Vice President, University Advancement

Carlow University

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Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow University is a Catholic, master’s comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts with strong professional programs, committed to engaging its diverse community in a process of lifelong learning, scholarship, research, and service.

The University offers more than 40 undergraduate and 50 graduate and certificate programs. Degrees are offered at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Academic degree programs are housed within two colleges: The College of Health and Wellness and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Carlow University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is proud to be a College of Distinction, a Catholic College of Distinction, and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.  Carlow is regionally ranked by US News & World Report. The University is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA) and is a member of the NAIA’s River States Conference.

Carlow University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is situated in the vibrant Oakland neighborhood — the “Eds, Meds, and Tech” heart of the city. Consistently voted one of America’s most livable cities, Pittsburgh is home to Uber, Intel, and Apple offices and offers multiple educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. The Atlantic has called it “a haven for edgy, innovative startups that share the city’s tech oxygen with internationally known tech companies, such as Google and Disney Research.”

The Position

The Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) at Carlow University serves as the Chief Advancement Officer and demonstrates and reflects an understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of Carlow University, a Catholic University sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.  The VPUA is responsible directly for designing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive institutional advancement program.  The advancement functions at Carlow include responsibilities for the annual fund, corporate and foundations relations, major gifts, gift planning, endowment and campaign initiatives, alumni engagement, stewardship and advancement services.

The VPUA reports to the President and serves on the President’s senior leadership team. The VPUA works closely with the President, Development and Alumni Engagement Committee of the Board of Trustees, alumni governance, and other senior campus leaders to provide appropriate direction and distinctive leadership for all institutional advancement responsibilities.

We seek and innovative and energetic leader with the following qualifications:

A Master’s degree and a minimum of eight years of progressive experience and leadership in university advancement is requisite.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Vice President for University Advancement must be a visionary and strategic thinker; a highly efficient, effective, competitive, and results-oriented individual with strong business and marketing acumen, proven ability to lead, and knowledge of best practices and current trends in the advancement fields. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of personally cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding major and planned gifts at leadership levels. The ideal candidate also will demonstrate excellent communication skills, outstanding integrity, effective leadership and team building skills.

Most importantly, the new VPUA must lead a division of experienced, successful, and energetic colleagues with a management style that inspires confidence, encourages teamwork, and empowers staff through active, transparent communication and mentorship, individual and collective training and staff development, and ensures accountability through clearly defined collaborative and measurable goals.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications begins when received.  The position is open and available July 1, 2021. Confidential inquiries may be directed to Amber Tepper at:

Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University’s resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.

Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community.

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