Vice President, Institutional Advancement

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • May 28, 2021
Full time Development/Advancement/Fundraising Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP

Job Description



Reporting to the University President, the Vice President, Institutional Advancement partners with the advancement team and senior management team of the University to realize its vision of advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and more just society. This critical role drives fundraising and grants activity across the university, supports the philanthropic engagement of the trustees and university partners, and supports the president's fundraising activities as well as provides thought-leadership to the university while leveraging industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the institution. Supports culture development and management efforts.


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years documented experience progressive development leadership and/or as a successful fundraiser in a complex, dynamic, and/or matrixed environment required; higher ed, non-profit, or related industry experience preferred. Of the minimum seven (7) years, at least four (4) years required to oversee human capital.


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  • Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision
  • Ability and desire to serve as a champion and leader of the university's comprehensive campaign
  • Ability to identify and advance the President's fundraising priorities
  • Innate entrepreneurial and innovative thinking competence
  • Ability to travel at least 30% with the President and with advancement team members
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a positive and professional attitude; leadership and teamwork skills
  • Documented experience managing agencies and staff in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong budget and project management skills to effectively manage resources and the execution of multiple projects on time and within budget
  • Experience working within dynamic environments with internal and external stakeholders as well as the ability to leverage influence to drive change and influence stakeholders
  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration acumen and abilities
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook)
  • Strong research acumen and abilities

 Supervision (if applicable):  TBA

 Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works collaboratively with key stakeholders including, but not limited to: the President, Board of Trustees, donors at all levels, and alumni and friends of the University to develop both long-term and short-term strategies and programs for engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of constituents in all matters pertaining to the advancement and philanthropic support of the University.
  • Sets priorities and assumes responsibility for a broad and complex set of initiatives related to the philanthropic priorities and activities of the university.
  • Supports the develop a growing institutional advancement team, formalizes and enacts a plan for the university's next comprehensive campaign, and works to leverage the involvement and engagement of university partners in fundraising.
  • Oversees the planning and implementation of all programs and activities designed to enhance philanthropic support of the University, by, e.g., establishing overall office-wide goals and goals for all units, and by directing the strategic implementation and assessment of fundraising and engagement strategies to achieve those goals.
  • Manages the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of leadership gift prospects through personal visits and other forms of communication.
  • Plans and supports all fundraising and constituent activities of the President, Center and Institute Directors, other departments, and faculty.
  • Works with the Chairs of the Board of Trustees and Campaign Steering Committee and other leaders on the Board to ensure coordination and continued progress of all fundraising and constituent engagement activities.
  • Serves as a member of the President's Cabinet, responsible for advising and working with the President on the full spectrum of institutional issues.
  • Manages, motivates, and evaluates Institutional Advancement staff.
  • Establishes and manages the budget for the Institutional Advancement office.
  • Represents the University at events, to volunteer groups, and in the community with the goal of increasing the visibility of the University's fundraising priorities and needs.
  • Other duties as assigned and/or required.

Work Environment (Physical Demands):  The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Universal Core Behaviors:


  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect, and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.

 Teamwork and Collaboration:

  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts the success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.

 Responsive to Change:

  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge, and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate, and informed independent judgment when needed.

 Quality-Driven and Accountable:

  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions, and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in a professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining the highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).

 Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:

  • Supports and models the School's Values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism, and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School's strategic plan and key strategies.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

 As part of Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.


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