Vice President for Advancement

The Opportunity

Holy Family University is seeking a dynamic and personable Vice President for Advancement to provide a strategic voice and coordinated approach to the creation, articulation, and implementation of the University's institutional advancement, development, and alumni relations goals and objectives.  The Vice President works with all University constituencies and advisory boards as well as a broad array of external stakeholders to achieve goals of the strategic advancement plan. Also serves as chief advisor to the President and Board of Trustees on matters related to institutional advancement, including a comprehensive fundraising program, donor relations, alumni relations, communications to alumni, donors and prospects, donor engagement and fundraising events. 

The Vice President must demonstrate an interpersonal and collaborative demeanor as well as exercise executive leadership, strategic direction, and management oversight in conceiving, planning, implementing, realizing, and evaluating the University's short and long-term philanthropic initiatives. Accordingly, this role is responsible for all advancement activities including, but not limited to, fundraising, Board development, planned giving, and alumni services, special events, and associated marketing and public relations in collaboration with the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. As the University's chief development officer, the Vice President personally maintains a portfolio of donors and provides leadership to ensure ongoing identification, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. The Vice President sets clear, ambitious goals and inspires the staff to meet and exceed expectations.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate possesses a Master’s Degree in related field; three (3) or more years of leading and supervising employees required and a minimum of seven (7) years of successful development and fundraising experience through annual appeals, planned giving, events management and corporate giving; higher education and/or foundation experience desirable. Certified Fund Raising Executive certification or progress toward certification preferred.

About Holy Family University

Holy Family University is a private Catholic institution located in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1954, the University’s mission is informed by its core values of family, respect, integrity, service and responsibility, learning, and vision. The University embraces diversity and inclusion, ensuring a welcoming, affordable, safe, and accessible learning community for all.

The University is composed of four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences. Nestled in the heart of a historic residential neighborhood in the Northeast, the University is just minutes from the excitement of Center City.  In addition, Holy Family has two campuses located in Newtown, Bucks County.

The University’s endowment in 2020 was approximately $21 million. The University has recently been awarded significant federal, state and local grants to advance strategic initiatives and enhance learning and development of students, faculty and staff. 

The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated degree programs, and takes an entrepreneurial approach to growing academic programs and enrollment, and maintaining a strong balance sheet.  Today, the University enrolls about 3100 students – approximately 67% undergraduate, 23% graduate, and 10% doctoral. Approximately 35.5% of the overall student body identify as racial/ethnic minorities, and approximately 37.3% of the student body are first-generation college students. As Holy Family University has grown, the unwavering commitment to its mission will continue to guide Holy Family University into the future.

With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, student learning, inclusivity, and success are top priorities.  Students may choose from 77 undergraduate academic program concentrations, eight master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees (Ed.D., Psy.D., and DNP).    

Key Accolades

  • Ranked a Top 10 by UniversityHQ for the Best Bachelor’s Degree in Pennsylvania
  • Money Magazine named “Best College” five years in a row
  • Washington Monthly named Holy Family among a Top 20 “Best Bang for the Buck” 
  • 100% of students across all majors take part in internships prior to graduation

The University respects individuality, values personal dignity, fosters civility and mutual respect, and models the core values.

Expression of Interest

Holy Family University invites qualified candidates interested in this exciting opportunity to  submit a resume and a cover letter detailing experience and competencies as it relates to the open position, including desired salary, to VPASearch@holyfamily.edu.  Resumes will be reviewed and considered immediately and until the position is filled.