Boston, MA

Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer, Simmons University

The Organization

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University is a private university, home to a respected women’s undergraduate program as well as coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science. Simmons has been a trailblazer and an innovator over the last decade, devoting considerable institutional capital to building high-quality online academic offerings at the undergraduate ( and graduate ( levels while redesigning its institutional structure to meet the demands of 21st-century education and research.

Position Overview

Simmons University seeks an experienced, innovative, and strategic Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer (VPCDO) with the highest standards of achievement, integrity, and excellence. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Leadership Team, the VPCDO will have a demonstrated commitment to the value of higher education and the opportunities it provides; a proven track record of success in building comprehensive advancement programs through engagement with key stakeholders, collaboration with internal and external community members, and bold thinking that inspires constituents; and an unwavering focus on creating programs, engagement opportunities, and strategic funding priorities that motivate alumnae/i, parents, friends, and community members to invest in the future of the University.

With the opportunity to lead and expand the current Advancement team, the VPCDO will oversee and direct Simmons’ next campaign, which celebrates its 125th anniversary. The VPCDO will bring the institution to its full philanthropic potential by building a best-in-class Advancement team that will identify, engage, and inspire donors at all levels. They will oversee all aspects of a robust and substantive advancement effort, including all fundraising, advancement services, and alumnae/i and donor relations programs. They will galvanize and lead the team in the boldest campaign in the history of the University and must be a strong motivator, have excellent leadership skills, and possess a commitment to education and social justice through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

How To Apply

For apply or refer candidates, please contact Lindauer Chief Executive Officer Deb Taft, Senior Consultant Megan Abbett or Consultant Manna K. Jones at

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