Saint Martin’s University seeks a creative, collaborative and innovative, relationship-oriented leader for the position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). The position is a direct report to President Jennifer Bonds-Raacke who assumed office July 1, 2022. The President seeks an energetic and strategic partner in this role. The VPIA is a cabinet position with the responsibility of managing all fundraising endeavors of the University, while developing and maintaining relationships with many stakeholders to further the Saint Martin’s mission. The University is sponsored by the Benedictine Order and embraces the Order’s mission, vision, and values and provides a caring, transformative educational experience with the motto: To Lead with Heart.
Saint Martin’s University, located in Lacey, Washington, is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University’s identity is rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. The University and the Abbey sit on more than 300 acres of peaceful woodlands, meadows, and meandering trails. Saint Martin’s University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year coeducational university, with undergraduate and graduate offerings that seek to serve and promote the common good. The University welcomes students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and more students at its extended campus at the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With an enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 240 graduate students, Saint Martin’s offers 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program, and five certificate programs, spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing, and leadership.
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) provides strategic vision and direction for Saint Martin’s University’s Office of Institutional Advancement and serves as a key member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. The VPIA utilizes industry best practices and entrepreneurial solution-finding to lead and manage all fundraising endeavors on behalf of Saint Martin’s University. The VPIA actively collaborates with the University President, members of the Board of Trustees, the Benedictine monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey, academic deans and other senior administrators to define and implement an overarching advancement strategy, as well as specific engagement, partnership, and fundraising tactics. In accomplishing these goals, the VPIA develops and maintains relationships with alumni, parents, corporate and foundation partners, government leaders, and other donors and friends of the University—both prospective and current. The VPIA works collaboratively with a variety of internal and external constituencies to further the mission of the University.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Successful and progressive professional and leadership experience suitable for appointment at the vice-presidential level.
- Professional knowledge in the areas of capital and comprehensive campaigns, planned giving, major giving, corporate and foundation relations, preferably in a higher education, healthcare, or non-profit setting.
- Executive presence and professional range to represent the University President.
- Success in building relationships and establishing partnerships with individual donors and institutional funders.
- Expertise in supervising staff, motivating teams, and building advancement infrastructure.
- Successful leadership roles in campaigns, from initial planning through conclusion.
- Established track record of driving increased alumni and parent engagement with the University.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of responsibilities, is available at the link above.
How to Apply
Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Monday, October 31, 2022, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org. Further information about Saint Martin’s University is available at https://www.stmartin.edu/.
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