• Full Time
  • New York, NY
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Website Fordham University

Assistant Vice President, Development and University Relations

Dev Investment Fund Initiative, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents 
A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.  
University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

Hybrid Policy:       

Please review the Hybrid Policy here.



Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) provides leadership and strategic direction to development teams responsible for raising funds for Fordham University’s important strategic priorities.


The AVP develops annual and multiyear strategic plans, monitors progress towards specific goals, and adjusts plans or tactics to ensure goals are met.


Occasional travel, evening and weekend work is required. This position is eligible for hybrid work arrangements.


Essential Functions        

Provides strategic oversight, leadership, and coaching in developing fundraising business plans and standards to achieve fundraising goals.
Supervises managers responsible for the following areas: the Fordham Fund (annual giving), Leadership Annual Giving, Parent and Family Giving, Gift Planning, Major Gifts, and Advancement Research.
Develops strategic business plans, staffing plans, prospect assignments, and budgets to ensure fulfillment of university fundraising goals.
Promotes best fundraising practices and collaboration at every level.
Reviews and analyzes the ongoing effectiveness of fundraising programs and staff.
Personally cultivates and solicits assigned prospects.
Counsels the Vice President, and university leadership on principal gift solicitations.

Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Management Responsibilities  

Provides strategic leadership and supervises others who supervise. Responsible for hiring, training, developing, managing performance, administering corrective action, makes compensation decisions and for managing strategic views at a high level.


Additional Functions      

Serves as a member of DAUR’s Senior Management Team.

Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Baccalaureate degree in liberal arts, business or related field.
Ten+ years of experience managing fundraising teams.
Demonstrated experience meeting annual and capital campaign goals, successfully soliciting gifts of $1 million or more.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Demonstrated understanding of and alignment with and commitment to Fordham’s mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University and DAUR’s core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Capacity to address unexpected challenges and adapt to change, persistence to achieve goals.
Ability to listen to and effectively communicate with donors, leadership, colleagues, and other constituents. Emotional intelligence to successfully build and maintain positive relationships with others.
Demonstrated competency in using standard office software, CRM, and fundraising applications commonly found in higher education and non-profit organizations.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience in research university development.

Minimum Starting Salary: $220,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $275,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.


FLSA: Exempt




APPLY HERE: https://careers.fordham.edu/postings/6990



Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories