School/Unit: Development and Alumni Relations
Department: President's Office
Purpose of Position:
The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations reports directly to the President of the University and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. The Vice President serves at the pleasure of the President as an administrative faculty member. The Vice President guides and counsels the President on all planned and executed activities involving donor prospects and suspects assigned to the President and helps position the President as a leader in the community and among alumni . The Vice President works closely with the President and others to recruit to the University a high-quality volunteer cadre serving in areas of their individual interests.
The Vice President ensures that all private fundraising and alumni relations activities conducted in the name of the University or one of its related foundations or alumni associations comply with applicable policies and procedures approved by the Board of Visitors. The Vice President ensures that professional standards of ethics are followed.
The Vice President provides to the President active leadership and guidance in the planning, design and implementation of major comprehensive fundraising campaigns and ensures that those campaigns’ purposes have broad support among the University’s Deans and Directors and are consistent with University strategic plans.
The Vice President directs and oversees all Development matters brought before the Board of Visitors for action and information. The Vice President engages actively and personally with the management of the University-related fundraising foundations, serving as an advisor and ensuring compliance with the Management Principals and Guidelines agreed to by the foundations and the University.
The Vice President is directly responsible for the management of the Central Development and Alumni Relations office and ensures that services are provided effectively and efficiently.The Vice President oversees the operations of the Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Services, Prospect Research, Alumni Relations, Communications, Donor Relations, and the Division’s Administration and Finance offices within the Central Development and Alumni Relations Division.
The Vice President leads the University’s decentralized development organization primarily through two Chief Development Officers. The Vice President leads through inspirational example and must gain the professional confidence of the unit development staffs. The Vice President monitors the internal coordination of all activities involving major gift prospects and suspects identified as University Leadership Prospects. The Vice President ensures adherence to the Board of Visitors policy governing those prospects and the underlying purposes of this policy are understood by all development staff. The Vice President initiates, maintains and stewards relationships with major gift prospects and suspects, as appropriate.
The Vice President participates in the orientation of all new University and VCU Health System development employees. The Vice President oversees and administers a system of accountability measures for the development staff and engages the Deans and Directors of the units in the process of fairly utilizing these measures in staff evaluations.
The Vice President is responsible for maintaining a friendly and respectful atmosphere for all private donors’ dealings with unit and central development offices at the University. The Vice President is charged by the Board of Visitors with protecting the integrity and accuracy of the donor and alumni database and ensures the accuracy and frequency of all development and alumni-related reports provided to the President, the Board of Visitors and the staff. The Vice President manages the operations and agenda for all Development and Alumni Advisory Council meetings and conducts routine cross-campus meetings of all development officers.
Must have an advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional experience:
A deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of VCU and the vision of the President; the ability to effectively articulate the President’s vision to the University’s key stakeholders.
The desire to play a meaningful role in the life of the University and its extended community and to share in VCU’s commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, service through engagement, and its commitment to sustainable living.
A demonstrated ability to plan, execute and successfully close significant major and principal gifts in an institution of higher education; meaningful experience working in an academic setting is desirable.
Experience in leading, or being a part of a capital campaign aimed at securing transformational gifts during a time of rapid growth.
The professional credibility and maturity required to effectively engage and leverage the President, Deans, Faculty, volunteer leadership and other key stakeholders in building a tradition of fund raising.
A track record of success leading a development operation of at least 30 people; an approach to management that brings out the best in staff and yields pride, ownership, and a sense of team effort.
A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources; the ability to plan, monitor, and tightly manage a budget.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; the ability to influence and inspire, with an understanding and respect for the culture of Virginia.
The intellectual depth necessary to understand and translate academic, technical, and other information for a variety of audiences, crisply and concisely.
Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and perspective; a strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow-through.
The confidence and knowledge required to advance and defend ideas and programs in an environment that respects conviction but demands analytical rigor; a love of intellectual exchange and lively dialogue.
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