Vice President for University Advancement

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Alfred University, a private institution located in the Finger Lakes Region of Western New York, seeks extraordinary candidates for the position of vice president of University Advancement. Founded in 1836, Alfred University is a friendly, vibrant living and learning community offering more than 40 majors and concentrations, with degrees ranging from the bachelor to doctoral level.

Our next Vice President for Advancement will be a highly collaborative, strategic, skilled leader, and team member with demonstrated experience in building long-term relationships with donors, alumni, and members of the external and internal campus community. The successful candidate will understand the demands and ongoing changes in higher education to assess and evaluate current fundraising practices, design and execute a comprehensive advancement strategy and the necessary infrastructure to build a high-performing operation that will identify new revenue streams and areas of philanthropic support, effectively steward current donors, and bring fresh ideas that reflect the evolving nature of fundraising.

As a cabinet member, our next VPUA will join a proactive leadership team to assist the President in moving Alfred University towards its desired future through the creation of philanthropy culture, both internally and externally.  The Vice President will be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically delineated in this description and as designated by the University President.


Formal Education: Master’s degree desired, Bachelor’s degree required

Experience: Seven to ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in advancement preferred, preferably in higher education.

Additional Knowledge/Skills: 

  • Experience in volunteer management and in soliciting gifts
  • Interpersonal communications and team building skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Commitment to the value of higher education
  • Self-motivated, goal-oriented and able to travel
  • Responsibilities

  • Oversee Advancement activities including fundraising, gift servicing, donor stewardship, alumni relations, alumni communications, planned giving, annual giving, university events, and capital campaigns.
    • Set the vision for the Advancement team, in conjunction with senior leaders of the university.
    • Lead the Advancement team and develop a strategic plan; updating it every three to five years; ensuring there are measurable goals, an appropriate infrastructure, and a system of accountability to meet those goals.
    • Recruit, develop, and lead personnel on the Advancement team.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet
  • Represent Alfred University at various civic and educational functions.
  • Establish well thought-out processes for the management of information to be used strategically in order to plan and prioritize work
  • Cultivate and maintain strong community relations such that the interests of the University are well represented and supported.
  • Carry a portfolio of major donors and be actively engaged in major donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, in conjunction with the President.
  • Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.