The Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University seeks an energetic and collaborative advancement professional to serve as Associate Dean for Alumni and Development. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, on the Philadelphia Main Line, Villanova University is a preeminent Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately, and succeed while serving others. Villanova has 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in six colleges and schools. The University ranks in the top 50 of national doctoral/research universities.
Established in the mid-1950’s, the Law School’s distinctive mission draws upon the Catholic tradition emphasizing the unique value of individual human lives and the endowment of free will. The Law School offers a number of degree programs, several in conjunction with the Villanova School of Business, and is currently implementing a “Where Law Meets Business” strategic vision that has garnered strong support. The School enrolls 540 students in its academic programs and has 11,000 alumni. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The Associate Dean reports jointly to the Dean of the Law School and to the Office of University Advancement through the Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts. The Office of University Advancement, which includes Development and Alumni Relations, operates within a semi-hybrid model, supporting a number of key functions centrally while providing substantial latitude for Villanova’s five schools and colleges to manage their own advancement and alumni functions. The University is currently completing a $600 million campaign, which will end in May 2018 and has already exceeded its goal.
The Associate Dean for Alumni and Development serves as the Law School’s chief advancement officer with overall responsibility to provide leadership direction and coordination to a comprehensive program designed to advance the School’s mission and goals. The Associate Dean is a key part of the Dean’s executive leadership team and works closely with the Dean to set a strategic direction for the School’s advancement efforts, which include establishing and implementing overall advancement strategy and ensuring the achievement of annual goals and objectives; preparing the overall development plan; designing, implementing and managing fundraising initiatives and annual, major, and planned gifts programs; and ensuring the development of an effective alumni relations program that includes broad representation from various alumni groups. The Associate Dean is responsible for coordination with the Office of University Advancement; for working collaboratively with colleagues within the School and across the university; and for working in collaboration with the members of the School’s Board of Consultors and various alumni boards and affinity groups. The Associate Dean oversees four direct reports with fundraising, annual giving and donor relations, major gifts, and alumni relations responsibilities. She or he will carry a portfolio of 100-120 donor prospects.
The School of Law seeks a dynamic and energetic leader who can inspire and engage its wide-ranging partners. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant leadership experience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a strong commitment to collaboration and a record of success in strategic fundraising at complex institutions. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (advanced degree preferred); at least seven years of experience in advancement in higher education, including experience soliciting donors for major gifts, managing staff, and strengthening alumni relations and engagement. An understanding of legal academia would be highly desirable. Outstanding candidates will have demonstrated: success in developing fundraising strategies, building relationships, and working closely with major donors; ability to build, lead, and motivate successful fundraising partnerships working collaboratively and strategically; experience working in a major capital campaign; a commitment to and passion for the Law School’s mission and its values of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect for individual differences; ability to interact with individuals at all levels, to work collaboratively with volunteer committees, and to understand volunteer outreach and management; ability to operate independently and resourcefully, and to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, and collegial environment.
Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to: Villanova_Law@divsearch.com.
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Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.