The Institute of World Politics
The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of
national security and international affairs, dedicated to
developing leaders with a sound understanding of international
realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge
and appreciation of the founding principles of the American
political economy and the Western moral tradition. Our employees
enjoy a flexible work environment, great benefits, and a real
opportunity to make a difference. We are looking to grow our
talented team of professionals and scholar-practitioners. Join our
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Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement -
Reporting directly to the President on matters of strategy and
the execution of IWP’s fundraising activities, as well as serving
as part of the IWP senior management team, the Senior Vice
President of Institutional Advancement is responsible for the
growth of IWP's donor base and fundraising activities to help
achieve long-term financial viability of the Institute in alignment
with IWP’s strategic plan. This role designs and assures
implementation of cost-effective fund development programs,
employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality
and solid return on investment. This position meets with, and
solicits donations from, individual donors, foundations and
corporations. The Senior Vice President of Institutional
Advancement is responsible for management of all aspects of
regulatory compliance with state and local fundraising statutes and
regulations, including maintaining all necessary permits and
The position will report to the Executive Vice President on
business functions to ensure that proper governance, personnel, and
financial controls are followed. To perform in this position
successfully, an individual must be able to complete each essential
duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business
- Assures proper planning, including goal setting, strategy
identification, benchmarking and evaluation to support fund
- Develops and implements a multifaceted fundraising program to
achieve fundraising targets as set by the IWP Board and
- Manages and grows IWP's legacy donation program.
- Manages IWP's Chancellor's Council program and provides support
to local chapters in respect to fundraising events.
- Provides weekly activity reports, including weekly and
month-by-month forecasts of anticipated donations, to the
President, EVP and IWP Business Office.
- Manages all Institutional Advancement staff and their
activities in accordance with the department's work plan.
This includes setting performance metrics for all staff, including
individual annual fundraising targets.
- Assures sound fiscal operation of development function
including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of
charitable contributions, income and expense budgets, reporting,
monitoring, and implementation.
- Combines development resources in such a way as to maximize
quantity and quality to obtain a set of results.
- Provides assistance to board members, senior leaders, other
fundraising volunteers and staff to identify, cultivate and solicit
- Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization, involving
staff, faculty, and volunteers, where possible.
- Works with IWP Senior management and outside PR consultants on
development and implementation of IWP's Strategic Branding &
- Works with the IWP Board Development Committee and IWP Advisory
Board on institutional advancement matters.
- Assures development and writing of foundation, corporate,
government proposals and solicitation materials.
- Oversees design and maintenance of donor and prospect records,
gift management systems, and informational reports.
- Assures appropriate prospect research.
- Maintains design and implementation of cultivation,
acknowledgment, and recognition programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes
This position reports to the President and serves as a part of
the IWP senior management team. Within the organization, the
position has primary relationships with the financial operation,
senior management staff, faculty, and program staff. Outside the
agency, the position coordinates with the governing board,
fundraising volunteers, donors, and other funding sources.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- 10+ years of progressively successful fundraising experience,
preferably in higher education, or commensurate training or
experience in comparable complex environments.
- 5+ years of relevant work experience in higher education
or related non-profit setting.
Knowledge, Skills and
- Excellent managerial, supervisory and training
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
with the ability to handle multiple tasks.
- Demonstrates a history of building relationships through
fostering enthusiasm and mutual trust, candor and respect, and
strong partnerships with others to achieve goals.
- Ability to work independently, but collaboratively, as part of
a goal-oriented team.
- Must be able to work productively with colleagues across the
- Demonstrates leadership and effectiveness in developing a
long-term strategic vision and accomplishing organizational and
- Results-oriented, able to see concepts and ideas through to
implementation with the assistance of key constituencies;
demonstrates a strong ability to set and meet deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of DonorPerfect
(or equivalent), Microsoft Office suite, internet and e-mail
- Ability to read and understand technical forms and financial
- Demonstrates creativity, adaptability, and strong communication
- Excellent critical-thinking skills and use of sound
- Skills relevant to establishing and maintaining successful
partnerships with alumni, parents, faculty/staff, administration,
members of the community, and other stakeholders.
- Ability to interpret data, distinguish nuances, and evaluate
multiple courses of action.
- Ability to take initiative, balance multiple projects and set
- Ability to communicate difficult/sensitive information.
- General office environment
- Hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to
- Travel: Moderate travel required
- Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the
- Needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access
file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
- Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity
- The person in this position frequently communicates with
executives, governing board, and donors. Must be able to
exchange accurate information in these situations.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should apply on IWP's career website here:
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those
candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.