Vice President of Advancement - Macaulay Honors College

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Apr 06, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 9964

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Vice President is responsible for one or more major College divisions and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet.  He/she incorporates innovative practices into plans and strategies and collaborates with other College and University executives, and outside organizations as needed, to develop appropriate policy and acquire resources.  He/she is a dynamic leader of an executive team responsible for personnel, budget, operations, and communications.


Vice President




Since 1847, The City University of New York has provided a path to success for generations of New Yorkers. As the flagship honors program at CUNY, Macaulay Honors College (Macaulay) offers academically gifted students an exceptional undergraduate education, integrating the vast resources of the City University with New York's cultural, scientific, and business communities. Macaulay Honors College enables talented students to develop the multiple perspectives they need to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

Inaugurated in the Fall of 2001, Macaulay is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities - both inside and outside of the classroom - for students from the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The Honors College provides free tuition and other financial support as well as dedicated mentors and advisors, internships, study abroad experiences, and a Cultural Passport that provides entre to the vast cultural resources of New York City.  Macaulay operates in consortium on eight CUNY campuses: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, CSI, and John Jay. Currently, the Honors College has approximately 2,000 students.

Now, after more than a decade of successfully preparing some of New York City's brightest students for real-world success, Macaulay seeks a Vice President of Advancement to accelerate the momentum of the institution. The Vice President of Advancement will join Macaulay's leadership team during a time of strategic growth. The VP of Advancement will be responsible for developing, refining, coordinating, and supervising all activities related to fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, special events, volunteer engagement, and alumni relations. He or she will be the primary liaison to the Macaulay Foundation; assist with Board recruitment and engagement efforts; lead the pursuit of private funding sources; increase the breadth of Macaulay's constituency; and create and steward special programs that enhance the reputation of the College and the social and academic lives of its students. To successfully complete these initiatives, the Vice President of Advancement will work closely with the offices of academic affairs, public relations, communications, and marketing.  

Macaulay Honors College has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist with  this executive recruitment.

The Vice President of Advancement will report to the Dean of Macaulay Honors College. He or she will oversee the staff in the offices of annual giving and special events, alumni relations, prospect research, and institutional giving. The Vice President of Advancement will work directly with the Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board of Directors chaired by William E. Macaulay; and with the campaign leadership team chaired by Anthony Meyer, and with Development Committee Chair, Laura Schor.

The successful candidate will lead the expansion of philanthropic revenue for Macaulay. 

Key opportunities and challenges include, but are not limited to:
- Establish a set of clear, ambitious but achievable fundraising goals for the Annual Fund, Major Gifts, and Planned Giving programs; create timelines, proposals, and presentations to secure funding for Macaulay (in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor, the Dean of the CUNY Campaign, and the University Dean of Macaulay).
- Identify new fundraising opportunities, especially from private sources; create tactics and form relationships that will position Macaulay as a strong candidate for their support.
- Develop a comprehensive plan and strategic timeline for Macaulay's upcoming campaign; garner internal and external support for its goals.
- Broaden and diversify Macaulay's base of support through face-to-face solicitation, grant writing, social networking, and special events.
- Maintain and grow a personal portfolio of top-tier donors and prospects.
- Assist with the identification, engagement, recruitment, and orientation of new Board members as well as encourage and inspire current Directors.
- Ensure accuracy, precision, and timeliness in gift processing, database management, foundation reporting, and donor relations.
- Increase alumni involvement through targeted programs and events, giving and volunteer opportunities, and engaging communications.
- Prepare reports for the Dean and Foundation Board on all activities involving fundraising.
- Provide professionally mature consulting to the advancement staff:  guide, motivate and mentor staff members while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, shared accountability, and clearly defined goals.
- Represent Macaulay and the Foundation in various capacities, most often at professional and community organizations, as well as in the corporate and business communities.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.  All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.  Additional qualifications are defined below by the College.


The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, will have a proven track record in creating new fundraising constituencies, and will have worked in a unit within a complex environment. Macaulay is seeking an experienced professional who can manage and prioritize multiple projects and consistently produce work of the highest caliber. Candidates should have a proven track record of meeting ambitious goals and demonstrate the ability to confidently navigate the philanthropic marketplace in New York City. The Vice President of Advancement must have an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the CUNY mission. Most importantly, candidates should bring a sense of excitement and energy to this position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred
- Solid track record of increasing philanthropic support, including the purposeful, creative diversification of philanthropic revenue sources
- Ability to discover new development opportunities by identifying individuals and institutions with values that are aligned with those of Macaulay
- Success in closing transformational gifts from a variety of constituencies as well as managing the design, refinement, and execution of the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
- Expertise in all areas of a comprehensive advancement operation:  leadership and major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, annual giving, events, campaigns, e-philanthropy, operations, research, development communications, and alumni relations
- Expertise and dynamic qualities necessary to build a sense of positive momentum amongst Macaulay's leaders, volunteers, donors, prospects, and other internal and external constituencies
- Demonstrated success in long-term planning and implementation of strategies to achieve goals, along with the success in managing the work efforts of others
- Vision and capacity to take Institutional Advancement to its next level of excellence, using tactics that are in line with the mission, priorities, and strategic plans of Macaulay
- Ability to craft different versions of Macaulay's case for support, depending on the intended audience; outstanding written and verbal communication skills in order to deliver these messages
- Proactive approach to directing a results-oriented and cohesive team while maintaining best practices, transparency, and camaraderie
- Ability to lead a professional team through the planning process and execution of successful fundraising efforts and campaigns
- Inspirational management:  the demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, and leverage a team's existing capacity to strengthen performance and deepen dedication
- A thorough familiarity with digital tools and how to best harness them to meet Macaulay's fundraising goals
- Innate intelligence and charisma to win the confidence of Macaulay's Deans, board members, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students, volunteers, friends, community members, donors, and prospects
- A strong work ethic with a clear sense of fairness, decisiveness, and accountability
- A skilled multi-tasker with a hands on approach and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


Macaulay has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) to assist with this executive recruitment. FPS is a national leader in recruitment for the not-for-profit sector and related concerns and brings a proven track record of recruiting top talent to diverse institutions.

Please send all confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations directly to FPS via e-mail at

All applications must include (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) a letter of interest (addressed to FPS) that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is the logical and desired next step in his/her career. Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.


The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2014. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


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