Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President will be a results-driven fundraising and alumni relations professional with a strong track record of success. The successful candidate will have substantial fundraising experience, ideally in higher education or other nonprofit settings of comparable complexity, with the ability to embrace, articulate, and advance the University’s mission and values.
The Vice President provides vision, strategic leadership, and long-range and annual planning to assist the President in attaining the University’s advancement and institutional goals. Working in partnership with key stakeholders, the Vice President is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all fundraising programs (including planned giving, annual giving, endowment, capital, and major gift campaigns), alumni and parent relations efforts, and corporate and foundation relations.
Serve as an active member of the President’s Cabinet, participating in and implementing the University-wide strategic plan, Ascend 2028, andlead the planning and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program in support of it.
In partnership with the President and senior University leadership, develop consistent and compelling messaging that expresses the strengths and vision of LaSalle, and emphatically conveys a case for ongoing and elevated philanthropic support of strategic priorities.
Partner and support the President in his role of chief University spokesperson and chief fundraiser, serving as advisor and co-strategist in cultivating prospective donors and soliciting leadership and transformative gifts.
Assist the President and board leadership in the identification, recruitment, and cultivation of new board members, identifying key leaders with an affinity for LaSalle’s mission and values.
Cultivate strong working relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff across the University, including colleagues in Academic Affairs, Athletics, Admissions, Finance, Student Development and Campus Life, and the Office of Mission, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Personally cultivate, solicit, and steward a select prospect portfolio.
Lead the frontline fundraising team by example, demonstrating success and ensuring that timely steps are taken toward solicitation.
Lead a transparent and forward-looking budgeting process for University Advancement that aims high, projects clear outcomes for expenditures, and evaluates achievements in the context of cost effectiveness.
Continually assess staff effectiveness and overall organizational structure; create and nurture a culture of transparency, communication, and collaboration.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required with a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial leadership experience in advancement.
Knowledge of best practices in all key areas of fundraising and alumni engagement, including a comprehensive campaign endeavor; experience with strategic planning as a member of a senior leadership team; and track record of success in a complex organization.
Demonstrated success as an advancement leader in higher education, or translatable leadership in arts and culture, health care, or other complex nonprofit organizations.
Experience building upon an existing advancement program, resulting in a transformative increase in philanthropic revenue for an organization.
Success increasing the effectiveness of an advancement program and its staff through established objectives and performance standards, and experience managing governing boards and their members.
Detail-oriented with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds.
Experience in recruiting, inspiring, mentoring and retaining outstanding professional and support personnel.
A proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gifts from individual and institutional donors; a high level of comfort and effectiveness working with high-net-worth individuals and organizational leader
Ability to maintain sensitivity, understanding and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds.
Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of La Salle Universit
Established in 1863, La Salle University is a private, Catholic university rooted in the tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching order, which was founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Known as an academic community of excellence, one shaped by Lasallian, Catholic values, La Salle remains steadfast in the pursuit of its mission of faith, service, community, and social justice, with concern, too, for both collective values and the individual values of its students.
La Salle University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports a fully inclusive, equitable, and diverse working and learning environment. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. EEO/AA