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Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Program Director and Assistant Professor of Philanthropy

The American College of Financial Services
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 10, 2022

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Position Type
Programs, Program Administration and Management
Community Foundations, Education, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® Program Director manages all facets of the CAP® program, including but not limited to the design, development, evaluation, and operation of the CAP® program consisting of three Masters-level courses. The PD will be responsible for identifying, selecting, and overseeing faculty/SMEs, and ensuring CAP® program courses are maintained and revised as needed to ensure the curriculum is current and accurate and delivered following best practices. The PD will work closely with the instructional design team to allocate instructional designers to work with faculty/SMEs to maintain, revise, and innovate course content and delivery. The incumbent will serve as a talent scout, identifying and managing Adjuncts and Subject Matter Experts for content development and instructional delivery. The PD will also manage CAP® related staff and Study Group Moderators. The PD maintains strong relationships with the CAP® Advisory Board and volunteer CAP® Study Group Moderators. They will be responsible for articulating an innovative vision for recruiting and diversifying CAP® students and expanding into new markets and audiences, including different types of nonprofits and advisors.

Reporting to the Associate Provost, the Program Director will be called upon to:

  • Demonstrate strong abilities to teach practitioner-students
  • Create an environment that facilitates a compelling, shared vision of the program with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proactively research and track trends of the philanthropic sector
  • Promote an inclusive and culturally competent environment with a solid commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse adjunct faculty, staff, and students
  • Serve as spokesperson for the program and build partnerships and alliances across industry associations
  • Effectively link the CAP® program to the broader mission of the College
  • Foster a culture of collaboration within the eight Centers of Excellence, in particular, the Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact
  • Support the Advancement Department in fundraising for the program's mission and goals

This position is housed within the Academics Department and will be an integral part of the team focused on aligning teaching, academic technology, and faculty development to meet the mission of the College. The Director, CAP® is a planning and strategic role that engages with the other Academic leaders and Program Directors. The position is not accountable for the execution of strategic implementation. The American College is a leader in financial planning education and the applicant will have a strong interest in maintaining the quality and relevance of our educational delivery through faculty initiatives.

This position will require some travel to the main campus in King of Prussia, PA, as well as to speaking engagements and occasional in-person instruction.

Expected Contributions:


    Have overall responsibility for the CAP® designation Monitor the education needs of both nonprofit gift planners and professional advisors Actively seek feedback from client companies, industry experts, and internal college stakeholders Support the program via working with Study Group Moderators, working with the CAP® Advisory Board, and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders Be active in at least one professional association for advisors, such as Advisors in Philanthropy, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Purposeful Planning Institute, Financial Planning Association, or Association of Advanced Life Underwriters. Also, be active in at least one professional association for nonprofit gift planners, such as Advancement Network, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Certified Fundraising Executive, or National Association of Gift Planners


    Master current course content across the curriculum, and have managerial responsibility for the accuracy, relevance, and timeliness of all course revisions Teach one course in the program Maintain the quality in curriculum on an ongoing basis, working in conjunction with the AVP of Curriculum Quality Provide input into developing and executing the marketing strategy for the CAP® designation program and remain in close contact with Business Development to ensure the program generates revenue consistently Align research, professional speaking, and thought leadership efforts to the CAP® Recruit and manage subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist with course revisions Research subject matter for course(s) Provide subject matter expertise in other designation programs as needed Actively participate in continuing education seminars and programs in related subject areas


    Develop instructional material and update previously prepared material to reflect and incorporate best practices financial professionals apply to marketing, communication skills, financial planning, financial products, practice management and technology Oversee the delivery of the courses in the program
      Vet and train moderators to facilitate in-person and online classes Cultivate relationships with moderators Respond to moderator and student questions and concerns
  Essential Qualifications & Competencies
    Ph.D., Masters, J.D. CPA, or J.D/LLM is preferred Completion of CAP® is required AEP®, MSFP, CFP, CFRE, CSPG, or ChFC® is preferred Prior higher education teaching experience is preferred Fifteen or more years of experience preferred with an emphasis in financial services, nonprofit fundraising, and/or philanthropy advising. Generally, the ideal candidate has a broad understanding of philanthropy, nonprofit gift planning, and financial services evidenced by publications in academic journals, trade/industry journals, leadership positions in professional associations, and speaking engagements, as well as by work history, academic degrees, and professional designations. The position is entrepreneurial and requires an agile and creative mind, able and willing to create a personal synthesis across relevant gift planning disciplines. The incumbent should work well with innovative instructional designers to adapt the program to changing College requirements and the changing sensibilities of our audiences. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate with and present to varied audiences, including faculty and program leaders, students, advisors, nonprofit leaders, and consumers/donors. The ability to manage a team remotely.


The American College of Financial Services is committed to applying financial education through teaching, research, and innovation in program delivery and design. As a nonprofit, accredited education institution, our courses are researched and written by a faculty of the nation's top thought leaders in personal finance. To learn more, visit The American College.

In policy and practice, we encourage diversity and provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Effective April 1, 2022 The American College will require all Faculty and Professional Staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.

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