VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Office of the President [Posted May 23, 2012]
Cambridge College seeks a strategic and dynamic Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) with a strong record of fundraising leadership and achievement. Now in its 41st year, Cambridge College is one of the nation's leading institutes of higher education for working adults. It provides access to high quality, affordable education in a responsive learning environment that values students' prior education and life experiences. The College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees at its main campus in Cambridge, MA and at seven regional centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Over 8,000 students are currently enrolled in Cambridge College's four schools: Management, Psychology and Counseling, Education and Undergraduate Studies.
Reporting to and partnering with Deborah Jackson, President of Cambridge College, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will be a strategic and valued fundraising leader and program builder who will thrive working in a non-traditional higher education environment.
The successful candidate will be an engaging collaborator who will establish productive working relationships with the President, Provost, executive team, and members of the Board of Trustees as well as deans, faculty and staff. In partnership with President Jackson, the new VPIA will create and execute a strategic fundraising plan to advance the college's vision and strategic plan. The successful candidate will build a high-performing development program and will oversee and develop an advancement team that will focus on increasing philanthropic revenue through corporate, foundation and individual giving.
Cambridge College is a national leader in adult education that affords working adults opportunities to make personal and professional changes to achieve their goals. Approximately half of the student body is matriculated at the main campus in Cambridge, while the remaining half is enrolled at seven regional centers in Massachusetts, Georgia, California, Tennessee, Virginia and Puerto Rico.
Cambridge College was established in 1971 by a small group of educators who sought to provide educational opportunity and advanced degrees for teachers and other working adults. Originally known as the Institute of Open Education at Newton College of the Sacred Heart, the Institute later became part of the Antioch University network. In 1981, the Institute was incorporated into a private, non-profit institution and named Cambridge College. It has since expanded its offerings from an initial master's of education degree program, to bachelor's and master's degrees for educators, counselors, managers and human service providers, as well as a doctoral program in educational leadership.
Cambridge College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Cambridge College's mission is to provide academically excellent, time-efficient and cost effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied. Its learning environment offers compelling benefits for adult learners that emphasize teamwork among faculty and students, and a curriculum that balances theory and practice. Classes are primarily scheduled evenings and weekends.
The student body brings a wealth of diversity to the learning environment. The average age is 37, nearly 75% are women, and over 60% are racial and ethnic minorities. Nearly 70% of the students receive financial aid.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the College's President, Deborah Jackson, the VPIA will partner with a highly-visible and well-respected leader in both for-profit and non-profit organizations who has achieved tremendous fundraising success in her career. In partnering with Ms. Jackson, the new Vice President will seek to achieve her vision of building sustainable philanthropic resources that will support investments in academic program development and growth; expansion of student support services; increased opportunities for faculty professional development; and facility and infrastructure improvements to support the academic and administrative needs for the future growth of the college.
As a member of the President's Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the VPIA will collaborate with President Jackson and other members of the ELC in completing and implementing Cambridge College's new strategic plan. With 94% of the College's revenue derived from student tuition, the college seeks to build a results-driven fundraising program that ensures long-term, sustainable philanthropic support.
The new VPIA will play a transformative role in overseeing all aspects of fundraising including corporate, foundation, and individual giving, with opportunity to increase alumni participation through the alumni relations program. S/he will take an active role in supporting major College projects such as Pathways to Persistence, a program that provides students with the support they need for degree completion.
The VPIA will seek opportunities to secure support from its current donors and prospects and create a pipeline for future support. The successful candidate will assess the philanthropic interests of Ms. Jackson's identified prospects and create new strategies to cultivate, solicit, close and steward them. The new Vice President will seize opportunities to collaborate with senior leadership, the Provost and Deans to identify fundable programs and build the case for support with corporations, foundations and individuals.
As a builder, the Vice President will create a strong and team-oriented advancement program based upon creating fundraising strategy and establishing plans, goals and metrics. S/he will develop the advancement team, providing leadership, supervision, and coaching that will lead to success in reaching established goals.
-Report to and partner with the President in achieving her vision
-Create and execute a strategic fundraising plan with clearly defined goals, timeframes and metrics
-Build a high-performing development program and team with focus on increasing philanthropic revenue through corporate, foundation and individual giving
-Seize opportunities to collaborate with senior leadership, the Provost and Deans in identifying opportunities to link programs with philanthropic opportunity
-Initiate conversations with and provide strategies for senior and volunteer leadership in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding donors and prospects
-Personally identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward gifts
-Supervise, coach, and mentor development staff leading to the achievement of goals
-Engage and encourage faculty and staff, when appropriate, to take an active role in supporting fundraising activities
-Understanding of the mission and values of Cambridge College and the ability to effectively support and communicate them, especially to external audiences
-Ten years of progressively successful development experience with a track record of building comprehensive fundraising programs and plans that achieve results
-Outstanding relationship building and collaboration skills to work with a diverse constituency
-Knowledge of best practices and the ability to apply them in innovative ways
-Success identifying and securing individual and foundation support
-Strong supervisory experience that demonstrates the ability to lead, coach, and develop staff
-A self-starter who seeks and seizes opportunity
Experience with on-line fundraising and social media
-Bachelor's degree, master's preferred
For consideration, please email resume in confidence to: email@example.com
Cambridge College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College and all its degree programs are authorized by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The College is authorized to operate and offer selected degree programs in their states by the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education, the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, the Council on Higher Education of Puerto Rico, and the Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Cambridge College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary education institute by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in the state of Tennessee.