University of Redlands seeks Vice President for Advancement

Location: Redlands, CA
The Vice President for Advancement reports to and advises the president of the University, serves on the president's cabinet, and supervises the departments of Development, Alumni Relations, and Advancement Services.

This highly collaborative position as “Chief Aspiration Officer” requires exceptional communication skills demonstrated fundraising expertise, and the ability to develop and nurture excellent working relationships with University constituencies, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, funders, and corporate, foundation, community, and civic leaders.

Advancement, Leadership, and Planning:
  • Serves on the president's cabinet and oversees all fundraising and advancement programs. Generates creative approaches to initiate and guide the development of appropriate fundraising and advancement policies and practices in support of the University's fundraising priorities to achieve institutional goals.
  • Works closely with and supports the president, trustees, and members of the president’s cabinet in their advancement activities.
  • Manages engagement of prospects for major University priorities, providing research, and conferring on strategies.
  • Acts on the president's behalf in all matters pertaining to fundraising and advancement efforts.
  • Participates in institution-wide strategic planning; identifies and assesses fundraising priorities; and effectively executes relevant programs, projects, and initiatives. Collaborates with associate and assistant vice presidents and directors to establish division and unit-level objectives and work plans.
  • Inspires, leads and develops a highly effective team of people to make successful and lasting contributions to the University's mission and strategic plan.
  • Directs the drafting and management of the division's annual budget.
  • In partnership with the president, organizes, inspires, and leads a team through the successful completion of the current $200M comprehensive campaign; leads the overall fundraising strategy, including annual fundraising and planned giving activities as set forth by the strategic plan; coordinates efforts with the president’s campaign strategy advisor.
  • Works collaboratively with the president, members of the president’s cabinet, trustees, deans, department heads, and internal advisory committees to plan and implement fundraising programs, initiatives, and strategies.
  • Actively engages with and manages a portfolio of prospects, including personal cultivation, solicitation, closing gifts, and on-going stewardship.
  • Represents the University in external affairs and events involving corporate and foundation representatives, trustees, alumni, and friends of the University.
  • Oversees and participates in the development of proposals and applications for funding from corporations, foundations, and individuals and provides appropriate stewardship and follow up, including the timely preparation and submission of reports.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned or directed by the president.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of 10 years of development experience with substantial knowledge of higher education. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in alumni, development and fund-raising activities.
  • Demonstrated history of leading, organizing and motivating an advancement team.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of fundraising technology and commitment to prospect management.  
  • Demonstrated integrity, good strategic judgment, self-motivation, goal orientation, and a high degree of initiative and creativity. 
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to motivate an administrative team to produce expected outcomes.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the values of independent higher education. 
  • Ability to interact positively with a culturally diverse population of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and potential donors. 
Application Instructions:
The University of Redlands, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, will review application materials as they are received. While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by June 17, 2018

Please submit your resume/CV and a letter of interest. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.
For nominations or further information:
Sona Andrews 
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc. 
Direct:  208-577-8981

Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 530-677-9945  
Submission of a resume and application indicates agreement that the university may verify all information contained therein.  The University of Redlands is an equal opportunity employer.  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 
In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed, please call (909)748-8040.

Institution: University of Redlands
This is a full time position

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