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Vice President for Development

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey
Competitive compensation and benefits package.

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Four-Year Institution

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Montclair State University seeks a dynamic, experienced and growth-minded development leader to serve as its next Vice President for Development. Reporting directly to President Jonathan Koppell, the next Vice President will play a critical leadership role as the chief development officer for the University and leader of the MSU Foundation.  The Vice President is a member of the President’s Cabinet, and, together with the University’s other senior administrators, shares broad responsibilities to advance the mission, reputation, and capacity of the University to fulfill its important purposes.

This is an exciting time to join Montclair as President Koppell has laid out an ambitious agenda with the goal of establishing Montclair as the model of a 21st century public-serving research university.  This is already taking shape with the acquisition of Bloomfield College, launch of the Next Generation Service Corps and externally-funded collaborative community projects in nearby communities. The University has been singled out in rankings and news coverage as an emerging star that is worthy of attention and tracking in the years ahead.

The Vice President for Development will work closely with Koppell to identify philanthropic investors who are attracted to this vision which includes an institution dedicated to accessibility, excellence and civic engagement. This includes activating an alumni base of more than 130,000, who are dedicated but represent an underdeveloped resources, as well as building more support from a surrounding community of high-net worth individuals who embrace the progressive mission of the University. The Vice President will receive the full support of the President and the Board of Trustees in amplifying the University’s development efforts.


  • Create and lead the University’s strategies for identification and cultivation of prospects, closing major gifts and leveraging data and analytics to drive fundraising.

  • Cultivate and steward current and future donors, and raise the visibility of philanthropy within the University community.

  • Provide exemplary leadership to the existing development team while planning for expansion in the future.

  • Oversee all aspects of Montclair State University’s development operation, which includes major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni engagement, annual giving and donor relations, and the Foundation.

  • Direct a team of experienced development professionals responsible for progressive results towards the University’s fundraising goals.

  • Develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive fundraising program for the University.

  • Build strong relationships with an expanded donor community, including corporations, foundations, individual philanthropists, and alumni. 

  • Expand the University’s fundraising achievements such as, Soar, The Campaign for Montclair State University, where the University achieved close to $82 million exceeding its goal of $75 million; $20 million gift to the School of Business, the largest donation in the University’s history; endowment in excess of $100 million.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience with substantial and successful fundraising experience in a public or private university environment or closely-related non-profit environment.

  • A track record of substantial major gift acquisition.

  • Demonstrated leadership and team-building experience.

  • Familiarity with the laws, regulations, and professional standards related to fundraising.

  • Outstanding written, face-to-face, and presentation communication skills and the capacity to influence, with sincerity and passion, for a mission-driven public institution of higher education.

  • Absolute integrity and comfort working in a large, highly diverse, public institution.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

  • A track record of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion; experience building and leading in an inclusive environment.

  • Experience working with a variety of financial vehicles related to gifting methodologies.

  • Experience working effectively with various information management systems related to fundraising and donor accountability, such as Raiser’s Edge.

  • Familiarity with best practices and effective options of annual giving programs, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts programs, etc.

  • Knowledge of, and the capacity to function effectively in, the competitive and fast-paced New Jersey/New York City region.

  • Proven ability to function effectively in a dynamic environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.

  • Experience serving as a key consultant and advisor to a president or other senior executive on matters of donor, board relations, and philanthropic initiatives.

  • Ability to apply professional expertise as the chief development officer and fundraising strategist to the broader Montclair State University community, its leadership, and internal stakeholders.


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Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.


Montclair State University was founded in 1908 as the New Jersey State Normal School in Montclair. Today, it is the second largest university in New Jersey and a leading institution of higher education ranked among the top 200 national universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s ten colleges and schools offer more than 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels to a total of 21,000 students. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State University delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students, and its long tradition of civic engagement has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its Community Engaged Campus designation.




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