Senior Vice President for Advancement – DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

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DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university, providing an education rooted in the Vincentian tradition, seeks a senior vice president for advancement to build upon a tremendous foundation of success. Under the leadership of the university’s president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul continues to thrive and to advance its reputation, taking its place among the most exceptional urban universities in the United States with an unwavering commitment to student learning and success.

The new senior vice president will succeed Mary Finger, Ed.D. who is departing after serving the university for nine successful years to become president of Seton Hill University. The university has experienced a dramatic expansion of fund raising results, alumni and donor communications, and alumni outreach programming at DePaul during the period of her leadership.

Reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of his cabinet, the senior vice president will be a critical player on the senior management team and will have the opportunity to make a direct, personal impact on DePaul’s future. The senior vice president will join DePaul at an ideal time. The university will complete its ambitious Many Dreams, One Mission campaign in June 2014, having exceeded its fund raising goal of $300 million. The momentum for philanthropy is strong, a culture of philanthropy has emerged and is taking hold, and there remain many untapped prospects with capacity.

Partnering closely with the president, board members, senior administration, deans, faculty, and staff, the senior vice president will create a strategic vision and plan for the next phase of advancement, capturing the current energy and support for the division and continuing to build a culture of philanthropy. The senior vice president will provide leadership for a dedicated and cohesive unit of 106 staff and engage them in the shared goals of advancement and the university as a whole.

The senior vice president will be a strong collaborator who will foster partnerships across the university and identify, engage, and cultivate future and current donors in support of university-wide advancement efforts. The senior vice president will both support Fr. Holtschneider as the university’s principal spokesperson and fund raiser and have the ability to work directly with prospects to secure their support. The successful candidate will be an experienced development professional with a record of success leading an effective organization, planning and executing a major campaign, raising major and principal gifts, managing staff, and building programs. Above all, he or she will be a strong university citizen and a person of unquestionable integrity with a deep commitment to DePaul’s mission, the ideals of Catholic higher education, and the best traditions of the advancement profession. A bachelor’s degree is required with an advanced degree preferred. Experience in a comparably complex setting is preferred.

Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian) religious community, DePaul University has become the nation’s largest Catholic institution of higher education and one of the largest private universities in the nation. As a Vincentian and Catholic university, DePaul is committed to providing higher education of superior quality especially to those segments of our society that have not previously had access to higher education: first-generation college students, immigrants, the poor, and other underserved groups.

DePaul is a Carnegie doctoral/research institution serving approximately 25,000 full- and part-time students. With one campus in the heart of Chicago’s business district, another in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and three in surrounding suburbs, its location in a world-class city affords many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. About 65 percent of DePaul’s 160,000 living alumni reside in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the alumni body is increasingly becoming a loyal, engaged, and committed community.

Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by June 1, 2014. Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that address the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership statement, available at These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to DePaul University’s consultants, Dennis Barden and Amy Crutchfield, at [email protected] Documents that must be mailed may be sent to:

DePaul University
c/o Dennis Barden/Amy Crutchfield
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523

The consultants can be reached by telephone at 630 990 1370.

DePaul University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. (0)

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