Position & Responsibilities

The vice president for institutional advancement is the college’s senior fundraising officer and leads the institutional advancement staff in the design and execution of the college’s fundraising and alumni relations programs. The vice president leads a staff of eight and oversees a comprehensive advancement program for alumni, friends, parents, students, businesses and foundations, and churches. 

Key areas of effort include annual giving, major gifts, planned and deferred gifts, gifts for athletics and other special purposes, donor relations and stewardship, and annual (Homecoming, Founders Day) and one-time events.

The vice president manages a portfolio of donors and prospects and, with the president, takes the lead in cultivating the involvement of leadership volunteers for the college’s advancement program. The vice president is a key administrative liaison to the board’s institutional advancement committee and interacts frequently with Trustees and other leaders.  The vice president works closely with the president, an individual with considerable experience in advancement.

The vice president’s key responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership for the overall institutional advancement program of the college
  • Work with integrity and transparency in the solicitation and stewardship of gifts to the college
  • Be an effective ambassador and advocate for the college while listening with care to the views of college constituents
  • Creatively engage advancement staff, other college employees, and volunteers in carrying out a comprehensive advancement program that effectively communicates the needs of the college to all its constituencies
  • Lead moves management activities to ensure that key donors and prospects are growing in their engagement with and support for the college
  • Manage a portfolio of major gifts donors and prospects
  • Support and provide informed guidance for the president in his work with major gift donors and prospects
  • Work effectively with the college’s Trustees, particularly the institutional advancement committee
  • With the president and the board plan the college’s next capital campaign and provide strong leadership for its success
  • Effectively manage the budget of the advancement program, effectively overseeing expenditures of fund-raising and alumni programs staff
  • Give particular attention to strengthening involvement and giving by young alumni
  • Develop affinity programs for groups of alumni based on college majors, vocations, and other special interests (e.g., participation in athletics)
  • Monitor and regularly evaluate the performance of the department and its personnel
  • Accept other duties as assigned by the president
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