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Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be submitted by 10/19/2018. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be uploaded together as one document. If you have any questions, please contact the University of Michigan-Dearborn Senior HR Consultant for Institutional Advancement, Lisa Copeland at Lisa Copeland can be reached by telephone at 313/583-6338.


Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.  The Vice Chancellor will have the opportunity to shape and guide the future of philanthropy at UM-Dearborn, as the successful candidate will assume the office at the conclusion of the current campaign and on the cusp of planning the next campaign.

As one of three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with a growing enrollment of over 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students and an ambitious plan to partner fully in the metropolitan Detroit community. UM-Dearborn is distinguished by its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in an environment of academic rigor and engaged community life. The Vice Chancellor will work with the Chancellor and the university’s senior leaders to develop and implement an integrated and robust fundraising and development strategy.

September 2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan.  Ford Motor Company gave the University approximately 200 acres, including the area surrounding Henry Ford's home, along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus's first four buildings.  The campus was initially established as a two-year upper division program with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school with some master's level graduate programs. Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs.  UM-Dearborn defines itself as a metropolitan university providing the academic excellence of the University of Michigan, to the residents of southeastern Michigan.



The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement reports to the Chancellor of University of Michigan-Dearborn and is a member of the leadership team. The individual will work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to develop and implement strategies that advance University of Michigan-Dearborn's academic, enrollment and metropolitan engagement goals.  The vice chancellor will be the lead fundraiser for the campus and will have responsibility for managing all development programs and operations centrally.  This individual will also coordinate fundraising efforts and initiatives across the campus. The position also has overall responsibilities for alumni engagement, individual giving, business and foundation engagement and philanthropy, and advancement marketing and communication.


The most competitive candidates for the position will possess/present the following knowledge, skills abilities and qualities:

  • Demonstrated ability to build on past successes by providing inspiring, visionary and strategic leadership for an integrated, collaborative advancement program which will continue to develop a vibrant philanthropic culture across campus

  • Breadth, depth and currency of advancement industry knowledge and best practices in a university setting

  • A proven ability to provide supportive and candid partnership to campus senior leadership, academic deans and other campus leaders and to contribute thought leadership to university priorities and strategies and challenges as a member of the chancellor’s leadership team

  • The ability to develop and clearly communicate strategies, key measures of success and accountability to both internal and external stakeholders; a record of demonstrated respect for the opinions of all stakeholders and a proven ability to interact with others in a collaborative, open and accepting manner;

  • A demonstrated track record in securing and stewarding six, seven and eight figure gifts from individuals, corporations and professional foundations;

  • A proven ability to provide leadership to volunteer committees; comprised of corporate CEOs and other major players in metro Detroit;

  • A deep respect for the value of each person's contributions to a team and a commitment to creating challenging roles, responsibilities and growth opportunities for staff members to build individual and team capacity to meet University needs and foster staff satisfaction and retention;

  • Capacity to foster full engagement of the advancement team in strategic planning, including the next campaign; incorporate an understanding of the needs, priorities and opportunities of campus partners in planning processes; build consensus; and act decisively in plan implementation;

  • Ability to offer creative and proven communications strategies that effectively convey the impact of philanthropy on the campus;

  • A demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion as fundamental elements in UM-Dearborn’s campus mission and culture;

  • The highest personal integrity and a demonstrated ability to deal with people in an ethical/honest manner in accordance with the standards of the profession;

  • An ability to lead and/or support change efforts with a deep understanding of cultural context, resistance and success factors and has the capacity to reach resolution.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving and team-building skills;

  • Excellent written, conversational and presentation skills.

Required Qualifications*

A bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of progressive leadership experience in alumni engagement and development is required.  

A master's degree and experience in developing and leading large scale capital campaigns are required.

Experience in a college or university setting is preferred.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.