Vice President of Institutional Advancement

The University of Saint Francis, a liberal arts institution seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). Reporting to the new President, Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer, the VPIA will provide overall leadership for the university's fundraising and development programs including major gift fundraising, annual gift fundraising, corporate/foundation gifts, planned giving, prospect research, advancement and alumni relations and development services.  The Vice President works closely with the President, Board of Trustees and donors at all levels to develop both long-term and immediate strategies and programs for the engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents in all matters pertaining to the advancement and philanthropic support of the University of Saint Francis.  

The successful candidate will: have a Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of management and fundraising experience, including experience in higher education;  be dedicated to the ministry of Catholic education, a strong preference will be given to a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church; demonstrate honesty and loyalty to the University and will be supportive of its mission and religious affiliation; be a strategic thinker who is results-oriented and have the ability to function as a member of the senior administration. 

Founded by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1890, the University has been formed and guided by its Catholic mission and Franciscan values. Enrolling more than 2,200 students in over 75 programs, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service. Located on a 100-acre main campus in Fort Wayne, IN the University has additional locations in downtown Fort Wayne and Crown Point, Indiana.

The University of Saint Francis is being assisted by Hyatt~Fennell. Submit nominations and application materials to Cheryl Hyatt at Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until a candidate has been selected. Applications include a letter of interest, a current resumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references, in separate documents. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.


Cheryl Hyatt


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PO Box 214
Conway, PA 15027

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