Vice President for Advancement
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Come To
Believe Network in the search for a Vice President for
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President for Advancement will join an early stage, startup organization that is innovating a new model of higher education, addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Vice President for Advancement will utilize entrepreneurial drive, excellent communication skills, and strategic and organizational skills to expand the influence and impact of Come To Believe. The Come To Believe Network aspires to hire team members from historically underrepresented communities consistent with its mission.
Come To Believe provides higher education institutions with an innovative, results-oriented college model that is inclusive and accessible to students who are often underrepresented at selective universities. The Come To Believe (“CTB”) model is based on its first network school, Arrupe College at Loyola University of Chicago, established in 2015.
The CTB model is a results-oriented, affordable two-year commuter program offering associate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, designed to ensure that students complete their degrees with little to no debt and are prepared for either a four-year higher educational institution or the workforce. The model serves students who are first-generation, Pell-eligible, or undocumented, and serves as a bridge for students with academic potential. The program is housed in and hosted by a higher education institution that is accessible to a high population of Pell-eligible student commuters, and which provides the college with shared resources. The CTB model college has its own highly-engaged full-time faculty that teach most classes, provide face-to-face instruction, and service as academic advisors in a holistic student approach. Students are taught on a year-round academic calendar to support student engagement and retention, and credits align with four-year program requirements so degrees are portable. Completion rates are outstanding: 75% of graduates who entered a four-year institution completed a bachelor’s degree in five years. Nationally, only 14% of students who begin at two-year programs complete a bachelor’s degree within six years.
The Come To Believe Network provides advisory services for new Come To Believe-model colleges, guiding college and host university leaders through the process of implementation and launch. Through data collection and analysis and by hosting conferences and think tanks, The Come To Believe Network provides opportunities to share best practices and problem-solving techniques. Host institutions benefit from such resources as they launch their programs and sustain them successfully. The Come To Believe Network also provides tools for marketing, both storytelling and statistics, that highlight the social impact of the model. The Come To Believe Network’s expertise includes enrollment management, curriculum development, mentoring and counseling, financial management, student placement, board effectiveness, and advancement and alumni relations.
The Vice President for Advancement must have a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion and at least five years of experience in advancement or a similar role that provides the opportunity to increase contributed revenue. Experience working in higher education is preferred as is knowledge of the New York City market. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Come To Believe including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and higher education access.