CUNY Vice President for Institutional Advancement - Macaulay Honors College in New York, New York


Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York is a highly selective college where New York’s most promising students receive the financial and academic support to realize their leadership potential. Since its founding in 2001, Macaulay Honors College has grown to a thriving community of over 2,000 high-achieving scholars and 3,000 alumni.

Macaulay plays an important role in raising academic quality throughout CUNY, and serves its educational mission by working in partnership with CUNY consortia campuses. Students enroll as undergraduates in one of eight CUNY colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Queens, Lehman and College of Staten Island) and receive a joint degree from their home campus and Macaulay.

Macaulay Honors College seeks an experienced fundraising executive to lead the expansion of philanthropic revenue for Macaulay Honors College. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is an integral member of the senior management team, reporting directly to the Dean of the College. The successful candidate, as chief development officer, is responsible for providing the strategic leadership to the College’s development efforts to increase support for its students, programs, endowment and capital needs.

The Vice President will oversee five staff members, collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team and work directly with the Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board of Directors and staff key Board committees.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Leads and implements a strategic and ambitious fundraising effort, formulating strategies to create new opportunities for fundraising, planned giving, foundation and corporate sponsorships, grants development, alumni affairs and parent giving to secure funding for Macaulay; collaborates with the Office of the Chancellor, the Dean of the CUNY Campaign, and the Dean of Macaulay Honors College;

  • Works closely with the Dean, Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board, faculty, staff, alumni and students to gain an understanding of the College’s priorities and engages with all in the development plans and activities to secure financial support for the College’s mission and strategic priorities;

  • Works with the Dean and the Foundation on board identification, recruitment, orientation and engagement efforts;

  • Serves as the chief liaison to CUNY on all fundraising strategies and efforts;

  • In collaboration with the Dean, sets goals and priorities for College programs, including feasibility studies and proposals for programs that enhance the reputation of the College and the social and academic lives of its students;

  • Leads and grows the Development Department, manages and motivates staff, encourages their professional development, establishes processes and metrics to ensure maximum effectiveness; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Significant track record of increasing philanthropic support, including the purposeful, creative diversification of philanthropic revenue sources.

  • Success in closing transformational (six and seven figure) gifts as well as managing the design and execution of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.

  • Expertise in comprehensive advancement operations: leadership and major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, annual giving, events, campaigns, e-philanthropy, operations, research, development communications, and alumni relations.

  • Experience with NYC government, business and philanthropic leaders.

  • Desire to work with a dynamic and engaged fundraising board to strategize, collaborate and maximize opportunities.

  • Ability to utilize technology and analytics.

  • Ability to motivate and inspire staff and keep them engaged, energized and focused on the planning process and execution of successful fundraising efforts and campaigns.

  • Ability to work efficiently with current and prospective board members, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students, volunteers, friends, community members, donors, and prospects.

  • Professional credibility, intellectual depth, maturity and wisdom to garner the trust and confidence of the Dean, academic leaders and staff, faculty, board members, alumni, volunteers and members of the Macaulay community.

  • High energy, self-motivation and entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to work well under pressure to complete projects. Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

  • A leadership style that is open and fluid and empowers staff through active communication and delegation.

  • Advanced degree.

  • Eight years of senior level fundraising experience in a not-for-profit organization with demonstrated success directing a development team.

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.


Vice President


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on October 25, 2016


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


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Location: Graduate Center

Job Title: Vice President for Institutional Advancement - Macaulay Honors College

Job ID: 15643

Regular/Temporary: Regular