Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement) 

Hong Kong (HK)
13 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement) 

Ref. :  201601769 

Department :  President's Office 

The University of Hong Kong 

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned. 

The Position

The Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement) [hereinafter called VP/PVC (IA)] will be a full member of the Senior Management Team of the University, which is chaired by the President/Vice-Chancellor and meets weekly to consider the high-level strategic planning of the University's activities and the senior management’s responses to issues of the day.  In addition, the VP/PVC (IA) will deputise for the President/Vice-Chancellor and the Provost/Deputy Vice-Chancellor on occasions.  As such this is a highly responsible high-level role which contributes to the senior management of the University and to its public representation.

Reporting to the President/Vice-Chancellor, the VP/PVC (IA) provides leadership to all institutional advancement initiatives and alumni relations of the University.  The VP/PVC (IA) formulates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to strengthening the University's linkage with key stakeholders of the University family and the community at large, including alumni, donors and members of the public and including Hong Kong, Mainland China and the wider world.  Working closely with the President/Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers of the University, the VP/PVC (IA) is the key strategist for fundraising.  He/She provides strategic, innovative and accountable leadership to ensure that the University achieves its goals and performance targets in development.

The primary objective of this position is to engage the significant local, regional, and international alumni network, grow the University's community of supporters and donors, and secure significant giving in different forms, such as major gifts, capital campaigns, corporate donations and grant solicitation bequests.  The VP/PVC (IA) also promotes and develops a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism within the University community.  The VP/PVC (IA) is supported by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office on operational matters and contributes to the development of a comprehensive communication plan to promote the University to its supporters, donors, maximizing public awareness of the University's development plans and fundraising activities.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess 

  • ability to contribute to the leadership of a complex organization
  • demonstrable ability to work as a team member in a high performing senior management team
  • a university qualification (preferably postgraduate) with substantial experience in fundraising and stakeholder engagement, ideally in academic, social or NGO arenas
  • solid understanding of the local community with networks across different sectors in Hong Kong and Greater China
  • comprehensive knowledge of fundraising best practices and challenges, and a track record of success in fundraising for a complex major organization
  • exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deploy tact and diplomacy to promote good relations between the University and key stakeholders and potential donors
  • capacity to build and nurture relationships with both internal partners and external stakeholders, inclusive of alumni, business, government and the community
  • capacity to develop and articulate contemporary fundraising strategy, to generate support within the University and to influence policies, practice and behaviour to ensure successful take-up and implementation
  • ability to command respect and instil trust, and the capacity to represent the University credibly in a wide range of situations to articulate a persuasive case
  • demonstrated success in applying best practice in identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current benefactors
  • high level of creativity and innovation to produce solutions to problems, create new opportunities and develop business benefits

Application and Nomination

The post is initially offered on a five-year term, with availability of renewal thereafter.  A letter of application setting out why the applicant considers himself or herself suitable for the post, together with a full curriculum vitae, should be sent to Mr. Andrew Tsui/Mr TT Ho of Korn/Ferry International (HK) Ltd., 15/F., St. George's Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong or by e-mail to 

Review of applications and nominations will continue until the post is filled.   Interested persons are invited to submit their materials on or before 31 January 2017. 

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