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Vice President for Advancement Position Description

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About Fort Lewis College

About the Fort Lewis College Foundation

Position Summary
The Vice President for Advancement leads a team of development and alumni professionals whose primary responsibility is to build internal and external relationships, secure private philanthropic support, engage alumni and friends, and represent the College to all constituents. Reporting to the President of the College, the Vice President works closely with the President, the College Foundation Board of Directors, the College Board of Trustees, Deans and other academic and administrative leaders to set strategic direction for the execution of all fundraising, alumni relations, and development communications activities. This role serves as the chief development officer and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

The Vice President for Advancement is responsible for developing and executing a strategic long-term advancement plan to advance the College’s institutional goals and expand its visibility and importance among targeted philanthropic constituencies, including the anticipated comprehensive campaign. The Vice President for Advancement provides leadership and direction to staff responsible for the major gifts program, planned giving program, the annual giving program, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations program, development systems and services, and development communications.

The Vice President for Advancement answers directly to the President of the College and serves as overall liaison between the College and the Foundation. Includes working closely with the Board and the President to ensure oversight of all private philanthropic dollars according to donor restrictions and College spending policy. 

Required Qualifications and Competencies

• Baccalaureate degree

• Minimum of seven years of experience in a comprehensive development program

• Commitment to higher education and strong desire to represent the College and champion its mission

• Proven record of personally cultivating, closing, administering and stewarding significant major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations

• Proven track record of providing strategic direction, leadership and operational management of advancement activities, resulting in marked improvement in execution and revenue growth

• Proven management experience and administrative skills to organize, direct, motivate and evaluate other professionals, support staff and volunteers

• Strong organizational and time management skills and the corresponding analytical skills needed to establish strategic fund raising goals and report on results

• Ability to address spontaneous issues and situations, make decisions and resolve problems

• Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, planning and resource management

• High level of integrity, initiative, creativity and energy

• Comfortable working in a “team-oriented” environment; high capacity to inspire cooperation and work well with teams

• Ability to work in a complex environment with the ability to adapt to changing situations and priorities

• Ability to handle confidential information appropriately

• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to articulate the themes and issues associated with a public liberal arts college clearly and persuasively

• Ability and willingness to travel on all major forms of public and private conveyance, ability to work weekends and evenings when necessary

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies

• Certified Fund Raising Executive credential

• Graduate degree

• Comprehensive Campaign experience

• Advanced knowledge of and application of gift planning techniques

• Five years of experience in an executive level position

Major Duties and Responsibilities

• Advise and assist the President, the Foundation leadership, and key academic, administrative and volunteer leadership in planning and implementing their responsibilities for major gifts and special campaign activities

• Prepare short and long term plans with specific goals and objectives for the College’s private support programs

• Maintain cooperative working relationships with academic Deans and leadership, athletics, student life, business, and administrative offices, and other campus units whose active participation is essential to an effective development program

• Coordinate all College initiatives with major gift prospects, including clearing approaches and timing, maintaining a record of all subsequent interactions, and developing a means of monitoring and reporting on major gift activity

• Coordinate and refine the College-wide prospect management system to ensure the effective and productive management of major gift prospects

• Direct, plan, evaluate and provide oversight to the College’s alumni relations, annual giving, annual leadership giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation, and planned giving programs, as well as the systems and business office functions in support of development

• Manage a major gift portfolio; staff the President in major gift cultivation and solicitation

• Perform other duties as assigned by the President

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; includes all College benefits.

Application Process
Electronically submit the following in PDF format:

1. A letter of interest that addresses the qualifications, competencies and duties

2. Resume

3. Contact information of five current professional references

Email application materials (PDF format only), to: 

Vice President for Advancement Search
Barbara Morris, Chair

Applications received by March 24, 2014 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts and pass a background check.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or veteran status. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. People from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.