St. John’s University is seeking an Associate Vice President (AVP) to provide strategic leadership to the University’s Development, Alumni and Advancement Services units. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, the Associate Vice President will lead a team of major gift officers along with the functional leads for Alumni & Donor Relations, Advancement Services, Special Initiatives and Gift Planning departments. The AVP will also engage with key internal and external constituents including the President and members of the President’s Advisory Council, Board members, faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni.
The University: Founded in 1870, St. John’s University (www.stjohns.edu) offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The fall 2016 enrollment of 16,440 undergraduate students (including 4,644 high school students taking college credit) and 4,647 graduate students represents 46 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and 127 countries. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations and employs 1,491 faculty members (643 full-time and 848 part-time) and about 1,400 full-time and part-time administrators and staff. Campuses are located in Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, New York, and Rome, Italy with an additional location in Oakdale, New York and study abroad locations in Seville, Spain and Paris, France. With its Division I athletics, the University offers 17 men’s and women’s programs and is a member of the Big East Conference. Many of SJU’s 178,000 living alumni reside within the New York City region providing ample opportunity to engage and grow our donor base. The market value of the University’s investment portfolio is $647.9 million as of May 31, 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities: The AVP will co-lead the preparation, execution and management of the University’s advancement program, including the creation of quarterly and annual goals, and provide oversight of campaign strategies, goals and solicitations to ensure targets are met. The AVP will evaluate, design, implement and benchmark fundraising programs to maximize revenue generation in annual and capital programs. He or she will actively participate in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donor prospects.
As a senior development officer, the AVP is expected to solicit and secure funds and resources that support the University’s mission, expand the major donor population, and lead the planning and execution of special events. This position will oversee all Advancement units as assigned by the Vice President for Advancement and University Relations. In conjunction with the University’s strategic priorities, the AVP will ensure that unit plans are developed in a thorough and consistent framework, metrics are defined and tracked, monthly/annual plans are submitted, initiatives are monitored for completion, budgets are effectively utilized. He or she will oversee fiscal management, report metrics, manage effective gift closure and maintain a focus on achievement of goals, while minimizing the cost per dollar gift ratio. He or she will establish strong and appropriate relationships with the President and members of the President’s Advisory Council, Board members, faculty, administrators, staff, students, donors, and alumni to advance the division’s fundraising goals in conjunction with the University’s strategic priorities. Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.