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Pace University - Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

New York, NY

Job Description

Since 1906, Pace University has played an essential role in the realization of individual dreams of achievement, a mission that is voiced in the University’s motto: Opportunitas. Now under the leadership of its new president, Marvin Krislov, Pace seeks a Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations to help fuel this multifaceted, powerfully student-centric university.

With approximately 13,000 students on campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, New York, Pace emphasizes teaching from both a practical and theoretical perspective, drawing on the expertise of faculty members who balance academic preparation with professional experience to bring a unique dynamic to the classroom. The result is an education that has a significant and transformational impact on the lives of students. The University’s new vice president, then, will leverage this powerful case for support in building a robust program of development and alumni relations that operates at the level of best practices to enfranchise both Pace’s natural constituencies and philanthropists dedicated to its mission. The University is currently in the nucleus stage of a campaign, which will provide the initial structure and activation energy to focus the work of staff, board, volunteers, and academic and University leadership on structures and programs that will provide success in both the short- and long-term.

The ideal candidate for this vice presidency is a development and alumni relations leader of vision with an intimate understanding of and commitment to best practices in the profession.  Substantial and successful experience with organizational growth and change is particularly sought, as is leadership experience in a campaign of considerable aspiration and complexity. The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will be a successful major and/or principal gift fundraiser who understands and appreciates the entirety of the advancement enterprise, including the importance of a robust alumni relations program. Superior communication and relationship-building skills are, of course, required, and candidates with a history of proactive relationship-building across the faculty and academic leadership of a complex institution will be at a distinct advantage.

For more than 100 years, Pace has been making a difference in the lives of diverse, first generation college students. Its next vice president for development and alumni relations will have the opportunity to play a role in this compelling mission and history. Personal resonance with Pace’s mission and values—and particularly its commitment to first-generation college students—will be advantageous, as will an understanding and familiarity with the philanthropic marketplace in the tristate region.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 30, 2017. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. 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 University’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Mercedes C. Vance of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Laurie Adams at (630) 575-6152.

Pace University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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