Purpose of Position

The Associate Vice President, Advancement is responsible for the day to day management of the advancement, alumni relations, development, and fundraising staff, working with them to design, implement, and direct an integrated and comprehensive advancement program, with special emphasis on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, engaging and stewarding support to provide long-term financial sustainability.

This position will also:

  • Help further develop and orchestrate the implementation of the division’s strategic plan to advance institutional advancement efforts.
  • Work closely with the direct supervisor, the president’s office, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the deans and academic/administrative department heads, and the Athletics Director to explore and execute projects and programs as needed.
  • Oversee the execution of high level institutional special events that advance the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the mission, values, accomplishments, and goals of the college.
  • Assess, build, manage, and lead a high performing team of advancement professionals.
  • Nurture and provide counsel on matters relating to advancement and fundraising strategy.
  • Evaluate staff members, mentor and coach, develop a strong sense of teamwork, and establish an environment of collaboration, nimbleness, problem-solving, creative thinking, and alumni and donor-centered activity.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with leadership to review existing recognition and associated events to maximize impact and effectiveness.
  • Oversee and/or assist with all institutional advancement related events including, but not limited to: scholarship receptions, donor recognition, ribbon cutting ceremonies and other events as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • Collaborate and work on high level institutional events such as: Commencement, Convocation, Founders Celebration, Scholarship Gala, Academic Festival, and the Excellence Awards Dinner.
  • Assist direct supervisor and Chief of Staff with events at Daemen House.
  • Working closely with Advancement Services, regularly review management tools to ensure regular and timely stewardship.
  • Evaluate the quality and impact of the donor relations/stewardship program.
  • Collaborate with other departments to create strategies for developing donor relations/stewardship standards across campus for the purpose of creating an energetic and enthusiastic culture of philanthropy.
  • Identify and cultivate a stewardship portfolio of individuals/donors who need to be kept top of mind for all stewardship opportunities.
  • Proactively support gift officers in design and execution of annual and multi-year stewardship plans (calendar of opportunities) for donors and top prospects.
  • Develop a process to document and track stewardship action for individual alumni and friends.
  • Serve as a creative resource in identifying and developing new opportunities for community relations, stewardship/donor relations activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred, CFRE advantageous.
  • 10-15 years of progressive, responsible management and leadership experience, preferably in higher education, philanthropy, or nonprofit management.
  • Demonstrated expertise and creativity in developing or supporting Institutional Advancement strategy; ability to establish credibility with many stakeholders to build trust and buy-in for ideas.
  • An energetic, polished, professional, and dynamic leader with a proven ability to build and enhance relationships and manage a high performing team.
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced and nimble environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse audiences effectively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of typical fund-raising strategies for a small private institution.
  • Ability to be creative by understanding and leveraging relationships and innovative products and tools.
  • Proven track record of fundraising success including personal solicitation of major gifts.
  • Ability to analyze and present data, leveraging findings to inform strategy.
  • Strong sense of self-motivation and the ability to lead, coach, mentor, and inspire others.
  • Collaborative, collegial, and professional approach to interactions with all stakeholders.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Technical proficiency with and strong knowledge of CRM preferred.
  • Flexibility to work long hours, weekends, and evenings, and to travel to visit potential prospects and donors.
  • Advanced direct-solicitation and/or educational fundraising experience is preferred.

Terms of Employment

This position is a full-time exempt position that may require extended or weekend hours if warranted to meet the obligations of the position. The College offers a full package of benefits.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.