Rutgers University–Camden seeks a seasoned, energetic and strategic Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement to build a robust advancement program for the university. Established in 1950, Rutgers–Camden combines the resources of Rutgers, a major national research university, with the smaller, more intimate environment of a mid-sized urban-serving public research institution dedicated to serving the needs of its local and regional community in South Jersey and the greater Delaware Valley. Rutgers–Camden offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral-level programs to more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Law, which merged with its counterpart in Newark in 2015 to form a single Rutgers Law School. Recognized as a Community-Engagement Classified Institution by the Carnegie Foundation, Rutgers–Camden has made an aggressive commitment to civic engagement. The university is an anchor institution for the growth and development of the Camden community and works closely with new and established corporate citizens in Camden and the entire region. Rutgers–Camden's strategic plan lays out five key directions: providing a first-rate undergraduate education grounded in research and experiential learning; enhancing high-quality and interdisciplinary graduate and professional programs; advancing faculty research excellence; leading in the revitalization of Camden and the Greater Delaware Valley; and increasing enrollment to support strategic goals. Poised for growth, Rutgers–Camden offers a combination of world-class research, personalized student learning, and high impact civic engagement operating within an innovative, entrepreneurial, and student-focused culture.
Reporting jointly to the chancellor of Rutgers–Camden and the president of the Rutgers University Foundation, the vice chancellor oversees the Advancement Office (including divisions of alumni relations, development, marketing, and institutional fundraising), and serves as a member of the Chancellor's Senior Leadership Team and the Foundation President's Executive Leadership Group. The vice chancellor is responsible for pursuing success in three key areas: securing revenue from individual and institutional donors with dedicated stewardship that will increase contributions over time; increasing student and alumni engagement; and promoting the Rutgers–Camden brand to increase visibility, recruit and retain students, and increase philanthropic support. The vice chancellor will be expected to build out the organization and infrastructure of institutional advancement, overseeing a staff of 15 individuals across all units.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader, able to establish credible and collaborative working relationships across Rutgers–Camden and the Foundation. She or he will have strong organizational ability, excellent relationship-building skills and cultivation skills, deep experience in prospect engagement and major gifts fundraising, and experience in developing and executing campaign strategy. She or he will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable driving major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, with a track record of effectively managing organizational change and helping an organization achieve its fundraising goals. Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (advanced degree preferred); ten or more years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience in advancement, preferably within a research university or environment of similar complexity; demonstrated understanding of the process of growing a comprehensive advancement program; evident commitment to diversity and a track record of working effectively with diverse groups; personality and demeanor that will fit the unique nature of the University and quickly gain the respect of donors, Trustees, and alumni; intellectual capacity to partner effectively with a chancellor with clear priorities and high expectations; and ability to think strategically during changing economic conditions, particularly in determining where investments need to be made.
Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All communications will be treated confidentially. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to:
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D. Senior Managing Director
Nancy Helfman, Vice President and Senior Associate
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rutgers–Camden values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.