Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving - Adler University in Chicago Illinois

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Adler University

Chicago, Illinois

United States

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Adler University: Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving


Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving is a key role responsible for managing, growing and cultivating a portfolio of major donors and donor prospects, and, provide supervision for three Advancement professionals.  The expected time allocation of duties is 70 – 75% of external, major gifts work and 25 – 30% of internal, operational and staff management functions.

The three direct reports to the Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving include a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Director of Annual Giving, and Director of Alumni Relations. The Associate Vice President will play a key role in helping to optimize the department’s fundraising methods by balancing best practices with a creative outlook to maximize philanthropic growth and operational efficiencies in order to make a lasting impact on how Adler University approaches philanthropy. Experience with capital campaigns is key to this role as Adler University has just launched its first campaign. In the 15 months since launching, 25% of the campaign’s $10M goal has been raised.

Adler University seeks an accomplished and strategic professional with a minimum of seven years of fundraising experience with a recent concentration on managing a portfolio of Major Gift donors and prospects, and experience managing a team of fundraising professionals in a fast-paced culture. She/he will have strong knowledge of fundraising best practices, a creative and enthusiastic viewpoint, and be passionate and committed to Adler University’s mission. She/he will have a strong sense of accountability, take initiative, as well as be adaptable, highly organized, persuasive and detail-oriented, with the ability to build collaborative relationships and foster trust both internally and externally.  This person must be a good listener and equally comfortable and professional when interacting with volunteer leadership, colleagues, faculty, students, alumni and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will exhibit personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.

Specific Requirements Include:

  • Keen interest in Adler University’s mission and values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate narratives that enhance fundraising effectiveness.
  • A minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible fundraising experience, with recent documented success closing 5-6 figure gifts; familiarity with the Chicago philanthropic community preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience managing a staff of fundraising professionals.
  • Successful and progressive background in donor solicitation and stewardship processes with superb skills in motivating, engaging and interacting with Board and other key stakeholders.
  • Best practice knowledge and experience in strategy development, systems and best practices and in the cultivation, solicitation and successful closing of gifts from donors.
  • Proven ability to effectively motivate and manage staff teams, and to build unified, collaborative partnerships in a fast-paced, complex and deadline-driven environment.
  • Exceptional leadership, critical thinking, planning, and organizational skills with the ability to translate strategy into operational plans.
  • Strong ability to maintain attention to day-to-day details and translate them into achievement of organizational and team strategies/goal.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills.
  • Hands-on experience with Raiser’s Edge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with planned giving and capital campaigns desired.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.

This position offers a competitive salary with very competitive benefits. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

To Apply


This search is being managed by Laura Weinman, Senior Consultant and Evette Simon, Vice President of Alford Executive Search, a division of KEES. Questions may be addressed to

To apply, candidates should complete the online application at (scroll to bottom). To assure confidential tracking no resumes will be accepted via email.

Alford Executive Search (, a division of KEES: Kistner Eddy Executive Services, is a retained search firm dedicated to providing recruitment services of exceptional quality and strengthening the not-for-profit community through professional staffing solutions.

Keyword Phrases

  • capital campaigns
  • stewardship process
  • process improvement
  • strategy development
  • Chicago philanthropic community
  • Raiser's Edge
  • manage fundraising professionals
  • CFRE
  • donor solicitation
  • planned giving
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: At least 7 years
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume