Colby-Sawyer is seeking a Vice President for College Advancement. The Vice President serves as chief advancement officer of the College and provides strategic leadership for development, college communications, alumni affairs, annual giving, and the Adventures in Learning program staff. This position is responsible for the management of all fund-raising and actively collaborates with the President, the Board of Trustees, and the college’s senior staff to develop and implement an overarching advancement strategy. This position leads and implements a strategic communications and marketing plan for engaging all constituents through multiple media channels (web, social media, print, video, etc.). The Vice President for Advancement reports to the President and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is a comprehensive baccalaureate college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire and is within a 90 minute drive of Boston. The college enrolls 1,100 students and has 13,600 alumni.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Develops and implements advancement strategies that enable the college to fulfill its mission and aspirations. Implements strategies by establishing and communicating clear and integrated comprehensive plans for the department.
- Directs all development activities. Sets strategy and goals for annual giving director, major gift officers and planned giving officer. Oversees stewardship program. Provides regular and accurate reporting on all giving activities.
- Supervises alumni relations including regular event planning, alumni communications, and the President’s Alumni Advisory Committee.
- Outlines and executes a cohesive communications plan for the college that appeals to all constituencies, but with an emphasis on prospective students. Understands and maximizes use of multiple communication outlets (web, social media, print, video, etc.).
- Establishes and maintains gift management and solicitation policies in accordance with ethical standards and accreditation requirements.
- Actively manage a portfolio of 50 major gift prospects.
- Identifies opportunities for role of the president with major donors.
- Serve as staff liaison to the Board Organization, College Stewardship, and Campaign committees of the Board of Trustees. Recommends prospective trustees to the president and the trustees.
- Directs the Adventures in Learning program staff. Establishes community and corporate relations policy and strategy.
- As a senior officer of the college, this Vice President participates actively in college policy discussion and decision-making, as well as in describing and communicating strategic directions and priorities for the college.
- Manages department revenue and expense budgets.
- Stays current on and communicates advancement trends influencing higher education, marketing, and fund-raising.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Seven or more years of advancement experience at the director level performing similar functions as those named above, preferably in private, residential liberal arts based institutions or in higher education. Understanding of compliance, reporting standards and ethical guidelines related to fundraising. Able to solicit and close major gifts as evidenced by prior successful results, as well as ability to expand annual giving participation. Five or more years of experience supervising and leading a collegial and productive marketing and communications team and a fund-raising team, including hiring, training, motivating, managing performance, and professional development. Able to analyze and draw conclusions from complex data sets. Able to communicate verbally and in writing with exceptional clarity, persuasiveness and polish. Demonstrated ability to use technology and databases to support decision-making and implementation of communication and fundraising strategies. Able to travel and work during evenings and weekends as needed. Able to travel by car, plan, bus or train as needed. Must have own car and valid drivers’ license.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and salary requirements to CSCjobs@colby-sawyer.edu or via US mail to Human Resources, 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Colby-Sawyer College is committed to being an inclusive and diverse campus community, which celebrates multiple perspectives. Under institutional policy, as well as under state and federal law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act), Colby-Sawyer College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices or its admission practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, or gender identity.