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Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) is an urban, independent, liberal arts college. The mission of the College is to educate a socially and economically diverse student body by fostering intellectual achievement and personal growth and by providing opportunities for career development. Inherent in this mission is the intent to develop an awareness of social, political, cultural, and ethical issues in the belief that this awareness will lead to concern for, participation in, and improvement of society. To accomplish this mission, the College offers a strong program in the arts and sciences for students of all ages, as well as substantial pre- professional preparation. Central to these efforts is the particular attention given to the individual student. MMC seeks to be a resource and learning center for the metropolitan community.


Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) was founded in 1936 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as a New York City extension of Marymount College, in Tarrytown, New York. In 1948, MMC moved to its present location on New York’s Upper East Side on 71st Street between Second and Third Avenues. In 1961, MMC was granted an absolute charter as an independent four-year college by the New York State Board of Regents. In 1971, MMC became officially coeducational, just as it would become officially secular a few decades later, while always celebrating individuality and unique self-expression.

Faithful to the vision of its founders, MMC has a long history of reaching out to diverse populations in need of higher education. Over the years, MMC’s mission as an urban, independent, coeducational, nonsectarian liberal arts college has expanded to include a greater variety of students, including men, nontraditional students, and students from a variety of backgrounds.

Marymount Manhattan College Today

MMC has over 2,000 students, approximately 1,950 of whom attend full time. Students hail from 46 states and over 47 countries. The College offers 29 undergraduate majors and over 40 minors and special programs, and will soon offer its first master’s program, in Speech-Language Pathology. MMC has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 with an average class size of 17 students. Ninety-six percent of the faculty hold terminal degrees. MMC also offers a college program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, enrolling more than 130 part-time students per semester in both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.

In 2015-16, a new college-to-career initiative called CityEdge was launched. Led by the faculty in partnership with Career Services, and supported by foundation funding, CityEdge seeks to deeply immerse students in New York’s vibrant learning and career landscape while distinguishing MMC as a small college at the intersection of a high-quality liberal arts education and professional preparation in the heart of a world-class city. An update of MMC’s visual identity, reflecting the energy and openness of the MMC experience, and sharper messaging have strengthened the College’s value proposition. Auxiliary education programs that serve the community and take best advantage of MMC’s degree-granting programs have been launched, thanks to a $1 million gift, and will increasingly make an array of educational experiences, delivered in a variety of modes, available to the New York community and beyond. In spring 2017, a new strategic plan for 2017 - 2021, Contemporary and Compelling: Envisioning MMC’s Future, was unanimously approved by the faculty, the Cabinet, and the Board of Trustees. The College has an annual operating budget of approximately $60 million; its endowment is approximately $18 million.


Kerry Walk, Ph.D – President, Marymount Manhattan College President Walk is a champion of student learning and success, with more than twenty years of experience as a higher education leader. Melding the liberal arts and sciences with the creative and performing arts, her academic and professional background fits well with the diverse and contemporary educational offerings at MMC.

Before taking office on July 1, 2015, Dr. Walk served as Provost and Interim President of Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, where she advanced the institution through highly collaborative enrollment and fundraising efforts, a transformative campus expansion project, and a new five-year strategic plan. She also led major efforts to promote student learning and success, including a major revamping of college curricula and establishment of an international education center. Prior to joining Otis, Dr. Walk held academic leadership positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Pitzer College, one of The Claremont Colleges. At Princeton she built and directed the acclaimed interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program, and at Pitzer she spearheaded successful strategic planning and reaccreditation efforts.

Kerry Walk earned her B.A. in English with honors from Wellesley College, where she received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions to campus life through theatre. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing her studies on English Renaissance literature and the Victorian novel.

For additional information about Marymount Manhattan College, please visit its website,


Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s cabinet, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VP) is the Chief Advancement Officer of the College. The VP will manage, direct, integrate and coordinate all functions in the Institutional Advancement Division that are essential to meeting the College’s fundraising, marketing and communications, constituent relations, and other goals, including all staff and volunteers. The VP oversees the offices of Major Gifts and Parent Programs, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Advancement Events, Advancement Services and Prospect Management, Marketing and Communications, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Faculty Partnerships.

Specific Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

• Conceptualizes, plans and implements a comprehensive, metric-driven fundraising program, including the formulation of annual and multi-year plans, goals and objectives, and effectively uses “moves management” strategies to achieve established goals.

• Directs and manages overall activity of the team to ensure that programs and activities advance MMC’s goals in ways that are data-driven and measurable, allocating time and resources effectively.

• Develops and supervises the College’s marketing and communications efforts to enhance the College’s standing among peer institutions, prospective students and their families, and other important constituencies of the College.

• Ensures effective teamwork and productive relationships with other departments of the College.

• Supervises the divisional operation, including the planning and monitoring of its budget and the regular assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the unit using best practices of the field.

• Facilitates internal staff meetings and manages all communications with the Fundraising and Resources Committee of the Board of Trustees.

• Works closely with the senior staff, alumni leadership, members of the faculty and the Board of Trustees in establishing institutional priorities and fundraising strategies to support the College’s mission.

• Participates as a member of the President’s Cabinet, which advises on administrative affairs of the College.

• Utilizes the time and talents of the President, Trustees, senior administration, faculty and staff to increasingly engage, cultivate and solicit benefactors.

• Represents the College’s Advancement division in the community, building relationships with diverse donors and prospects.

• Works with the President and Board of Trustees to identify new potential members of the College’s Boards and other volunteers


• Leads a fundraising team to solicit and secure funds and resources (through a variety of activities, including major gifts, corporate and foundation appeals, annual fund, planned giving, alumni relations, external relations, special events) that enable the College to accomplish its mission and strategic goals.

• Actively works with the Institutional Advancement team to plan and implement strategic activities in identifying and cultivating donors and organizations.

• Manages a personal portfolio of major gift prospects, understanding the needs and priorities of donors and successfully completing asks.

• Develops expertise regarding academic programs, research, and fundraising objectives; ensures that staff are knowledgeable about fundraising priorities, ways of giving, donor relationship management, and management of volunteers.

• Supports and grows the annual giving program, with a goal of broadening the base of support especially among alumni, as well as increasing total unrestricted support.

• Increases the awareness of planned giving opportunities.

• Oversees Advancement Services and Prospect Management and its interrelationship with other campus departments in order to identify and research individuals, corporations and foundations and maintain a prospect management system.

• Engages the wider campus community in a broad awareness of development activities and invites participation in planning as appropriate, including priority-setting for the next campaign.

• Oversees donor stewardship, including reporting to major donors, and other activities that foster the relationship between MMC and its donors.

• Establishes and maintains habits of analyzing and evaluating data regarding the effectiveness of fundraising strategies and programs.


The VP must have an understanding of and passion for the goals and mission of a dynamic, urban, liberal arts college. The ability to effectively articulate specific fundraising goals and motivate and manage a team to achieve those goals will be essential to the success of the incoming VP. The VP must have a track record of experiences that include knowledge of strategies and best practices proven effective in alumni engagement and fundraising efforts, coupled with proven success implementing a goal-oriented, metric-based program utilizing data to determine goals and evaluate success. The ability to work within a community that expects collegiality and open communication and the willingness to engage in the community life of the College will be critical to the success of the candidate.


• Appreciation and passion for the mission of MMC and an understanding of and commitment to the culture of an urban, independent, liberal arts college.

• Minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible positions in advancement, including experience managing a department or team, with a preference for higher education experience.

• Strong management skills, both strategic and operational, and a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor and motivate an effective team.

• Knowledge of and demonstrated success with various aspects of philanthropy: major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, endowment giving, annual giving, special events, constituent engagement, strategic goal-setting and departmental management.

• Proven track record in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major and planned gifts using “moves management” strategies.

• Strategic planning and decision-making capabilities based on research, analysis and sound judgment to be applied toward the development of an innovative advancement program with the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation.

• Demonstrated understanding of marketing and communications.

• A high degree of professionalism, awareness, and discretion while maintaining complete confidentiality.

• Capable of building collaborative relationships and effectively navigating across a highly engaged academic community and a diverse alumni and constituent base.

• Strong interpersonal skills, drive and integrity with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies, including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students, donors and prospects.

• Sophistication and the ability to communicate articulately and interact comfortably with high-net-worth individuals and groups.

• Superior communication skills to express, verbally and in writing, MMC’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.

• Attention to detail combined with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Self-confidence, integrity, warmth and a flexible leadership and personal style combined with a sense of humor that will earn the respect and attention of the college community.

• Proficient in the use of technology with knowledge of web operations, relevant software, CRM databases and social media.

• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

• Willing and able to travel and to be available to work evenings and weekends as needed for special events.


For inquiries, nominations and applications, please contact:
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