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Seeking a Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations (VPDAR)

Open Position Announcement:

The Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations (VPDAR) will direct the several aspects of advancement including development, alumni affairs, public relations, and communications.  The individual will work closely with the NYMC VP for Governmental Affairs. As a senior officer of the university the incumbent will report to the Chancellor & CEO and be a member of university’s executive team.  The VPDAR will not only lead and implement the fund raising effort but help define the overall strategic direction of NYMC’s philanthropic enterprise and build and manage the required infrastructure and operations.

The VPDAR will play an important role in aligning the work of the advancement department with the various education and research departments, faculty, programs and facilities of NYMC in order to maximize the achievement of the philanthropic goals of NYMC.  This individual also oversees the relationship between the university and its’ alumni.  This responsibility includes coordination and planning of alumni events, management of the alumni office staff, as well as support for the school’s Alumni Association.  The communication and public relations responsibility are to oversee the planning and execution of programs—within the framework of the Touro College and University System—that increase understanding, acceptance and support for the university among all of NYMC’s constituencies.  This is accomplished by communicating information and advancing a positive image through media relations, internal and external publications, and web development.

The following lists focus on the VPDAR but are indicative of the work expected of the incoming development/alumni affairs team.

Duties and Responsibilities, VPDAR

  1. Advise the Chancellor and CEO on all issues pertaining to development, alumni affairs, communications, and public relations.



  1. Plan, develop and implement an aggressive, creative fundraising program to solicit and acquire funds for the institution, including annual, planned, and major gift programs and specialized promotional or capital campaigns.
  2. Implement strategies to increase major gifts, unrestricted giving, endowments, foundation support, annual giving and scholarship support. 
  3. Construct an individual giving program that strengthens relationships with existing annual donors and strategically increases the base of support from individuals over time.
  4. Assist the Chancellor/CEO in building and nurturing long-term relationships that yield significant major gifts and endowments.  Work with the board of directors and other volunteer leaders, committees or boards to maximize their interests, time and abilities to further the fundraising effort. Coordinate and participate in the personal contact, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  5. Facilitate efforts to increase funding and all other forms of institutional support from corporations, public and private foundations and from federal and state governmental agencies.
  6. Collaborate collegially with Touro’s Vice President of Institutional Development to:
    1. Plan prospecting, outreach, and relationship-development in communities where there is overlap in development efforts
    2. Coordinate event scheduling
    3. Participate in monthly Touro-wide development calls and an annual offsite
  7. Collaborate with Touro’s and NYMC’s governmental relations liaisons to promote NYMC’s advancement objectives
  8. Direct programs that recruit, train and steward the involvement of volunteers in efforts that support fund raising and alumni relations.
  9. Direct comprehensive and efficient systems to manage all donor engagement including accounting and acknowledgement process for all gifts, database management, planning, recordkeeping, and reporting.


Alumni Affairs

  1. Direct the Alumni Office and staff and oversee support for the Alumni Association and its activities.



  1. Direct the university’s public information, and community relations programs.
  2. Work effectively with alumni, senior leadership, employees, friends and students in delivering high quality and effective marketing, branding, communications and public relations.
  3. Participate in the planning, production and content of all major university publications, including the university’s Annual Report, the Donor Report, Chironian, and the In-Touch newsletter.



  1. Hire, lead, inspire and direct staff in each area of responsibility by promoting direction and leadership on a day-to-day basis.  Provide ongoing supervision, coaching, training and mentoring to individual team members.  
  2. Build and foster a success-oriented, accountable, high-morale and positive environment that promotes teamwork and professional growth.
  3. Develop and employ performance measurement systems to evaluate and monitor individual and team performance toward goals. 
  4. Collect and report to the Chancellor/CEO outcome metrics.
  5. Develop and manage the department budget
  6. Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chancellor/CEO


General Qualifications

The candidate must have an advanced degree and evidence of increasing responsibility in the areas of fundraising, alumni affairs and public relations. Additional experience is preferred in building and leading all aspects of a comprehensive advancement operation, and the management of professional fund-raising staff, campaign leaders, volunteers and the direct solicitation of major donors.

Professional Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated results in executing major, capital and/or comprehensive campaigns with successful record of soliciting major gifts; strong understanding of donor research, identification, cultivation and solicitation, and stewardship/moves management.
  2. Proven track record in the execution of fundraising strategic plans, setting and meeting goals and management of comprehensive fundraising programs including major gift development, capital campaigns, event planning, grant writing, prospect research, planned giving and donor acknowledgment, stewardship and staff supervision.
  3. Professional working knowledge of university advancement, alumni affairs, fundraising and external relations, marketing strategies, communications, and the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.
  4. Strong acumen in leading, managing, mentoring, motivating and supervising a talented and diverse professional staff of direct and indirect reports.
  5. Excellent analytical and organizational skills; strong attention to details and the ability to balance a variety of tasks and deadlines.
  6. Ability to work with volunteer boards and committees
  7. Knowledge of desktop publishing, web development, and fund raising- database software


Personal Qualifications

  1. Strong leadership ability and style necessary to develop, manage and inspire a talented and diverse professional staff.
  2. Openness, flexibility and decisiveness to lead and inspire internal and external constituencies.
  3. An excellent communicator who speaks and writes with clarity.
  4. Ability to interact effectively with physicians, researchers, and donors.
  5. A flexible and creative thinker able to find and create new giving opportunities for programs.
  6. An independent, strategic thinker with good judgment, sensitivity and common sense.
  7. Self-motivated, outgoing and results oriented; ability and desire to set and reach ambitious goals.
  8. Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to project professional competence, leadership capability and personal maturity.
  9. Ability to respect and maintain donor and patient confidentiality.



Competitive salaries commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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