Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) seeks a collaborative, innovative and experienced leader to serve as its Vice President of Advancement.
HPU is a private, not-for-profit institution of approximately 4,200 students with a full-time equivalent enrollment of 2,798 undergraduates and 376 graduate students coming from all 50 United States and its territories and nearly 65 countries. Founded in 1965, HPU is Hawaii's largest private university with its core campus in the heart of Honolulu's business district. HPU's investment in the urban student experience translates to greater hands-on experiences for students, expanded interdisciplinary collaboration between colleges and programs and deeper engagement with the community of Honolulu and the state of Hawaii. HPU is committed to serving the local and global communities and challenges its students to acquire the knowledge and experiences that foster critical thinking, cultural awareness, effective communication skills and an understanding of the workings of an increasingly interconnected world.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will develop and execute both annual and long-term plans and goals for advancement and alumni development that meet institutional goals and objectives. The Vice President will manage a team of seven or eight employees, the department's budget, facilities and technology-related needs, gift administration and reporting, advancement event management, the preparation of summary reports and analysis of fundraising results. They will build a culture of philanthropy across campus and beyond; focus on operations and infrastructure; engage with the external community; support the development of the University advancement team; enhance alumni relationships and expand advancement's reach; and collaborate with University and academic leadership.
The next Vice President of Advancement will be a highly experienced development professional who demonstrates a successful personal record as a major and/or principal gift fundraiser. With at least eight years of progressively responsible experience in development programs in an education setting, the Vice President will have demonstrated knowledge of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising. HPU's VP will possess excellent diplomatic skills, cultural competencies and intellectual curiosity. This leader will be capable of conveying appropriate messages and representing the University to the local community to encourage and facilitate support of HPU's mission and goals. They must be comfortable in a multi-cultural setting and be familiar with, or willing to embrace, Hawaii's unique business culture. The ability to actively listen and gauge gifting motivations is imperative, as are exemplary oral and written communication skills, credibility and comfort in frequently collaborating with the President and Trustees. A bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. More information can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting Hawaii Pacific University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 5, 2022.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Ashlee Winters Musser and Jevon Walton
Hawai'i Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable environment in which faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, ancestry, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or any other protected class covered by state and federal law. Hawai'i Pacific University encourages applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
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