Executive Director



JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director (ED) of the New Jersey City University Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, is a key member of the team working with the senior leadership of the University. The ED sets the vision and guides the Foundation strategically with oversight from the Board of Directors and in alignment with the University’s mission. S/he is also responsible for day-to-day operational excellence and exemplary donor relations.

The ED leads university-wide development/fundraising and, through strong relationships with key constituents, secures private support for the benefit of the University and its mission. This person is a strong leader who is responsible for activities constituting effective and trustworthy stewardship of the Foundation’s assets, including effective governance of the investment portfolio and real estate assets through its subsidiaries. The ED is accountable to lead and develop a team of highly motivated professionals who will oversee development/fundraising, technology and operations, and Foundation finances. S/he works collaboratively with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as the leaders throughout the University to ensure that all activities and resources are aligned with the University’s priorities.

In addition to important fundraising goals in support of university priorities, the Foundation is focused on aligning with the University’s goals, ensuring operational excellence through continuous improvement and innovation, and leveraging the Foundation’s strategic and operational expertise, financial acumen, and assets in partnership with the University to engage the resources of the private sector. The ED is the primary spokesperson for the Foundation, participating actively with donors and in the communities touched by the University and its alumni.


Reports to: Directly reports to Vice President for Student Development & Community Engagement

Dotted Line: NJCU President

Foundation Board of Directors

Major Relationships: NJCU Board of Trustees

University leadership (deans, directors, administrators)

University Advisory Boards

Current and potential major donors

Community at large


• Provide vision and leadership for the Foundation relating to the development programs of the University.

• On an on-going basis, over multiple years, maintain momentum through major donor cultivation and solicitation and monitor and report progress to the Board and the University.

• In collaboration with the Board Chair, facilitate the deliberations of the Board of Directors to ensure alignment of strategy, goals, budgets, and new initiatives to support the University’s mission. Serve as the key liaison to the Board and its committees; providing updates, soliciting feedback, and engaging board members in dialogue on issues that matter. The ED helps to identify and recruit directors who will help ensure the success of the Foundation. In addition, the ED works to ensure meaningful engagement for each Foundation board director.

• Engage leaders within the private sector to support advancement activities for the University, including the development of new revenue sources necessary to achieve the University’s aspirational goals.

• Ensure the appropriate stewardship of the Foundation’s assets, including active participation with investment and real estate advisors.

• Work closely with the President of the University and with the Board of Directors to develop fundraising strategies that support the University’s strategic planning priorities and needs. Build credible relationships throughout the University that ensure a broad understanding and support for the unique role of an independent nonprofit foundation established to serve the needs of a public university.

• Work with the University development staff to establish fundraising strategies best suited for specific purposes for colleges, schools, or other campus units; to measure fundraising progress and productivity; to assist with donor cultivation activities and to personally cultivate and solicit individuals, corporations, and foundations.

• Serve as the key spokesperson for the Foundation, clearly articulating strategies and the Foundation’s relationship with the University and its mission.

• Build, lead, and motivate a high performing, collaborative team that is committed to the Foundation’s success and understands the critical balance among stewardship, intimate donor relationships and bold programmatic initiatives. Help to build and sustain the culture within the University that values individual development and achievement in an environment of collaboration and strong teamwork. Role model a culture of accountability and integrity.

• Administer the Foundation by ensuring the highest standards, including transparency in donor stewardship and communication.

• Value the contributions of volunteers and seek ways to engage alumni and friends of the University to their best advantage. Provide recognition that is genuine and meaningful for volunteers at all levels.

• Work closely with the University’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and the Division of Student Affairs to develop, monitor and assess the budgets for the residence halls and residential life programming to ensure compliance with bond covenants. Strengthen relationships with bond investors by ensuring consistent and accurate financial reporting for the Foundation’s subsidiary, West Campus Housing, LLC.

EDUCATION : Master of Business Administration Degree from an accredited college or university, preferred

EXPERIENCE : Five (5) to seven (7) years in leadership roles related to development and fundraising. responsible experience in resource development, fundraising, marketing and/or public and community relations.


• Successful leadership track record in a large academic or nonprofit setting with the scope and financial complexity to provide a smooth transition to this role.

• Experience in a leadership role where success is dependent on building strong relationships within a political environment in which limited resources must be allocated among competing priorities.

• Demonstrated success leading a team of motivated professionals by establishing the right balance of clearly articulated values, autonomy to act and accountability to perform to high standards.

•Demonstrated ability to inspire creative thinking and to ensure fact-based decision making.

• Successful fundraising experience as a development professional and proven ability to lead the foundation, steward the endowment, and mentor a team of development professionals to achieve aggressive annual and multi-year fundraising goals.

• Experience in assessing the viability of P3 real estate projects and with managing Foundation owned real estate assets on behalf of a university. Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret financial metrics, and with implementing changes that improve financial outcomes.

• Previous fiscal management accountability and comfort with the fiduciary responsibility accompanying an organization with a multi-asset base. Experience working with a diverse, sophisticated, and engaged board operating in the public domain.

• Demonstrated success in providing both strategic vision and accountability for consistent execution and operational excellence.


• High Integrity – The stewardship of other people’s money requires this, the staff thrives on it and the University expects it.

• Commitment to Public Higher Education – Personal commitment and passion for public higher education, learning and research.

• High Intellectual Capacity and Curiosity – The University and Foundation value both quick thinking and deep thought.

• Caring and Empathetic – The board, staff and donors expect authenticity.

• Hardworking – This is a significant role with time required by all constituents: donors, university leaders, board, staff, and community.

• Sophistication – This job requires someone who understands the challenges of the University, the needs of the donors, the aspirations of the Board and the capacity of the team.

• Strong Communicator and Presenter – The ED must speak and write to many audiences on a broad range of issues. These communications must be transparent and motivating.


• Fundraising and Relationship Building: The ED must enjoy working with donors to help them realize their charitable goals. In working with individual donors, as well as corporations and foundations, the CDO must be genuinely excited about and enthusiastically committed to the University and its mission.

• The ED will have demonstrated success in relating to people of all ages, articulating a compelling case, and leading a team that is client-focused and creative in its approaches to donors.

• The ED will thrive on building personal relationships inside the University and with both community and corporate leaders.

• This person must broaden the Foundation’s relationships with donors.

• Success will be measured by the relationship of the Foundation’s partnership with the University.

• Working Collaboratively within the University and the Community:

• Understanding the environment of the University, combined with the mandate of an independent nonprofit foundation, the ED must have strong self-confidence. It is important for the Foundation to work in partnership with many entities within and outside the University. The ED must be able to initiate collaborations that will benefit the University, as well as move into existing long-standing partnerships.

• It is critical that the ED demonstrates the ability to work within a setting that includes multiple leaders, multiple boards, multiple constituents, and multiple cultures, within an academic setting.

• Leading Strategically: The ED will be comfortable leading without a map. The University and Foundation expect a bold vision and creative thinking that can also be realized through the efforts of a cohesive and high performing team. The environment is challenging and changing.

• The ED must be capable of leading entrepreneurially and independently within the bureaucracy of the University. The ED will be comfortable with ambiguity and capable of bringing clarity to decision making processes.

New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.

New Jersey City University is a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus. For the health of our employees, students and visitors, smoking, vaping, and tobacco use is not permitted on campus. This includes all buildings, grounds and parking lots.

SAME Applicants: Candidates applying under the New Jersey “SAME” program, must include a Schedule A or B letter with other supporting documents (resume, proof of degree, etc.) by the closing date indicated above. For more information, please visit https://nj.gov/csc/same/overview/index.shtml , email: SAME@csc.nj.gov, or call CSC at (833) 691-0404

We offer a competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Cut-Off Date for Filing Applications: Open Until Filled

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