Vice President for Advancement
Coe College seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial and
experienced leader to serve as its Vice President for
Founded in 1851, Coe is a national, residential liberal arts
college offering a broad array of programs in the arts, sciences
and professions. The campus encompasses nearly 70 acres in the
heart of Iowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids, and is adjacent
to the MedQuarter Regional Medical District.
A member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), Coe
enrolls 1,400 students and has appropriately 415 full- and
part-time employees, including nearly 90 full-time faculty members
and 180 full-time staff members. The college offers over 60 areas
of study. Coe has enjoyed positive momentum in recent years. Over
the last eight years, it has seen the eight largest incoming
classes and full-time enrollment in its history. It currently has
the most diverse student body and faculty and staff in its history.
The college has operated with balanced budgets for the last eight
years, and has nurtured surpluses that are projected to help blunt
the disruption of the pandemic. The college’s fundraising has
increased by 20% over the last five years.
Serving as an executive officer of the college and key member of
the President’s senior team, the vice president is responsible for
designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement
programs and recruiting and developing talented team members
focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing
constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. This includes
responsibility for annual fund, corporate and foundation relations,
major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and
alumni and constituent relations efforts, C3: Creativity, Careers,
Community, stewardship and advancement services.
The successful candidate will have a deep and robust record of
major gift fundraising, both as a gift officer and as a leader of
fundraising programs, operations and people. Relevant experience
should be in environments of similar complexity to that of a higher
educational institution that attends to the considerations of
multiple stakeholders. In addition to modeling servient leadership
in a student centric community, the next vice president must be
committed to advancing institutional diversity, equity and
The new vice president takes the helm at a critical time for Coe
at the start of David Hayes’ tenure as the 16th president of
the college. Hayes is the immediate past vice president for
advancement, having nurtured significantly improved fundraising
performance and engagement over the last seven years. He stands as
an experienced partner to the vice president for advancement and is
committed to supporting fundraising operations and efforts. The
vice president will be expected to launch and guide a comprehensive
national campaign with specific emphasis on growing Coe’s
While engagement with the Cedar Rapids community is at an
all-time high, there remain abundant opportunities to further
connect Coe students, faculty and staff to resources in the
surrounding community. This work will expand the Coe experience for
students in addition to increasing the financial investments in Coe
by area friends and partners. The VP shall coordinate the work of
the innovative and nationally recognized C3: Creativity, Careers,
Community which provides a front door to Coe and the Cedar Rapids
For more information, please contact Human Resources
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a
CV/professional resume that includes at least five (5)
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Leads the overall fundraising strategy consistent with
budgetary plans, including annual fundraising activities, planned
gifts activities, and capital campaigns as set forth by the
college’s strategic plan.
- Leads and develops a highly effective team of people who make
successful and lasting contributions to the college’s mission and
- Actively engages with and manages a portfolio of prospects,
including personal cultivation, solicitation, closing of gifts, and
- Supports the President in the President’s advancement
activities, managing engagement of prospects for major college
priorities, providing research, and conferring on strategies.
- Supports Board members and other leading volunteers in
advancement activities, managing engagement of prospects for major
college priorities, providing research, and conferring on
- Serves as an active member of Coe’s senior leadership team and
maintains close working relationships with members of the Board of
Trustees, representing the college as a whole in the important
deliberations of these two groups as they advise the President.
Coordinates and directs the Trusteeship and Advancement committees
of the Board of Trustees.
- Maintains strong and collaborative relationships with a diverse
group of vice presidents and faculty/staff leadership.
- Oversees the programs of alumni relations and parent giving to
engage alumni and parents effectively in the life of the
- Ensures the efficient planning and execution of such college
events as Homecoming, and other advancement activities, both on and
- Establishes policies with regard to effective and appropriate
management of the college’s advancement database.
- Devises and implements multichannel internal and external
messaging and methods of advancement communication.
- Oversee C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center to ensure
high impact programming and advance strategies for engaging alumni
and community members with our students and the college
- Serves as an advocate for Coe in the community, with local
leaders, business and corporate partners, and other leaders to
build relationships that closely link the community to Coe.
- Provide leadership of Advancement Services, ensuring CRM and
college systems procure relevant and accurate data.
- Baccalaureate degree required, with a master’s or professional
- 10 years of demonstrated success leading advancement operation,
preferably in the higher education arena or comparable
- Successful completion of a background check in accordance with
Coe College policy.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
- Excellent communication skills; the ability to collaborate with
colleagues on campus and a diverse array of stakeholders off
campus; a sound understanding of liberal arts colleges,
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and the ability to work
collaboratively and effectively with faculty, staff, and
- Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of a residential,
liberal arts college with an understanding of trends and issues in
the field of higher education.
- Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability
to affect favorable sophisticated volunteers and donors.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the
ability to advance college culture and fundraising connected to
- Dedication to the educational mission of a private, residential
liberal arts college.
- Ability to maintain positive relationships in a collaborative
and diverse team atmosphere.
- Commitment to excellent customer and/or student service.
- Demonstrated ethical and responsible decision making.
- Consistent attendance and accountability necessary to meet
Working Conditions and Physical
- Office environment on campus.
- Extensive travel domestically with occasional travel