Vice President for Advancement

Tacoma, Pierce County
Apr 03, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Pacific Lutheran University seeks a seasoned advancement professional to play a collaborative, strategic leadership role in achieving the university’s mission to prepare the next generation of students to “live a life of purpose.” With an endowment of $83 million, approximately 3,500 students and more than 200 faculty members, the Vice President for Advancement will join the university when a new president and strategic plan are setting the tone for continuous improvement and innovation. The next VP for Advancement will have the opportunity to direct and envision change that will make a lasting impact on the university. Pacific Lutheran University is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top private liberal arts universities. Located in Tacoma, Washington, PLU sits on a 156 acre woodland campus in the picturesque Puget Sound region and less than an hour’s drive away from Seattle. With 38 undergraduate majors and select graduate programs, the university has a powerful global orientation with a majority of faculty members who have international experience and nearly half of all its students participating in a study-away experience. PLU has produced 94 Fulbright Scholars since 1975 and is ranked third in the nation among small universities for Peace Corps volunteers. Reporting directly to the president of the university and working closely with the Board of Regents, the VP will be responsible for creating and implementing a unified and comprehensive development plan to advance PLU’s vision. Supported by a 20-person advancement team, the VP will shape a vision, develop short and long-term strategies, and execute all aspects of a plan to increase support from individuals, government, foundations, and corporations. Building a culture of philanthropy, the new VP will align activities and equip and engage the leadership team appropriately and collaboratively for an effective approach to fundraising. Key attributes for success will include: • Demonstrated success building trust and credibility with diverse stakeholders • Confident, poised executive presence • Discerning • Displays good judgment and strategic use of people’s time • Strategic thinker with long term vision and the ability to translate it into action • High emotional intelligence; able to have challenging conversations • Ability to clearly articulate priorities, and plan, evaluate and assess • Keen self-awareness • Proven staff manager and motivator who helps teams achieve goals • Solid financial literacy • Strong relationship builder • High comfort level working with a Board of Regents • Outstanding time management skills • A good steward of resources View the full position profile here PLU is a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates from all ethnic, religious, racial, and gender or sexual orientation backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For immediate consideration, please send a two-page resume and cover letter expressing how your interests and accomplishments align with our needs and mission to Melissa Merritt at Resumes requested by May 15, 2014.