Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Jan 29, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Albion College in the search for a Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will work closely with the President to develop a campaign strategy sufficient to provide the College with the resources it needs to achieve sustainability, engage and steward alumni and donors as Albion brand ambassadors, and create a culture of philanthropy and gratitude for all stakeholders. The Vice President is a key collaborator with the President in cultivating and stewarding the most significant donors of the College, in building deep and fruitful relationships with major foundations, and in guiding volunteer boards and councils to be assets in achieving College strategy. The Vice President will work closely with the Cabinet to set priorities and devise strategies to achieve institution-wide objectives. The Vice President will lead a high performing advancement team and grow its capacity to achieve a bold new vision for Albion’s Institutional Advancement operation.

The Vice President will embrace Albion College’s commitment to being an anti-racist institution, and will actively promote diversity, belonging, and equity through critical and compassionate communication and strategic outreach efforts to various students, faculty, and staff including historically under-represented, first-generation, undocumented and DACA students, and LGBTQ+ students.

Albion College is a primarily undergraduate institution committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences. Such an education empowers individuals to live lives of constructive purpose and accomplishment, enriched by the confidence and pleasure that come from thinking logically, imaginatively, and humanely. In light of this vision Albion College seeks to create and maintain a supportive, intellectually stimulating community which exhibits and prizes curiosity, creativity, dissent, and diversity. Albion College believes in the fundamental worth of a broad exposure to intellectual and artistic achievement, and to the best that has been thought and said about the world and our place in it. An Albion College education introduces students to classical modes of analysis, interpretation, and argument; to unfolding scientific inquiry into the nature of the physical world; and to the ways in which contemporary debates derive from and extend an historical but continuing dialogue about enduring questions.

In recruiting new members to the Albion College community, the College seeks individuals who are purpose driven, committed to belonging, and have a bias for action. Albion is on the move and it wants entrepreneurial thinkers, ready to innovate and lead higher education with it. Albion is becoming a learning organization where new things are tried, regularly. It is becoming a place where it relishes the learning form failure because it leads to better strategic choices moving forward. It arise a place where all are reaching for a horizon that is big, bold, and possible because it is achieving the impossible every day.

A liberal arts education, by definition, should liberate minds. This process is enhanced in a community that is committed to educational equity, diversity, and unrestricted inquiry. Albion College seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation, and caring for all members of its community. Albion College condemns all forms of discrimination and harassment, while reaffirming its commitment to academic free speech. It also commits itself to the recruitment and retention of both women and minority faculty, staff, and students, the integration of cultural diversity in the curriculum, and the development of a truly inclusive multicultural campus environment.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial experience in development, preferably within higher education. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be no more than two pages in length and responsive to Albion College's liberal arts mission and commitment to academic excellence. Preference will be given to candidates that are able to articulate a commitment to actively promoting diversity, belonging, and equity.