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Position title: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Closing date: Open until filled

Position summary

Saint Martin’s University seeks an experienced and proven leader for the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA). The VPIA reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The position provides leadership for all advancement programs, including alumni and donor cultivation, and development initiatives.

As the University implements its strategic plan and develops future goals, it seeks a proven advancement officer with a record of successful fundraising. This key leadership position provides vision, strategic direction, and effective management for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Strategic vision and entrepreneurial attention to advancing the University through development initiatives are essential attributes for success as VPIA.(See job description)

Institutional profile

Saint Martin’s University is a Roman Catholic coeducational university, one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and it remains the only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains.

The Saint Martin’s community is shaped by its Benedictine heritage that is characterized by community, stewardship, hospitality, stability, listening, and love of learning. True to its Catholic faith and Benedictine heritage, Saint Martin’s seeks to foster a community of faith, reverence for the dignity of all life, dedication to peace and justice, and devotion to service. Reflecting the Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the University welcomes and, indeed, seeks students not only from the Pacific Northwest, but also from other parts of the nation and the world at its main and extension campuses. Saint Martin’s treasures persons of all ages, religions, and nationalities as it encourages cognizance of diverse viewpoints and an appreciation of all cultures.

The beauty of the 300-acre campus reflects the rich academic and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest. Saint Martin’s Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks, is centrally located on campus. The monastic community provides firm spiritual ground for many students and alumni as they progress through a turbulent contemporary society.

Qualifications and leadership characteristics

Saint Martin’s seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement with proven development experience to build a strong advancement infrastructure with a culture of high achievement and accountability. The successful candidate should have experience in: strengthening comprehensive advancement programs; planning and managing comprehensive fundraising campaigns: working with major donors; expanding the donor base; extending outreach to alumni, parents, students, and friends; and strengthening communication so that the University’s constituents and the public understand and embrace Saint Martin’s mission, values, and achievements. A member of the President’s cabinet, the VPIA also works collaboratively with other members of the leadership team, particularly the President and vice president for marketing and communications, to ensure that the University effectively builds productive relationships with the key constituents who can sustain its strengths and extend its impact as a premier University focused on developing the mind and body, heart and spirit, of its students.

Qualifications include:

  • Baccalaureate degree (Masters preferred).
  • Prefer a minimum of 8-10 years' experience in institutional fundraising, including prior supervisory experience, preferable in an educational setting, but not required.
  • Professional success in areas of capital campaigns, planned giving, major donor development and corporate and foundation relations or related areas both regionally and nationally.
  • Success in building relationships with overseas donors and potential donors.
  • Experience managing and leading major campaigns/projects, managing and forging relationships.
  • Experience supervising staff and building successful teams.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.

The process for candidacy

Applications may be submitted electronically (via e-mail attachment in MS Word or PDF) in confidence. To apply, candidates should submit the following:

  • A letter of interest addressing how their experience and background align with the responsibilities of the position. Include names, phone numbers and email addresses of four references and their relationship to each reference. References will be called at a later stage and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge.
  • A current resume (it should show relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments.)
  • Copies of transcripts indicating degree confirmation. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate.
  • If you are contacted for an interview, we also will require your authorization to order a background check before any employment offer can be finalized. Please print the background check authorization form and bring it with you to the interview.

By University policy and search committee affirmation, all information from and about candidates will be kept in strict confidence in perpetuity. Questions, inquiries as well as application materials may be directed to:

Cynthia Johnson, PHR
Associate Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson, PHR
Associate Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.