Vice President for University Advancement



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Job description

Oakland, CA

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Holy Names University in the search for a Vice President for University Advancement.

The Vice President for University Advancement will be responsible for the planning and execution of all programs that engage and solicit philanthropic support from alumni and friends of Holy Names University. The Vice President will oversee and implement a strategic plan to cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from all sources and ensure that the university executes a robust program that will steadily increase the university’s philanthropic support, as it proceeds to implement the university’s five year strategic and business plans. Reporting to the President of the university, the Vice President will serve as a key member of the President’s Cabinet, and work closely with the Board of Trustees in the performance of their duties as well as oversee personnel, policies, and procedures of the Office of University Advancement.

Holy Names University strives to be a leader in innovative experiential learning committed to inclusivity and collaboration and dedicated to a more just and equitable world for everyone. Holy Names University, founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. A rigorous and inclusive intellectual community, HNU is committed to continuous improvement and provides professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university empowers a diverse student body to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ the various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, to pursue leadership opportunities, and to promote the common good.

HNU students can choose from fifteen bachelor’s degree programs, seven master’s degree programs, and four degree-completion programs (for adults). HNU has a total enrollment of 961 which includes 633 undergraduate and 328 graduate students. The student body is 64% female and 36% male and 80% students of color. 34% of current undergraduates are first-generation college students.

Holy Names University is consistently ranked as having one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. About 80% of the university’s students are from under-represented ethnic backgrounds in higher education and its student body represents over 30 nations. Holy Names University is a living lab of how a diverse community can come together, and celebrate similarities and differences. It is a community that reflects where it lives and works. Holy Names’ campus provides a close-knit, supportive environment that allows for rigorous learning and personal development. Students experience close partnerships with distinguished faculty and learn to question, experiment, research, and sharpen professional skills that they will use throughout their lives. Students also have many chances to have fun, volunteer, assume leadership roles, and express their creativity.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Ten years of increasingly responsible and demonstrated experience in professional Advancement is preferred. Management experience is required. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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Holy Names University (HNU) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868 on the shores of Lake Merritt. In 1957, the campus was moved from Lake Merritt to a wooded, sixty-acre site in the Oakland Hills. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, Holy Names offers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world.