Vice President for University Advancement

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University seeks a Vice President for University Advancement to develop and implement a compelling, comprehensive advancement strategy and program capable of meeting the university’s philanthropic objectives. The Vice President will promote the university’s mission and preserve its standing as an international leader in higher education and research through a unified vision for advancement that builds upon the success of Make Possible: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University, elevates the advancement function, and furthers the goals of the entire university, including its individual colleges and administrative units as well as campuses and locations worldwide. The Vice President will represent and advocate on behalf of the university’s commitment to the transformative power of education and promotion of access, opportunity, and excellence. The Vice President will be a relationship-oriented leader with strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness, a commitment to deepening the engagement of many and varied constituents with a special emphasis on alumni and parents, and excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate matters of complexity and nuance to multiple and varied groups of stakeholders.

Carnegie Mellon University is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology, and business to public policy, the humanities, and the arts. More than 15,000 students in CMU's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. A Carnegie Mellon education is marked by its strong focus on fundamental and versatile problem-solving skills, both within a specific discipline and with an interdisciplinary approach. The university respects and values students, acknowledging that varied talents and interests often span many specialties, and that the world’s challenges and opportunities are rarely contained by a single discipline. Students can explore more than one field of study while developing the strong professional core that is the hallmark of a Carnegie Mellon education. CMU encourages students to expand their thinking in new and exciting dimensions, with a strong focus on experiential learning in and out of the classroom, on and off campus. Carnegie Mellon is positioned like never before to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At the intersection of technology and humanity, CMU research, innovation, and creativity will continue to guide the future as a world-class university. A member of the Association of American Universities, CMU generates more than $400 million in research annually and ranks No. 24 for national universities in U.S. News & World Report, with the undergraduate computer science program ranking No. 2 and graduate No. 1, undergraduate engineering ranking No. 8, and undergraduate business No. 7.

"I deeply value creative and visionary thinking as well as someone who will roll up their sleeves and partner with me and the broader CMU team, including and especially our deans and senior management team, to execute on that vision. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader looking to make a mark at an institution with incredible momentum and to join a team that is ambitious, collaborative, collegial and driven by excellence. I relish the opportunity to meet you and to hear about your interest and I look forward to the invaluable brainstorming, planning, and relationship-building we will do together in the years ahead." –Farnam Jahanian, President, Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.