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Vice President for Advancement

Franklin & Marshall College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 14, 2022

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), a leading national liberal arts college, in the search for a vice president for advancement.

Reporting to the president, the vice president for advancement will lead the College’s engagement and fundraising activities in support of the College’s new strategic plan and beyond. The vice president will serve as a key partner in achieving the College’s strategic objectives, in institution-wide alumni engagement efforts, fundraising, and in engaging students, families, and the Lancaster community of partners and friends. The vice president will work closely with the president while providing expert consultation and staff support to trustee committees, and strong leadership and management for the Division of College Advancement. The vice president will have lead responsibility for planning and executing the College’s next capital campaign.

Founded in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal arts education. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its aims are to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social, and cultural worlds in which they live. In so doing, the College seeks to foster in its students the qualities of intellect, creativity, and character, that they may live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world. Franklin & Marshall College alumni are an integral part of the life and continued success of the College, and growing alumni engagement is an important priority of the institution’s new strategic plan.

F&M continues to be recognized for innovative academic excellence and the opportunities it provides to its student body of approximately 2,200. F&M offers 60 fields of study spanning the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences with an emphasis on the intersecting and cross-disciplinary nature of a successful liberal arts education. At F&M, a key element of the liberal arts model encourages students to explore a variety of courses and disciplines before selecting a major. Starting with a general education course called “Connections,” the College’s curriculum encourages students to make connections throughout their four-year student experience.

F&M has made a strong commitment to institutional diversity in all forms. F&M knows that smart and driven young people are found in every segment of the American economy and in every community across the country. F&M was an inaugural member of the American Talent Initiative, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-supported collaboration between the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R, and a growing alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. ATI members, all of which graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years, have joined together to address this challenge. Fifteen years ago, F&M’s trustees committed to an aggressive growth strategy for student aid, and since then, F&M has increased its annual financial aid budget to more than $63 million. F&M extends financial aid to international students, as well, who make up more than 20% of the student body.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of progressive responsibility in development or advancement, preferably in a higher education environment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Franklin & Marshall College, include information about involvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion work as well as address the more specific responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

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