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Vice President for Advancement - College of the Holy Cross

Company: College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

College of the Holy Cross is one of 27 Jesuit higher education institutions in the United States and the only one exclusively an undergraduate liberal arts college. It offers an exceptionally rigorous undergraduate experience defined bycura personalis, or "care for the whole person." A college known for its singular identity, intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and commitment to social justice, Holy Cross inspires and challenges its students to live and learn with meaning, purpose, and truth.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Job Description:
Holy Cross seeks a dynamic, strategic, and experienced leader to serve as its next Vice President for Advancement. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in developing and leading a best-in-class Advancement program that includes a fully integrated development and alumni relations program as well as campaign planning, donor relations, development communications, and data analytics. This opportunity is a leadership role reporting directly to the President and works in close collaboration with colleagues and peers on the President's leadership team, other key stakeholders throughout the college, and a highly engaged Board of Trustees. With a commitment to collaboration, excellence, and the Jesuit mission, the VPA will lead a team of more than 50 advancement professionals dedicated to furthering the mission and values of the Holy Cross.
To learn more and apply, contact Lindauer Senior Executive Vice President Jill Lasman or Senior Vice President Libby Roberts, or Assistant Vice President Megan Abbett at:

  • A minimum of 10 years developing, executing, and implementing a successful comprehensive Advancement program across an enterprise.
  • Substantial leadership and management experience that includes establishing personal and professional credibility, building trust internally and externally, and demonstrating collaborative forward-thinking and a goal-oriented development approach.
  • A deep understanding and knowledge of the complexities of running a comprehensive Advancement program, including annual, major, principal, planned, corporate and foundation giving, and alumni relations within the context of an upcoming campaign.
  • Superior communication skills including engaging speaking skills, strong writing and active listening skills, and an ability to communicate effectively across constituencies.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to navigate a complex environment, to understand and relate effectively with diverse constituents, and to partner in a sophisticated manner across the College community.
  • A track record as a major and principal gift fundraiser and manager of a sophisticated fundraising operation with a leadership role in a comprehensive campaign.
  • An ability to build, motivate, and provide strategic direction and leadership for a high-performance team.
  • Experience serving as a key consultant and advisor to a President or other senior leader on matters of donor and Board relations as they pertain to philanthropic initiatives, and an ability to engage with key stakeholders throughout the institution.
  • An appreciation of difference and a strong commitment to inclusiveness, an understanding of nuance, and the ability to think intentionally with an awareness of the various ways in which the campus is experienced differently by different communities and how that may affect development strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead organizational transformation, provide strategic vision, and be a strategic advisor.
  • Expert knowledge of industry best practices and a holistic understanding of all aspects of Advancement, ideally in higher education. Substantial experience evaluating the strengths of existing fundraising strategies and identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • A desire to deeply engage in the College and local community. The ideal candidate will reflect and embrace Holy Cross's emphasis on academic excellence, focus on educating the whole person, and commitment to a diverse learning community.
  • Extensive knowledge of Advancement principles and industry trends, including in analytics and assessment; ability to build a culture of data-informed decision-making and planning.
  • A Bachelor's degree; advanced degree highly preferred.
  • Experience in higher education is strongly preferred.To learn more and apply, contact Lindauer Senior Executive Vice President Jill Lasman or Senior Vice President Libby Roberts, or Assistant Vice President Megan Abbett at:To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures,College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted.Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended;please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.
    Additional Information:
    This is a full-time, exempt level position.The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:
    • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
    • NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
    • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
    • Generous paid time off
    • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
      College Description

      The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

      Region Description

      Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunitieswhich you can read more about here.The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

      A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

      To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download:click here The College of the Holy Cross is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace. For more information, please visit the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity's Policies and Procedures website.
      The College of the Holy Cross is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace. For more information, please visit www.holycross.edu/diversity.

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