Purpose of Position

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for all operations relative to advancement and institution building for Daemen College.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will work closely with the President to modernize the policies, procedures, and practices of the division, and:

  • Provide executive managerial direction for the college's advancement program (which includes Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Leadership Giving, Strategic Data Management, Marketing and Communication), and to further develop areas necessary to a successful advancement program such as planned giving and/or corporate and foundation relations as well as others deemed to be appropriate
  • Train and provide overall management of the divisional staff
  • Provide input to and participate in strategic planning regarding advancement activities
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to institutional marketing and communication
  • Work with the President to develop and implement a comprehensive advancement program (marketing, branding, communication, publications, and resource development) for Daemen College
  • Work with the Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, and Leadership Giving Directors and in tandem with the President to prepare annual, monthly, and weekly plans of targeted fund raising activities, including both financial and activity goals
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit government and private sector funds for the College and its programs
  • Initiate, develop, and maintain major donor relationships with special attention to frequent cultivation activities
  • Represent Daemen College in marketing and fund raising capacities and at special civic and social functions
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to the Office of Marketing and Communication
  • Prepare and provide overall administration of the divisional budget
  • Require donor contact reports; develop and monitor weekly reports from Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, and Leadership Giving Directors
  • Lead the college’s ongoing, first-ever comprehensive campaign to completion
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and lead in upgrading the donation level of existing donors through cultivation, solicitation, and providing stewardship through personal visits, phone contact, email, and written correspondence.
  • Oversee the management of all college-wide marketing and communication activities, especially media relations; digital communication and social media; advertising placements, including print, digital, broadcast, and other formats that will ensure a cost-effective strategy to reach prospective students, donors and other targeted constituencies
  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred;
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience and demonstrated success in one or more of the key areas of institutional advancement (annual giving, alumni relations, leadership giving, strategic data management, marketing and communication), preferably in a college or university setting;
  • Ability to develop, cultivate, and maintain purposeful relationships,
  • Proven organizational and interpersonal skills; professional skills commensurate with handling cash and donor gifts.

Terms of Employment

Full time, exempt, thirty-five hours per week, twelve-month position, requires some evening and weekend hours on a regular basis; travel also required


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 1st.