Department: Alumnae/i Affairs & Development Office
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001320
About Vassar College Founded in 1861, Vassar is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus. Located in a bucolic, residential area three miles from the center of Poughkeepsie, the campus sits on 1,000 picturesque acres ranging from the manicured lawns and formal gardens of the main campus to the meadows and woodlands of the Vassar Farm. With 2,450 students and more than 300 faculty members who teach all classes, Vassar has a student-faculty ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 17. In addition, the college has 23 varsity teams and an impressive array of athletic facilities, a library housing more than a million print volumes and an ever-increasing number of electronic resources and databases, and one of the oldest college art collections in the country. The great majority of Vassar graduates plan to pursue advanced study within five years of graduation. Graduates are regularly accepted at top-ranking schools of law, medicine, business, and education. Vassar is a leader in producing PhD candidates. With the recent inauguration of its 11th president, Elizabeth (Betsy) Bradley, Vassar is poised to enter a bold new era of innovation and transformation while honoring the past and amplifying current strengths. Under President Bradley's leadership, Vassar will continue to recruit and support world-class faculty, create an ever-more inclusive campus culture, engage more deeply with the surrounding community, and revitalize buildings and landscape to align with goals for accessibility, sustainability, and educational excellence. As President Bradley embarks on her first year at Vassar, the college seeks a creative, dynamic, strategic, and seasoned advancement professional who will lead and inspire the team responsible for alumnae/alumni affairs and raising the annual and capital funds necessary to make this vision a reality. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
The Vice President, Alumnae/i Affairs and Development is charged with directing a team of 65 professionals responsible for raising $40M to $50M annually from all sources and effectively engaging with more than 39,000 alumnae/alumni worldwide. In addition, within the next three to four years, the VP will work closely with the president, the board of trustees, other volunteers, and the advancement team to launch a capital campaign.
At the highest level, the VP will be a strategic thinker with the ability to understand and ensure that the various streams of development and alumnae/alumni work reinforce, amplify, and leverage one another. S/he will have the ability to interpret and synthesize information and use that synthesis to strategically set goals and calibrate priorities. Finally, s/he will be a thought partner for the president, the board, and the board of the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College (AAVC) effectively providing information and advice to ensure that their time and effort are being deployed for greatest impact.
On a day-to-day basis, the VP will be a thoughtful manager, an effective communicator, and a proven team builder. S/he will lead the team with a focus on developing strong relationships with Vassar leadership, alumnae/i, parents, and other key stakeholders with a goal of solidifying the collective work of the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development and its partners.
As currently structured, the VP oversees 65 professionals focused on Alumnae/i Engagement, including Alumnae House, reunions, programs, and networking; Advancement Communications, including Donor Relations; Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations; Individual Giving, including Leadership Gifts and Gift Planning, Parent Giving and Parent Relations, Principal Gifts, and the Vassar Fund; Operations, including Central Records, Information Services, and Prospect Development and Research; and Regional and International Programs.
In addition to serving as a member of the senior leadership team and a key strategic advisor to the president, provides high-level guidance to the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College, and works closely with the board of trustees, especially the development and nominating committees of the board.
Qualifications At least 10 years of progressively responsible fundraising leadership and management experience, preferably in an institution of higher education, with the ability to interact effectively with senior institutional leadership, administrators, trustees, and other stakeholders. Demonstrated success in developing volunteer and alumnae/alumni programs and growing fundraising, and an in-depth understanding of the advancement profession. Ability to effectively develop and lead a goal-oriented fundraising and alumnae/i affairs staff. Proven success in administrative leadership, managing sizable budgets, personnel, staff development, and communications. Significant experience as a frontline fundraiser cultivating and soliciting major- and principal-level gifts; preference for candidates with demonstrated record of cultivating, soliciting and closing seven- and eight-figure philanthropic gifts. Background in alumnae/alumni engagement and the ability to build effective relationships with leadership focused on providing meaningful opportunities for alumnae/alumni to connect with Vassar. Superior interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully interact and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders ? from students and parents to faculty, staff, and leadership. Excellent written and verbal communication and team-building skills, with the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy working with internal and external constituencies. Ability to travel throughout the United States on a regular basis and internationally, as needed, to meet with current and prospective donors, staff the president and other senior administrators, and attend major College events. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.