Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the foremost institution in the nation focused solely on flight and space. With campuses in Daytona Beach, FL and Prescott, AZ – plus one of the country’s best online programs and multiple on-site locations around the world – ERAU is in many ways a model for the future of higher education.
As the university welcomes Dr. Barry Butler as its new president, it seeks to enter a new era of philanthropic investment in its compelling programs and people. Thus, Embry-Riddle seeks applications and nominations for the role of senior vice president of development and alumni relations.
A tuition-driven institution, Embry-Riddle historically fhas not benefited from a robust advancement program. Thus, this new senior vice president will have the opportunity to build a program directly to the state of the art, working in close concert with a president experienced in the enterprise and a board eager to increase substantially its commitment to the program. The senior vice president will articulate a vision for advancement at ERAU and will create and execute a plan to attain that vision, including the increased level of resources necessary to generate significant returns. The senior vice president will then lead the institution in both word and deed to the realization of that vision, building capacity and raising sights across the university while playing a personal role in the development of major and principal gifts.
Accomplishing these ends requires an advancement professional of considerable experience in a program performing at the level of best practices. Demonstrating seven or more years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in an environment of equal or greater complexity, the senior vice president will possess a facility for team-building and will inspire enthusiastic followership. Candidates with a history of sound fiscal management, including delivering optimal returns on investment, will be at a significant advantage, as will candidates with experience managing and leading a geographically distributed workforce. The SVP must be an active and enthusiastic communicator and collaborator across the entirety of the institution. Intellectual curiosity – particularly in regard to Embry-Riddle’s focus on aeronautics and aerospace – is exceptionally important; thus, experience working in the STEM disciplines is desired. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
Embry-Riddle’s new senior vice president for development and alumni relations will join an institution already at the top of its game academically and poised to launch to those same levels of excellence in terms of alumni relations and development.
Additional information about the position, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Recruitment is aggressively underway in anticipation of an appointment during the summer. For fullest consideration, candidate materials including a cover letter and resume should be received by June 30, 2017. Nominations, referrals, and candidate materials should be sent electronically to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search, Dennis M. Barden and Elizabeth K. Bohan, at Embry-RiddleCAO@wittkieffer.com. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to the consultants supporting this search at 630-575-6152.
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