staff.

  • Experience in managing effective teams, engaging constituencies, and working with volunteers.

  • Record of developing and implementing effective fund development plans, and achieving metric-driven goals.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A graduate degree and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential are desirable.

  • Successful experience at a similarly sized higher education institution and knowledge of Catholic higher education.

  • Demonstrated and successful comprehensive and capital campaign experience.

  • A demonstrated ability and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About Cincinnati

The Cincinnati region is a vibrant destination known for its major league sports and world-class arts and culture and in the words of a New York Times press writer in July 2009, an artsy swagger. Located on the scenic Ohio River with its rolling hills and lush valleys, the Cincinnati region offers its citizens a tapestry of neighborhoods and experiences that provide an urban heartland backdrop for all special events. Cincinnati's rich German heritage is reflected in its architecture and the spirit of its people.

Founded in 1869, Cincinnati is the home of the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, who boast three World Series titles (1975, 1976, and 1990), playing at the picturesque riverfront-themed, Great American Ballpark. The Cincinnati Bengals represent Cincinnati in the National Football League and play their home games at the state-of-the-art facility, Paul Brown Stadium, named after the team founder. Indeed, Cincinnati's most recent addition to major league sports is FC Cincinnati, a Major League Soccer (MLS) professional soccer team.

College athletics in Cincinnati rivals the professional teams, with Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati leading the way. Cincinnati also hosts a number of other professional sporting events, including the AVP Volleyball Tour, Duramed Championship women's professional golf, NASCAR at the Kentucky Speedway, and the Western & Southern Masters and Women's Open tennis tournaments. Of course, The Mount also hosts 23 NCAA Division III, men and women sports teams, and great sports venues for the benefit of the University and Greater Cincinnati communities!

Family-fun experiences abound, with venues featuring world-class roller coasters, exotic animals, and water-themed attractions. Kings Island is internationally known for its fast and tall roller coasters and live entertainment. The Cincinnati Zoo, nicknamed the World's Sexiest Zoo, is renowned for its reproductive program. The Newport Aquarium, on the northern Kentucky waterfront, is recognized as one of the top aquariums in the country. The Beach Water Park, Coney Island, and Coco Key Water Resort offer outdoor and indoor wet fun for the family throughout the travel seasons.

Cincinnati's arts and culture scene rival that of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It is anchored by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Playhouse in the Park. Other notables include Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Contemporary Arts Center, May Festival, Taft Museum of Art, and the National Underground Railroad Museum. Visitors will also want to explore the art galleries in Mt. Adams, OBryonville, and Over-the-Rhine. A newly energized Fountain Square, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, is a gathering place for residents and visitors to shop, dine, and play all year long.

The Cincinnati Region includes the southwestern corner of Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. It is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies and hosts the headquarters of a diverse group of national and international companies including The Kroger Company and Procter & Gamble.

(The preceding description is adapted materials, courtesy of The Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network. For more information, visit:

Application Process

Mount St. Joseph University is being assisted in this search by Strategic Advisors. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications will be considered highly confidential.

To apply, please upload the cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references via Paycom.

A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The University has designated the chief compliance and risk officer, (513) 244-4393, Office of the President, as the individual responsible for responding to inquiries, addressing complaints, and coordinating compliance with its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other applicable federal and state civil rights laws. The University has designated the director of learning center & disability services, (513) 244-4524, as the individual responsible for responding to inquiries, addressing complaints, and coordinating compliance with its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Mount St. Joseph University delivers high-quality academicshands-on experiential learning and personalized attention from faculty and staff dedicated to your success. We consistently live a culture of ethics and service in everything we do.

A Mount education is based on an interdisciplinary liberal art and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility.

High-quality academics

Our highly interdisciplinary, liberal arts curriculum challenges students to think outside their major and connect diverse subject matter. A robust offering of majors, double majors, and minors prepares you for a successful future.

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The Mount is dedicated to you, our students, in delivering hands-on experiential learning needed to build confidence and future professional success. Nearly one-third of students who participate in cooperative education (co-op) accept full-time employment with their co-op employers.



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