Vice President for University Advancement Posted Jun 13
Marquette University , Milwaukee, WI
Marquette University is seeking a highly experienced,

charismatic and dynamic advancement leader with an exceptional

fundraising track record and consummate interpersonal skills to

join the campus community as its vice president for university

advancement (VPUA) and lead the university's next campaign,

approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2016, to

unprecedented success.

Under the transformational leadership of its first lay

president, Michael Lovell, Ph.D., Marquette is a university that is

on the move. With a student body of more than 11,000, including

8,200 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and professional students,

Marquette's goal is simple: to be recognized among the most

innovative and accomplished Catholic, Jesuit universities in the

world. Big ideas and breakthroughs don't happen by chance-they take

a plan. Beyond

Boundaries, Marquette's strategic plan, empowers Marquette

to think and act differently. It provides an inspirational and

tangible framework for Marquette to embrace new and collaborative

methods of teaching, learning, research and service, all while

enriching and uplifting the well-being of humankind. The plans

outlined in Beyond Boundaries are ambitious if not bold.

Marquette must not only keep pace with the changing landscape of

higher education and the greater marketplace, it must outpace it. A

Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of

paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking

them to think critically about it.

Among the key components of Marquette's ambitious plans include:

A new innovative and pioneering core curriculum; new academic

programs in health care data analytics, data science, and other

areas designed to address urgent societal need; a new residence

hall, currently under construction, that provides a unique student

experience focused on community and wellness; and robust community

engagement opportunities where Marquette students give more than

100,000 hours of community service annually to the larger Milwaukee

community. Furthermore, Marquette has embarked on a

forwarding-looking campus master plan featuring new developments

such as Innovation Alley, bringing together engineering, business,

student and faculty researchers into an integrated facility

including makerspaces to inspire exploration, creativity,

innovation and collaboration; a BioDiscovery District to bring

together top programs in health sciences and biological sciences to

advance discovery; a new Health and Wellness Center to meet student

wellness, recreational, counseling and medical needs; and an

Athletic Performance Research Center (APRC) which will serve as a

premier destination for elite scientists and scholars to foster

breakthroughs in physiological and psychological aspects of human

and health performance.

Never has there been a more exciting time to join Marquette.

President Michael Lovell has fostered a new energy on campus, one

that is reflected in his dynamic senior leadership team. As the

newest member of this team, the VPUA will play a vital role in

achieving Beyond Boundaries and helping to transform the

landscape of Catholic, Jesuit education in the U.S. by leading the

equally bold and ambitious comprehensive campaign currently in the

first year of its silent phase.

As Marquette's chief fundraiser and philanthropic strategist,

the VPUA will focus first and foremost on building exceptional

relationships that will engage trustees, donors, alumni,

corporations and the community in the life of Marquette. These

relationships will ultimately result in significant philanthropic

support to enable Marquette to achieve its ambitions. The VPUA will

also develop strong and collaborative relationships within

Marquette: to inspire and motivate the advancement team of

development and alumni engagement professionals toward higher

levels of achievement; to foster deeper philanthropic engagement

and support from the Board of Trustees, alumni and major donors; to

partner with and contribute to the President's Advisory Team as a

university leader; to work closely with the university's successful

varsity athletic teams, who are members of the Big East Conference

and compete in the NCAA's Division I in all sports; and to engage

the provost, deans and other academic leaders to support

transformational ideas and attract unprecedented levels of

philanthropy. The VPUA's leadership and relationships-in

partnership with the president, trustees, faculty, administration,

academic leaders and staff-will drive the success of Marquette's


The VPUA will be will be a highly-experienced advancement

professional with an exceptional track record of fundraising and

organizational success and leadership within the context of a

campaign in the mid-high nine-figure range. He or she will have

experience partnering effectively with a president and trustees in

creating sophisticated philanthropic gift strategies and closing

transformational gifts in the high seven- to eight-figure range and

above. Likewise, the VPUA will have demonstrated success in leading

a large and highly productive team of development and alumni

engagement professionals in an inspiring and accountable way. He or

she will embrace the mission of a Catholic, Jesuit institution and

demonstrate the ability to fully and wholeheartedly integrate into

the life of the university and local community. The VPUA will have

a proven ability to develop and sustain authentic and deep

relationships on behalf of the university. Higher education

experience is highly preferred. A bachelor's degree is required; a

master's degree is preferred.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest

consideration, applicant materials should be received by

August 1, 2017. Candidates are asked to provide a

resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities

and requirements described in the leadership

profile and the names and contact information of five

references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and

references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and

approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should

be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith,

Ph.D. and Suzanne Teer at .

Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the

office of Eden Stroud at .

Marquette University does not discriminate in any manner

contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender,

age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran's status or

national origin in its educational programs or activities,

including employment and admissions. At the same time, Marquette

cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will

make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals and

mission in order to enhance the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.

Marquette University hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully

authorized for work, and requires all new employees to submit

documents necessary for certification of work eligibility under

Federal Law.

Employment Type: Permanent

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