POSITION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LOCATION: DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
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
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
• Ensure the appropriate stewardship of the Foundation’s assets,
including active participation with investment and real estate
• 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
• Administer the Foundation by ensuring the highest standards,
including transparency in donor stewardship and
• 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.
: Master of Business Administration Degree from an
accredited college or university, preferred
: 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
• 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
• 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
•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
• 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
• 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
• Hardworking – This is a significant role with time required by
all constituents: donors, university leaders, board, staff, and
• 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
• Success will be measured by the relationship of the Foundation’s
partnership with the University.
• Working Collaboratively within the University and the
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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