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Vice President for University Advancement

Institution: Marquette University
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Posted: 06/19/2017
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Position Title Vice President for University Advancement
Employment Status Full Time
Position Status Regular
If Limited Term (End Date of Assignment, Project, or Grant)  
Position Type Staff
Position Overview

Marquette University is seeking a highly experienced, charismatic and dynamic advancement leader with an exceptional fundraising track record and consummate interpersonal skills to join the campus community as its vice president for university advancement (VPUA) and lead the university’s next campaign, approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2016, to unprecedented success.

Under the transformational leadership of its first lay president, Michael Lovell, Ph.D., Marquette is a university that is on the move. With a student body of more than 11,000, including 8,200 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and professional students, Marquette’s goal is simple: to be recognized among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic, Jesuit universities in the world. Big ideas and breakthroughs don’t happen by chance—they take a plan. Beyond Boundaries, Marquette’s strategic plan, empowers Marquette to think and act differently. It provides an inspirational and tangible framework for Marquette to embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service, all while enriching and uplifting the well-being of humankind. The plans outlined in Beyond Boundaries are ambitious if not bold. Marquette must not only keep pace with the changing landscape of higher education and the greater marketplace, it must outpace it. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it.

Among the key components of Marquette’s ambitious plans include: A new innovative and pioneering core curriculum; new academic programs in health care data analytics, data science, and other areas designed to address urgent societal need; a new residence hall, currently under construction, that provides a unique student experience focused on community and wellness; and robust community engagement opportunities where Marquette students give more than 100,000 hours of community service annually to the larger Milwaukee community. Furthermore, Marquette has embarked on a forwarding looking campus master plan featuring new developments such as Innovation Alley, bringing together engineering, business, student and faculty researchers into an integrated facility including makerspaces to inspire exploration,creativity, innovation and collaboration; a BioDiscovery District to bring together top programs in health sciences and biological sciences to advance discovery; a new Health and Wellness Center to meet student wellness, recreational, counseling and medical needs; and an Athletic Performance Research Center (APRC) which will serve as a premier destination for elite scientists and scholars to foster breakthroughs in physiological and psychological aspects of human and health performance.

Never has there been a more exciting time to join Marquette. President Michael Lo vell has fostered a new energy on campus, one that is reflected in his dynamic senior leadership team. As the newest member of this team, the VPUA will play a vital role in achieving Beyond Boundaries and helping to transform the landscape of Catholic, Jesuit education in the U.S. by leading the equally bold and ambitious comprehensive campaign currently in the first year of its

silent phase.

Duties and Responsibilities

As Marquette’s chief fundraiser and philanthropic strategist, the VPUA will focus first and foremost on building exceptional relationships that will engage trustees, donors, alumni, corporations and the community in the life of Marquette. These relationships will ultimately result in significant philanthropic support to enable Marquette to achieve its ambitions. The VPUA will also develop strong and collaborative relationships within Marquette: to inspire and motivate the advancement team of development and alumni engagement professionals toward higher levels of achievement; to foster deeper philanthropic engagement and support from the Board of Trustees, alumni and major donors; to partner with and contribute to the President’s Advisory Team as a university leader; to work closely with the university’s successful varsity athletic teams, who are members of the Big East Conference and compete in the NCAA’s Division I in all sports; and to engage the provost, deans and other academic leaders to support transformational ideas and attract unprecedented levels of philanthropy. The VPUA’s leadership and relationships—in partnership with the president, trustees, faculty, administration, academic leaders and staff—will drive the success of Marquette’s campaign.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Marquette’s incoming vice president for university advancement should be a highly skilled and seasoned advancement professional with impeccable credentials leading and managing a sophisticated advancement program of motivated development and alumni relations professionals. Reporting to Dave Lawlor, the campus-wide executive vice president for operations, the VPUA will work closely with and have unbridled access to the president for all matters of strategic importance for fundraising and alumni relations. The position will be primarily external-facing and require a person of high energy with savvy interpersonal skills and confidence. Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional characteristics:

- A minimum of eight to ten years of leadership and management experience and proven track record of principal-gift level fundraising success in a sophisticated fundraising organization in higher education, academic medicine or closely related field.

- Demonstrated experience serving as the chief fundraiser and chief fundraising strategist for a complex organization.

- Substantial campaign management experience at the mid-high nine-figure level; ability to clearly articulate campaign priorities to a variety of internal and external constituents and stakeholders.

- Successful experience leading and developing a large team of development and alumni engagement professionals; ability to serve as a supportive and uplifting leader while holding people accountable.

- Ability to learn and think quickly for the purpose of gaining a broad and deep

appreciation for Marquette University and its mission-centric values and culture.

- Strong interpersonal skills; competence and skill-set in developing strong, lasting and productive relationships with broad and diverse groups of constituents and stakeholders.

- Willingness and propensity to collaborate with the campus community and serve as a transparent leader of University Advancement.

- A deep understanding and knowledge of the complexities of running a comprehensive fundraising program, including annual, major, principal, planned and corporate and foundation giving.

- Knowledge and understanding of how to form productive relationships, working closely with Boards of Trustees and leading and volunteers, including, campaign, college and alumni boards; experience and comfort level speaking to high-level CEOs and successful business owners.

- Strong written and verbal communication and listening skills; comfort and skill required to speak publicly in front of audiences of all sizes.

- Authentic alignment with the mission of a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to serving God by serving students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the overarching benefit of the human community.

- Inspiring, motivating and charismatic; willingness and ability to serve as the visible face of the university in close coordination with the president.

- Innovative strategist and ability to serve as a thought leader on matters of philanthropic giving and donor cultivation and relations.

- Comfortable navigating change in an often ambiguous environment.

- Understands changing landscape of higher education and the role university advancement plays in that change.

- Engaging personality and high energy; presents self with humility; possesses a good sense of humor; optimistic; doesn’t take self too seriously.

- A person of strong integrity and morals; trustworthy.

- Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Experience in higher education with a strong athletics program preferred.

- Master’s Degree preferred.

Department Office of the President
Posting Date 06/08/2017
Closing Date  
Special Instructions to Applicants

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 1, 2017. Candidates are asked to provide a CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Suzanne Teer at MarquetteVPUA@wittkieffer.com. Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Eden Stroud at 630 575-6154.

Marquette University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, Marquette cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals and mission in order to enhance the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Marquette University hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized for work, and require all new employees to submit documents necessary for certification of work eligibility under Federal Law.

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