Job opportunity: Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College

Hartwick CollegeThe Leadership Agenda for the Vice President for College Advancement

The Vice President for College Advancement is one of five Vice Presidents who report to the President. This person will lead, manage, and track metrics and performance goals of the staff of twenty in the areas of College Advancement which includes Development and Alumni Relations. The person will be expected to manage the following activities and issues:

Of primary importance will be to work in close coordination with the President and Advancement staff and volunteer activities to complete the $32M Campaign for Hartwick Students.  The fundraising goals of the Campaign include:

  • Endowment – a $14 million goal, including $9 million in scholarships and $5 million to support off campus J Term study;
  • Capital Projects – a $6.6 million goal, including construction of the William V. Campbell H’10 Fitness Center, the renovation of the Stack Student Lounge in Dewar Union, renovations and improvements to the Anderson Center for the Arts, and renovations and improvements to the Binder Physical Education Center;
  • Greener Hartwick sustainability projects totaling $1.4 million; and
  • A goal of $11.24 million in gifts toward the Hartwick Fund.
  • To date, $25 million has been raised. The Campbell Fitness Center and the renovation of Stack Lounge projects are complete; the Binder Center objective is nearly fully funded.

Support the Chair of the Campaign Committee of volunteers in the bi-monthly meetings, providing Campaign updates; develop and oversee Campaign-related volunteer solicitation and stewardship activities.

As the Campaign is completed, continue the execution of an Annual Fund program strategy that will assure the attainment of the budgeted goal.

Provide guidance and oversight to the activities of the Alumni area and be involved in alumni activities on a regular basis.

Build sustainable philanthropic resources.

Work with the various sectors of the College to assure appropriate support and collaboration within the College community.

Serve as liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees when appropriate.

Represent the President in the community and with alumni and the Board of Trustees, when appropriate.

Work closely with the President and Vice Presidents as well as the President’s Cabinet in addressing institutional issues.

The Desired Attributes and Leadership Qualifications of the VPCA

The Vice President for College Advancement will be a strong leader with progressively responsible experience as an administrator and leader of development/advancement programs. In addition, individuals with experience in foundations or other higher education positions with ties to advancement will be considered. Significant strength in the field of development management is essential, as is demonstrated goal orientation and an understanding of the importance of the role of alumni and community in the success of the College. Qualified candidates must possess a combination of education and experience required to perform the full range of duties assigned to the Vice President for College Advancement.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and accomplished individual with leadership experience in development or foundation management; demonstrate a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship at major and principal gift levels; and convey deep professional knowledge of current best practices within all components of the advancement paradigm.

In addition the successful candidate will have a:

  • Collaborative and professional leadership style;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Strong intellectual curiosity;
  • Record of ethical behavior and personal integrity;
  • Appreciation of the potential and needs of faculty, staff and volunteers;
  • High level of energy;
  • Engaging style that motivates staff and inspires donors;
  • Clear and focused approach to management, able to make difficult decisions;
  • Willingness and an ability to partner with the President in the cultivation of donors, promotion of
  • the college and the interaction with alumni; and
  • Openness that encourages staff initiatives and fully considers potentially innovative alternative strategies.

The Process for Nominations and Applications

The Hartwick Vice President for College Advancement Search Committee will be evaluating applications in early fall with the goal of appointing a new Vice President in October or November. Although applications will be accepted until the time that the Vice President is selected, candidates should submit their materials by September 3, 2014 for the most favorable consideration.

Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to:

The search is being assisted by:

Oscar C. Page, Ph.D. Senior Consultant, AGB Search 903-870-8303

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public.

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