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Executive Director of Advancement Talent and

Special Advisor to the Vice President

Development Office, 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:       

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Operations and Advancement Services with a dotted line to the Vice President for Development and University Relations, the Executive Director of Advancement Talent and Special Advisor to the Vice President is responsible for the strategic implementation of Advancement’s mission and guiding principles on talent management.


This position is a key contributor to enabling DAUR’s organizational performance and effectiveness and collaborates with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement programs and practices that drive a culture of accountability, excellence, continuous professional development, and improvement. This position also ensures a positive work environment by championing organizational core values. In addition, this position provides executive, strategic leadership and guidance to the Advancement Services and Advancement Technologies and Business Analytics Teams.


This position is responsible for the direct management and coordination of an advancement talent specialist and two executive directors.


Essential Functions        

Talent Management (50%)

Leads the development and implementation of new or enhancement to existing talent management programs: employee onboarding program, quarterly and all-day staff retreats, managers’ forums, and other programs; establishes the talent strategy and talent goals for
DAUR, in alignment with business objectives.
In collaboration with the Senior Executive Director of Operations and Advancement Services, conducts employee job satisfaction surveys; considers new ways to boost employee retention with rewards and recognition; cultivates an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion; and promotes teamwork and mutual collaboration.
Communicates talent management policies and new initiatives, including ensuring that the promotion and title change guidelines are widely understood.
Maintains and updates the DAUR website.
Assesses the organization’s professional development needs across all levels, along with leadership; determines and prioritizes mission-critical skills and competencies.
Empowers DAUR staff to self-navigate their own successful career journeys through a combination of on-the-job opportunities, relationships with internal mentors at all levels, and through on-demand and curated digital learning offerings; creates a system to track and aggregate employee training and shares data on learning participation with leadership.
Conducts the talent review process; advances a consistent process for succession planning, including identifying successors for critical roles and collaborating with managers to build customized development plans.
Enhances performance management for personal and professional growth.
Delivers presentations and training as needed.

Business Analytics (50%)

Oversees the development and implementation of a proactive strategy to ensure that: DAUR maintains robust internal controls relating to the recording of financial transactions via CRM Advance and other ancillary systems; donor demographic, giving, and contact information (including management of email unsubscribes) is complete and accurate; DAUR’s reporting and business intelligence needs are met; and that gifts are received, processed, recorded and transmitted to the appropriate financial accounts accurately and in a timely fashion.
Coordinates oversight and monitoring of DAUR systems to ensure security and system uptime, maintaining positive relationship with IT consulting team; manages staff charged with training and end user support; ensures the continuous growth and enhancements of data reports for donors and DAUR.
Maintains a productive partnership with the Controller’s Office to ensure compliance with internal and external audit procedures and protocols.

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.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, liberal arts or related field.
Minimum of seven years’ experience supporting organization-wide talent management and business analytics programs in higher education.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

Familiarity with CRM systems and practices.
Strategic thinking capabilities, creativity, sound judgment; the ability to design/implement new processes.
Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and deadlines.
Strong analytical skills necessary to interpret financial information and manage data.
Exceptional interpersonal skills: successful mentorship of people with the ability to impact, influence, and drive action and accountability.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external constituencies, including peers and superiors.
Interest in fundraising, higher education, and Jesuit/Catholic mission.
Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications 

Minimum of seven years’ experience supporting organization-wide talent management and business analytics programs in higher education, preferably in a large and complex advancement operation.

Minimum Starting Salary: $150,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $175,000


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


FLSA: Exempt







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

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