Vice President for Advancement - College of the Holy Cross
Company: College of the Holy Cross
Posted on: November 26, 2022
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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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,
- 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
- Generous paid time off
- Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness
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
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
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
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