Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Part Time




United States


Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Regis College is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and entrepreneurial leader to be the next Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the President and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the VPIA will strengthen a growing culture of philanthropy, insist on best practice, bring strong leadership and management, and lead by example. Just as Regis strives to do as an institution, the VPIA will boldly empower the next generation of donors to change lives
and be a force for good in the world.

About Regis

Regis College is a leading Catholic coed university located in Weston, Massachusetts just 12 miles from Boston. With a classic New England campus and a close-knit and welcoming community, Regis is a mighty force as a small college - delivering far beyond expectation.

Regis is dedicated to creating leaders who solve complex problems around the world. It is focused on making higher education accessible and affordable to ambitious young women and men. Through a variety of targeted program, the university serves students in Lawrence and throughout the Merrimack Valley at Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Mass. Working in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC), the campus offers nursing, public health, sports management and health sciences bachelor's degree completion programs. In addition, Regis offers financial support through the President's Scholarship program offered to young men and women from Boston's catholic schools.

Currently, there are almost 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students; the graduate population is expected to grow dramatically due to new programs and its online education. Regis offers degrees through four schools: The School of Business and Communication opened in Fall 2017; the renowned School of Nursing, The School of Health Sciences; and The School of Arts and Sciences. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis includes an NIH-funded research facility. The University was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing, for the third time.

In July 2011, Dr. Antoinette Hays was appointed the tenth president of Regis. President Hays is a prominent voice in global health policy, an expert in gerontology, and a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary education in healthcare and the arts and sciences. In the 20-plus years leading up to her appointment as president, Dr. Hays was a leading member of the Regis faculty, and was Dean of the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions. Under Dr. Hays' direction, Regis has undergone a profound transformation to a coed university with aspirations of becoming an institution of national preeminence in health care education.

About Philanthropy at Regis College

Regis is at an exciting point in its history. Its nearly-complete $40 million Now We Fly campaign, Regis has made great enhancements to the quality of the campus and academic offerings. The campaign is at $33.5M and in its final year. In addition to raising much-need dollars, the campaign is strengthening a culture of giving among its broad community of alumni, Boston philanthropic leaders, and a large circle of friends. The Board and staff leadership have strongly committed to participating in, investing in, and encouraging a strong program of institutional advancement.

Now We Fly supports physical upgrades like a new residence hall, a teaching and learning center, and a transformed inner quad that unifies the campus and embraces the community. It also supports scholarships that makes education more accessible and affordable, endows key faculty positions and secured a named gift opportunity for the Richard and Sheila Young School of Nursing. Through the $5 million Fung Scholars program, Regis joins a prestigious group of 30 partner universities worldwide that have distinguished Fung Scholars, including five in the US: Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, MIT, and Princeton.

Of great importance is the progress that the campaign has achieved in building the Regis Fund, the annual giving program of the school. The Regis Fund enjoys much stronger support from members of the Board of Trustees, has grown the number of leadership donors, and has a signature Let it Shine gala that generates $1M annually for operating support and financial aid. Over the last seven years, Regis has moved from raising a little less than $1M to averaging $6M to $8M annually.

As the campaign completes, Regis is focused on raising $4.5 million to complete its outdoor athletics complex. While this initiative is important for its physical significance, it is also important as a strategy for college persistence and strengthening academic performance.

Regis's success in the campaign has contributed immeasurably to its stability when many small colleges have been challenged to survive. Progress is a testament to the power of its alumni and the strength of its leadership, all in the spirit of Thy dear Neighbor - a guiding principle of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph.

About the Position

Regis College has had strong support through its campaign. It has given considerable attention to building its alumni engagement and donor relations, communications, corporate and foundation relations and operations programs. So much has been achieved; and there is also much more to do. The culture of philanthropy that has been established now needs depth and sustainability. There is tremendous opportunity to build alumni participation through creative and high impact strategies. Instilling best practices and driving to a high performing shop are high among institutional goals. The Board and the President have taken their philanthropy and engagement responsibilities seriously and are willing to do much more to nurture these functions among themselves and the broader community.

Regis seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement who can take a good program to great, who will thrive on the values of this great college and use them to inspire the community in every sense of the word. The successful Vice President candidate will see endless opportunity, be willing to to dig in and do the work – leading by example and will expect ever greater achievement. S/he will be ambitious, exhibit collegiality and collaboration, break with convention where appropriate to push boundaries and try new things, and have a strong commitment to accountability and meeting goals.

This is a great opportunity for a builder, a believer in the power of first generation education, and someone who sees potential at every turn. The President and the Board lead this way, and they will expect the same from their IA partner.

The Vice President will oversee a team of 14, plus work study positions. The team units include: Regis Fund, Major Gifts/Development, Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Advancement Communications, and Advancement Services. Regis has invested significantly in the size and composition of the team and intends to continue doing so as ROI is demonstrated, and opportunity can be substantiated. Stewardship and Planned Giving are two areas identified for near-term investment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Foster best practices and provide accountable leadership across the IA department and within all programming
  • Develop and implement overall fundraising strategies and programs
  • Encourage team building and a healthy operating culture within the IA team
  • Manage a portfolio of individual major donors, deliver important support and serving as a role model for staff and volunteers
  • Work closely with the IA Committee, Campaign Cabinet, President, and members of the Administrative Council, to set fundraising priorities
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Board Institutional Advancement and Governance Committees
  • Collaborate with other members of the President's Cabinet in the overall management of the College and the integration of the development, parent and alumni programs with the needs and opportunities of other areas of the College
  • Ensure that fundraising messaging and materials with key constituencies is consistent and aligned with institutional goals and fundraising priorities
  • Assess staffing needs within the Advancement areas, develop skillsets as needed and appropriate; and delivering an appropriate Return on Investment
  • Engagement with private foundations and corporations as relationships warrant and present themselves (particularly for Gala sponsorship and through Trustee and alumni connections)
  • Build on the Now We Fly campaign as the college looks to its next strategic and master plans
  • Continuing the record of a growing Regis Fund, including programs for driving participation

    Key Qualifications
    The best candidates will have experience:
  • Totaling 10+ years in leadership roles with increasing responsibility
  • Totaling 7+ years of effective management
  • Fundraising for a program raising $10M+/year
  • Successfully cultivating and solicitating at the 6-7 figure gift level from individuals
  • Fundraising for higher education or academic medical institutions; entrepreneurial or social justice organizations are of relevance as well
  • Designing a significant portion of a campaign and contributing heavily to its success
  • Developing strategy, designing and executing plans, motivating staff and meeting goals
  • Leading strong staff retention and professional development
  • Partnering successfully with institutional Presidents and Boards
  • Building collaborative partnering and programming between alumni relations and development
    Of additional value:
  • Appreciation for catholic values
  • Creativity of ideas and initiatives that delivered results, particularly with young alumni and focused on participation
  • Ability to positively interact with a diverse population and uphold inclusive excellence
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, and the capability to effectively represent Regis to internal and external audiences
  • Integrity, humor, and self-reflection

    Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

    Victoria Jones
    Executive Vice President, Fundraising Practice Leader
    Development Guild DDI

    For more information about Regis College, please visit

    At Regis College, all qualified candidates receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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