Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Widely recognized for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has educated thousands of sons and daughters of Michigan, the nation, and the world. Today, EMU provides nearly 22,000 students with the programs and services they need for optimal success. Eastern Michigan's exceptional faculty, students and alumni include CEOs from major businesses; a National Student Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year, numerous Fulbright Scholars and Milken Family Foundation National Educators award winners; and several Michigan Teachers of the Year. A new University President brings a renewed focus on philanthropy and closed fiscal year 2016 with its highest giving year to date, with a total of $11.6 million.

The Opportunity

As the chief advancement officer for EMU, the Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation will provide strategic leadership in development and alumni relations and define a culture of philanthropy that engages over 165,000 alumni worldwide, as well as the faculty, employees, and the community. In addition to strengthening alliances with current major donors, the Vice President will launch an initiative to identify and target additional individuals capable of making major gifts and s/he must develop and launch a major capital campaign. The selected candidate will lead the establishment and implementation of development priorities; utilize and engage the Foundation and Alumni Boards; and actively participate in the President’s senior leadership team. A Bachelor’s degree is required with an advanced degree preferred; experience with major and principal gifts and capital campaigns is required. The selected candidate will possess a proven track record of success in a supervisory role as well as a deep appreciation for EMU’s history, mission and aspirations.Additional details about this exciting opportunity can be found here.