Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond’s learning and research environment is grounded in the liberal arts and enriched by its distinctive array of schools, with a singular integration of learning and scholarship across campus. It is defined by a culture of interdisciplinary connections, collaboration, and creativity, guaranteeing students close interaction with faculty and the ability to craft their academic experience.
The University is the nation’s only top liberal arts college that is also home to a top-ranked business school, the first undergraduate school of leadership studies in the nation, a highly regarded school of law, and a school of professional and continuing studies that reaches thousands of individuals in the region each year. Thus, the University of Richmond offers the intimacy of a small college and the opportunities that rival those of larger institutions, including a strong Division I athletics program. These distinctions, among others, have led to a passionate and committed alumni base with approximately 35,000 “solicitable” donors.
The University of Richmond has been consistently recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. It is ranked 25th among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, and the Robins School of Business is ranked 21st by Poets & Quants in its Best Undergraduate Business School Programs. The University of Richmond School of Law is ranked 50th by U.S. News & World Report. The University is consistently cited as a “best value” college by U.S. News & World Report, SmartMoney, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and USA Today-Princeton Review.
The University distinguishes itself in its commitment to ensuring the equity and accessibility of its transformative educational opportunities. Richmond is among a very small number of colleges and universities in the U.S. that meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for admitted first-year students and maintains a need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Through Richmond’s Promise to Virginia, the University also provides a financial aid award equal to tuition, room, and board to all Virginia students who are admitted and whose annual family income is less than $60,000.
The University seeks candidates for the role of Vice President for Advancement (Vice President). Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, with unfettered access to and a strong partnership with the President, the Vice President is a member of the President’s Cabinet and has primary oversight responsibility for the Advancement Office, which consists of approximately 80 talented staff members. The Advancement Office is comprised of four distinct departments: Development; Advancement Systems; Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations (government grants); and Alumni Affairs/Career Services. The mission of the Advancement Office is to engage current and future alumni through meaningful programs, activities, and communication; connect the University community of alumni, parents, and friends; and sustain Spider spirit by encouraging the gifts of time, talent, and treasure. The Vice President provides strong, creative, energetic, and strategic leadership on all advancement initiatives, programs, and functions, both short and long-term, with responsibility for building a major-gifts-focused culture of philanthropy and significantly increasing annual contributed revenue. The Vice President will serve as chief campaign officer for any future University campaigns.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Genuine enthusiasm for and commitment to the University of Richmond’s mission and history, as well as for the value of liberal arts education.
- Minimum of 12 years of experience in progressively responsible advancement leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas of development (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and leadership of a major capital campaign. Sophisticated knowledge of the respective roles of alumni relations, career services, and operational systems in a best-practices advancement program and a demonstrated track record of strategic collaboration with corresponding functional leaders. Experience working in an institution of higher education or nonprofit environment of similar complexity is strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget.
- Must be steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate advancement-related functions.
- Strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising and alumni engagement plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.
- History of securing six and seven-figure gifts or more, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors.
- Proven ability to develop, balance, and coordinate donor bases on a national and international scale.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement advancement initiatives.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating trustees and other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective advancement network.
- Skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary.
- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about prospect/constituency engagement strategy and process.
The University of Richmond has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174