New York, NY
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT
Hunter College, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, is the largest senior college in the City
University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the
country. Currently, over 22,000 students attend Hunter, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees
in more than 170 different programs of study.
Under President Jennifer J. Raab’s leadership, Hunter continues to rise in national standing. The Princeton
Review has ranked it among the Top 10 “Best Value” public colleges in the nation for three consecutive
years. In U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings for 2012, Hunter placed 7th among the Top 10 public
regional universities in the North, and Hunter has moved up 18 positions in just four years to No. 34 among
all regional universities (public and private) in the North. Hunter is one of only seven colleges in the nation
to be awarded an ‘A’ by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a study measuring the breadth of
undergraduate core requirements. In addition, since 2001, Hunter has received historic philanthropic
support (over $152 million), won new levels of government awards and private grants, and launched the first
capital campaign in its history.
Hunter has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist in recruiting an energetic and dynamic
Vice President of Development. Reporting to President Raab, the Vice President will take a leadership role
in strategically developing and implementing an aggressive fundraising program. He or she will manage the
Office of Institutional Advancement and oversee all operations aspects of the development program. After
collaborating with the President on the formulation of fundraising goals and priorities, the Vice President
will design and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase giving for all areas of fundraising including
annual giving, major and planned giving, and capital campaigns. The Vice President will serve on the
President’s Cabinet, supervise and direct the development staff (18-19), and be responsible for personnel,
budget, operations, and communications for the division.
The Vice President will be a fundraising leader with a strong record of success raising significant major gifts
and the proven ability to build and enhance relationships with donors. The ideal candidate will be a
development professional with an established track record of proactively increasing philanthropic revenue,
ideally for an educational institution of similar scale. The Vice President will have the demonstrated ability
to effectively engage and support key leaders and constituents in a manner that generates excitement,
shared purpose, meaningful action, and long-term relationships. Moreover, he or she will possess the
interpersonal and communication skills to compellingly share Hunter’s mission and priorities to diverse
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Hunter College is a comprehensive teaching, research and service
institution, long committed to excellence and access in the education of
undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts and sciences, as
well as in several professional fields: education, health sciences, nursing
and social work.
Founded in 1870, Hunter is one of the oldest public colleges in the country, dedicated from its earliest days
to serving a student body which reflects the diversity of New York City. Hunter takes pride in the success it
has had over the years in enabling the people of New York to combine the strengths of their varied
experiences with the skills they need to participate effectively in the wider society. Committed to the
achievement of a pluralistic community, Hunter College offers a curriculum designed to meet the highest
academic standards while also fostering understanding among groups from different racial, cultural and
While teaching and research are its primary missions, community service is also an essential goal of the
College. Hunter faculty seek to generate new knowledge and to design programs to address the myriad
cultural, social and political needs of New York City and the world.
An Urban Leader in Affordable Higher Education
Hunter College is famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself.
For over 140 years, it has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities, and today, students
from every walk of life and every corner of the world
convene at Hunter in pursuit of the American Dream.
In addition to the myriad academic offerings in its
prestigious School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College
offers a wide breadth of programs within its preeminent
Schools of Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Health
Professions. In 2011, the CUNY School of Public Health
at Hunter College opened its doors, officially making
Hunter a PhD-granting institution. Students can enroll
in several CUNY doctoral programs based at Hunter, as
well as participate in a number of accelerated and
advanced certificate programs. Hunter is also the home
of world-renowned research centers, including the Center
for Study of Gene Structure and Function, the Center for
Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), and the Brookdale
Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, just to name
Hunter students are uniquely committed to their educations and their futures. Though the great majority
hold jobs, most are the first in their families to attend college. Their level of academic and professional
achievement is extraordinary. They are published authors, community activists, exhibited artists, and civic
leaders. Many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon
fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other rare and competitive honors. Hunter graduates
make a mark wherever they go, but the vast majority choose to give back locally. If you come across an
important artist, author, educator, government official, health professional, researcher, scientist, or social-
service professional in New York City, there's a good chance he or she went to Hunter.
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The 1,800 full- and part-time members of Hunter's faculty are unparalleled. Thanks to the diverse and
uniquely engaged student body, the abundance of New York's academic resources, and the ever-growing
opportunities for teaching and research,
Hunter attracts many of the nation's top
scholars. They receive prestigious national
grants, contribute to the world's leading
academic journals, and play major roles in
cutting-edge research. They are fighting
cancer, formulating public policy,
expanding our culture, enhancing
technology, and more.
Most importantly, they are bringing their
skills and knowledge to bear on the next
generation of scientists, public servants, artists, nurses, social workers, health care professionals, scholars,
and other citizens of the world by placing their highest priority on the classroom. As mentors and lecturers,
advisers and seminar leaders, the Hunter College faculty are second to none.
Jennifer J. Raab is the 13th President of Hunter College. Since assuming the presidency in 2001, she has
led a successful effort to enlarge the faculty and recruit distinguished professors and artists. Standards
throughout the college have been raised, and fiscal management has been modernized and strengthened.
Entering SAT scores increased by 89 points in just seven years and are now 137 points above the national
average. Hunter has won new levels of government awards, private grants and philanthropic contributions
and launched the first capital campaign in its history. Since her tenure began in 2001, President Raab has
been responsible for more than $152 million in philanthropic support to Hunter College. Major changes
include the renovation and reopening of the historic Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt House, which is now
the Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and the construction of a $131 million
home in East Harlem for Hunter’s renowned School of Social Work that also houses
the new CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.
President Raab’s role as an educational leader continues her long career in public
service, from lawyer to political campaign adviser to government official. Her career
in government began in 1979 when she became special projects manager for the
South Bronx Development Organization, an agency that played a critical role in the
renewal of one of the city’s most distressed areas, and she was later named director
of public affairs for the New York City Planning Commission. President Raab went
on to become a litigator at two of the nation’s most prestigious law firms – Cravath,
Swaine & Moore and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Quickly earning a
reputation as a strong but fair advocate, she was appointed Chairman of the New York City Landmarks
Preservation Commission, a post she held from 1994 to 2001. She was known for her effective and innovative
leadership of the agency that protects and preserves the city’s historic structures and architectural heritage.
In a 1997 profile, the New York Times’s David Dunlap said she had “developed some untraditional ideas
about who belongs to the preservation community,” adding that the changes – which could have been made
“only by an outsider” – had greatly reduced the city’s historic battling over preservation.
Crain’s New York Business named her as one of New York’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business” in
2007 and one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” in 2009 and 2011. She has been honored by
many New York and national organizations, including the Martina Arroyo Foundation, United Way, the
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and the League of Women Voters of New York.
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Long active in civic and national affairs, President Raab is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
and serves on the Board of Directors of The After School Corporation and on the Steering Committee of the
Association for a Better New York. She was appointed a member of the 2004-05 New York City Charter
Revision Commission by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
A graduate of Hunter College High School, President Raab is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell
University, holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. Harvard has named
her to the Law School Visiting Committee, which reports to the University Board of Overseers.
President Raab is the 2012 recipient of Albany Law School's Miriam M. Netter Award, which is awarded
annually to the School's Kate Stoneman Day keynote speaker, in honor of Stoneman's lifelong commitment
to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women.
HUNTER COLLEGE FOUNDATION
The mission of the Hunter College Foundation is to enhance Hunter College's position as a premiere public
The Foundation Board of Trustees
The Foundation Board consists of a select number of outstanding alumni and distinguished community and
business leaders who are committed to help raise the College's public image and raise funds to further
strengthen the institution. The Board’s executive committee includes: chair Klara Silverstein, vice chair
David Chapnick, treasurer Susie Peterson Case, secretary Ruth B. Newman, and at-large members Lucille
D. Kaufman and Lisa H. Witten. For a complete listing of these volunteer leaders, please visit the
Foundation’s website. President Raab serves as an ex-officio member of the Board; the Vice President of
Development will also serve as ex-officio.
Hunter receives generous support from alumni, parents, students, and friends, each of whom prove the
transformative power of philanthropy, as well as from foundations and corporations. Gift highlights from
$1 million gift to Hunter’s School of Education from Lew Frankfort ('67) and his wife, Bobbi, that
enabled the College to create our revolutionary student-teacher video analysis project, now a
national model of teacher training;
$200,000 gift from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, with which Hunter is launching a new
doctoral program in nursing practice;
$1 million gift, from Jody and John Arnhold, with which the College has created three new graduate
programs in dance and dance education.
IMPORTANT & REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
The Vice President of Development will report to the President and serve as a member of the President’s
Cabinet. The Vice President will work closely with the President, Foundation Board of Trustees, Alumni
Association, senior administrators, faculty and fundraising volunteers in the planning and execution of the
He or she will supervise and direct the development staff (18-19 professionals and support positions).
Moreover, the Vice President will collaborate with other College and University executives, and outside
organizations as needed, to develop appropriate policy and acquire resources.
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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead the Office of Institutional Advancement;
Collaborate with the President on the formulation of fundraising goals and priorities;
Manage all operations aspects of the development program;
Design and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase giving for all areas of fundraising including
annual giving, major and planned giving and capital campaigns;
Develop detailed strategies and programs for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding
individual and prospective donors;
Develop, plan and manage a variety of fundraising and cultivation events;
Create solicitation and marketing materials to communicate fundraising needs;
Incorporate innovative practices into plans and strategies and collaborates with other College and
University executives, and outside organizations as needed, to develop appropriate policy and acquire
Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet;
Manage development budget and financial reporting for all development activities;
Serve as the dynamic leader of an executive team responsible for personnel, budget, operations, and
Supervise and direct the development staff.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALITIES
The College seeks an experienced fundraising leader and manager with the expertise and demonstrated
track record to respond effectively to the responsibilities listed above. The ideal candidate will possess the
following experience and qualities:
Belief in and passion for the mission of Hunter College;
Energetic, dynamic fundraiser with a strong record of success raising significant major gifts (including
the design and execution of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies);
Skill to strategically and effectively engage and support the President, others leaders, and volunteers in
Proven ability to build and enhance relationships with donors;
Track record of fundraising leadership, which resulted in significant revenue growth, an expanded
constituency base, and improved operations;
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Comprehensive fundraising experience, with an emphasis on major giving, but also including annual
giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, special events, and campaigns;
Strong work ethic and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to lead a professional team through the planning process and execution of successful fundraising
efforts and campaigns;
Flexible team player comfortable with ambiguity as decision-processes evolve over time, as well as the
ability to refine strategies based on feedback from stakeholders;
At least eight years of directly related experience required, ideally within an educational institution;
Excellent communication skills (both written and oral);
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
The compensation package will be commensurate with qualifications. This position is in CUNY's Executive
Compensation Plan. CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents
based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.
Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.
CONFIDENTIAL INQUIRIES & HOW TO APPLY
Hunter has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this executive recruitment. Please
send all confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations directly to FPS via e-mail at
Hunter@glfreeman.com. All applications must include (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) a letter of interest.
Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.
Hunter College is committed to enhancing its diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities,
veterans, and women to apply. The College takes pride in its pluralistic community and continues to seek excellence through diversity and
inclusion. EO/AA Employer.
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