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Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 16, 2022

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Position Type
Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the search for a Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will oversee the institutional advancement activities of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), including fundraising, communications, and broad and meaningful relationship-building with donors, prospective donors, sponsors, alumni, volunteers, city and community representatives, and the general public. The Vice President will work in concert with the President and senior leadership to refine and implement a comprehensive advancement program for MCAD, including oversight of the work of all institutional advancement staff while supporting the goals of the College's recently approved strategic plan, Forming and Transforming MCAD's Adaptive Strategy.

Founded in 1886, MCAD is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education. MCAD is located in the heart of the rich art and design community of the Twin Cities and is home to more than 800 students. A four-year, nonprofit, private college with the highest level of accreditation for a school of its kind, MCAD offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages in areas, including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts, and media arts.  MCAD’s four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all art and design colleges.

MCAD emboldens creative, cultural leaders to collaboratively transform society through equity, empathy, and imagination. MCAD provides a transformative education within a community of support for creative students of all backgrounds to work, collaborate, and lead with confidence in a dynamic, interconnected world. Including Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists, and Guggenheim fellows, MCAD alumni are successful and make an impact. They set new standards across a broad range of creative careers, from independent artist and corporate designer, to starting companies and shaping emerging industries.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement with a commitment to the mission of Minneapolis College of Art and Design; evidence of successful fundraising in the arts, and/or higher education, at the national level — including experience with a capital campaign and major gift solicitations; a capacity to lead and succeed in a collaborative environment; successful experience working with a President/CEO, trustees, and colleagues; experience using technology and process improvements to move forward faster and more efficiently; an ability to think analytically and plan strategically, with independent judgment and initiative; strong problem solving skills and technical aptitude; and an ability to facilitate communication and collaborate across departments. A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of experience in advancement/development, including at least five years leading the advancement function within a nonprofit or higher education organization. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

It is MCAD's official policy to provide equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and campus life. It does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. MCAD is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). (  

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