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Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Company: St. John Fisher College
Date Posted: July 13, 2015

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY


St. John Fisher College (Fisher) seeks a collegial, strategic, and entrepreneurial Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The successful candidate will work closely with and report to the newly appointed President of the College, Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D., to further create a culture of philanthropy and lead a transformative fundraising effort for Fisher.

St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education. Guided since its inception by the educational philosophy of the Congregation of St. Basil, the College emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines and career-oriented fields. The College is consistently recognized for high-quality academics, excellent value, and community service, and campus community members emphasize acceptance and respect. Fisher welcomes qualified students, faculty, and staff of all religious and cultural backgrounds and offers 35 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs, nine graduate programs, and three doctoral programs.

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will have primary responsibility for fundraising success, advancing a heightened level of engagement for prospects, donors, parents, alumni, and friends. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and will support the Board of Trustees and the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board in guiding philanthropic success for Fisher, in addition to maintaining collaborative partnerships with the Provost, Deans, faculty, alumni, parents, students, friends, and other stakeholders within the Fisher community. The Vice President will have five direct reports and oversight of a professional staff of 12. He or she will work closely with peers across the institution and ensure a cohesive and coordinated approach to advancement initiatives and communications.


The selected candidate will bring visionary fundraising leadership, ideally within a higher education institution, marked by a solid track record of increasing philanthropic support, the purposeful expansion and diversification of philanthropic revenue, extensive campaign and management experience, and success in soliciting significant gifts. The successful candidate will inspire the staff through effective motivation, mentoring, and team building; possess the management acumen to leverage the team members’ existing capacity and strengthen performance; and effectively manage and build the comprehensive operation, while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, shared accountability, and clearly defined goals.


Fisher has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail:


To be fully considered, applications must include: an up-to-date resume and a formal letter of intent (addressed to Gail L. Freeman, President of FPS) that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is desired.