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Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement (Flexible Location)

Mary Baldwin University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin University in the search for an Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement.

Working collaboratively with the Vice President for University Advancement, the Associate Vice President will have the opportunity to craft and develop creative strategies for the engagement of the university’s 20,000 alumni around the country. Mary Baldwin University (MBU) has entered a time of unprecedented growth and momentum. Since the fall of 2019, great strides have been made to build quality alumni programming both in seat and virtually, with a new alumni website and expanded volunteer engagement to support its work. In the summer of 2020, MBU was nominated for the best Virtual Engagement Program in the nation by CAMMP (Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Programs) competing against the likes of Texas A&M and the University of Utah. The university strives to be the University for Life for its alumni and the next leader will chart a bold path to ensure its success as chief strategist in the development of meaningful programs. The new Associate Vice President will lead, mentor, and coach a small and dedicated team, while serving as a key member of the Advancement Division’s leadership team.

Mary Baldwin University is a small, private university enrolling 2,184 students in online and in-seat programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. With 106 full-time faculty members, the university is organized into three academic colleges: the Palmer College of Professional Studies; the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences; and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1842, MBU began with a then-revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. Namesake and co-founder Mary Julia Baldwin devoted her life to that mission, stewarding the institution through the Civil War and transforming it into a thriving women’s college by the end of her remarkable life.

Under the leadership of President Pamela R. Fox, the recent years of MBU’s evolution have continued this legacy of innovation. The College of Health Sciences opened in 2014 with a custom-designed flagship building that reflects MBU’s dedication to interprofessional healthcare education and advanced instructional technology. In 2016, the institution became a university to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. A strategic shift in 2017 brought full coeducational status as the first men enrolled in residential programs on the Staunton campus.

Maintaining a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout its programming and offerings, the university launched overarching new initiatives in 2020 to support its diverse student body, including the appointment of an inaugural Chief Diversity Officer in summer 2021.

U.S. News & World Report ranks MBU among the nation’s Top Performers for Social Mobility, and Washington Monthly lists MBU among the Best Bang for the Buck, Southeast Colleges. MBU’s entrepreneurial spirit drives its unprecedented growth and momentum, underpinned by a radical belief in student potential and the power of educational opportunity. The university community together strives to push forward new methods and innovative programs in higher education to help meet student and societal needs.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least five years of progressive experience in building alumni programs. Competency with Raiser’s Edge database system is desired. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to mission of Mary Baldwin University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

Mary Baldwin University is in Staunton, Virginia. Candidates desiring a remote/hybrid appointment will be considered. Preference will be given to those who live in the mid-Atlantic region and are able to be on campus occasionally with a reasonable drive.

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