About Mount St. Joseph University
Mission Statement: Mount St. Joseph University
is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values
and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
The University educates its students through interdisciplinary
liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values,
integrity, and social responsibility.
Members of the Mount community embrace:
- excellence in academic endeavors;
- the integration of life and learning;
- respect and concern for all persons;
- diversity of cultures and beliefs; and
- service to others.
The College of Mount St. Joseph opened its doors to 20 students in
1920 as the first Catholic institution for women in Southwestern
Ohio. With the growth in enrollment, the Sisters of Charity opened
a new campus in the fall of 1962. In 1986, the College was formally
declared coeducational. Effective July 1, 2014, the College became
Mount St. Joseph University to leverage its doctoral, master's, and
online programs. The university, though incorporated under a Board
of Trustees in 1972, remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of
Mount St. Joseph University continues to blend successfully the
many complex aspects of a comprehensive, urban, Catholic
university. While retaining its centrality of mission, a spirit of
collegiality and sense of community, and a concern for
first-generation and traditionally underserved student populations,
the Mount continues to expand its academic offerings, at all
The Mount's new Strategic Vision, Transformation 2025, highlights
the importance of stimulating the Mount's philanthropic culture and
growing its gift revenues. The new Vice President for Institutional
Advancement (VPIA) will be responsible for guiding and supporting
the President, faculty, staff, and administration in developing the
philanthropic culture and expanding the Mount's fundraising and
About the Position
Reporting to the President, the person serving in this role is a
member of the President's Cabinet and leads a staff of ten
advancement professionals and a small complement of student and
co-op positions. The VPIA is responsible for encouraging an
institution-wide culture of philanthropy and overseeing the Office
of Institutional Advancement, with responsibility for fundraising
and alumni relations and providing support for meaningful community
The new VPIA must meet the following requirements and
Key Job Functions
- be an ambitious and dynamic development leader who is dedicated
to supporting a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the
- have a successful history of cultivating and securing major
gifts and identifying, attracting, and engaging new donors;
- partner with the President in all phases of university
advancement and engage the Board of Trustees, as appropriate;
- demonstrate effective skills in developing and executing
strategies to connect and engage alumni, faculty, donors, and local
and national philanthropists;
- be creative, innovative, and have a strong background of
leadership and collaboration; and
- have a passion for the impact that the Mount can have on
students, alumni, and the broader community.
Strategic Direction and Planning
- Culture of Philanthropy and Case for Support Support
and promote a culture of philanthropy among the Board, alumni,
faculty, donors, and other university constituents. Direct the
development of a compelling case for support to advance the
University's strategies that align with three themes: (1)
Excellent, relevant academics; (2) Engaged student experiences; and
(3) a Strong institutional foundation of human, financial, and
virtual and physical infrastructures.
Develop an overall
strategy for the university's fundraising, including financial
modeling and projections, consistent with the goals established in
the university's Transformation 2025 Strategic Plan, which includes
the University's being at or above the national average for alumni
giving participation rate (12%) by 2025. Determine the most
effective strategy for constituent cohorts.
- Fundraising/Development Develop fundraising plans,
tactics, and tools to implement the strategies calibrated to
achieve critical advancement goals and objectives. Oversee
fundraising programs, including the following: (1) Annual Fund
appeals; (2) Major Gifts solicitations; (3) fundraising events; (4)
Corporate and Foundation Relations; (5) Government and Foundation
Grants; (6) Planned Giving; and (7) Capital Campaigns.
- Relationship Management Develop effective, strategic
relationships with donors, alumni, faculty and staff, the corporate
community, and student groups. Provide support to the President,
Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff, for fundraising
activities, including training, development of materials,
relationship management, and ongoing donor cultivation efforts.
Participate in University and community events to represent the
University and to build relationships. Cultivate and solicit the
highest tier individual and institutional donors; manage a
portfolio of major gift prospects, and close gifts to meet annual
and campaign goals.
Develop a strategy to increase alumni
engagement, utilizing a variety of focal points, including cohort
(graduation year/era), department/academics, athletics,
social/fraternal organizations, and geographical region. The alumni
engagement strategy is designed to align with the goals established
in the University's Transformation 2025 Strategic Plan and the best
practices of like-sized private institutions. Provide measurable
goals and report results to University leadership and the
Position Competencies, Skills, and Qualifications
- Advancement Operations Oversee and support advancement
operations activities, including donor stewardship and recognition,
donor data records and tracking, and planning, budgeting, and
reporting. Oversee the development and implementation of
advancement office policies, procedures, and systems to ensure the
highest level of credibility and integrity of fundraising efforts.
Ensure the integrity and optimization of CRM databases (currently
Raisers Edge NXT and Slate).
- Capital Campaigns Support the next phase of campaign
development set forth in the University's Transformation 2025
Strategic Plan, including, but not limited to, Master Plan
adjustments and fundraising for the Health and Business Multiplex,
Student Center, and Library.
- Department Leadership Hire, coach, and lead members of
the advancement team. Provide effective professional and leadership
development training and coaching. Ensure key performance
indicators are tracked and reported for the advancement team (e.g.,
gift and donor metrics). Continually develop and refine strategies
to advance fundraising performance and alumni engagement.
- Financial Planning/Budgeting Participate in financial
planning and budget preparation and develop related advancement and
fundraising projections. Ensure the University has the appropriate
advancement metrics and develop appropriate benchmark reports for
the President, CFO, Board, and staff.
To successfully lead the Office of Institutional Advancement, the
ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of fundraising,
alumni relations, and advancement and demonstrate the strong
behavioral competencies and attributes described below.
Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills
- Experience in contemporary fundraising and advancement
strategies and techniques and a complete understanding of
- Expertise in major gift and planned giving strategies
and practices in higher education.
- Strong leadership and management acumen . Experience
working as a part of a team while leading multiple integrated
- Budgeting and financial forecasting and knowledge of
- Understanding of relevant fundraising and engagement
technology platforms, as well as the ability to direct
staff in conducting advancement operations.
Behavioral Competencies and Attributes
- Extremely strong strategic thinking and planning skills,
with the ability to establish both long-term and intermediate
strategies and plans, as well as short-term tactics, for achieving
- Ability to accomplish tasks in collaboration with, and
through, others in a higher education context.
- Very strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to be
persuasive with a variety of constituents.
- Very effective communication skills (including, verbal,
writing, presentation, and listening skills).
- Ability to establish priorities, goals, and
timelines and lead team achievement of quantifiable
- Passion for the work and the ability to lead with
- Effective problem-solving and decision-making
- Orientation toward action and results.
- Ethics and integrity in all activities inside and
external to the University.
- Contributes to team effort by welcoming new and different work
requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services
of the division; helping others accomplish related job results as
and where needed.
- A Bachelor' s degree in an appropriate field.
- Significant experience (five+ years) in the management of
fund developmentfunctions and staff.
- Experience in managing effective teams,engaging
constituencies, and working with volunteers.
- Record of developing and implementing effective fund
development plans, and achieving metric-driven
- Desirable Qualifications
- A graduate degree and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
credential are desirable.
- Successful experience at a similarly sized higher education
institution and knowledge of Catholic higher education.
- Demonstrated and successful comprehensive and capital campaign
- A demonstrated ability and commitment to diversity, equity, and
Mount St. Joseph University is being assisted in this search by
Field Development Consultants. Applications will be reviewed as
they are received. All applications will be considered highly
To apply, please upload the cover letter, resume, and contact
information with three professional references via Paycom.
A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.
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