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Executive Vice President, Shepherd University Foundation

Shepherd University Foundation
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 3, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Membership, Other Fundraising
Education, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Shepherd University in the search for an Executive Vice President, Shepherd University Foundation.

Reporting to the President, Shepherd University Foundation, the Executive Vice President, Shepherd University Foundation will assume the overall management, strategic leadership, and full responsibility of chief executive officer of the Shepherd University Foundation while serving as chief development officer for the University. In this role, the Executive Vice President will assume responsibility for leading all fundraising activities including targeted and comprehensive campaigns with oversight for donor relations and stewardship, corporate relations, alumni relations, annual giving, major gifts, advancement research, communications, and social media. In addition, the Executive Vice President will manage all Foundation accounting operations and internal and external reporting for investments, custodial accounts, and charitable gifts to the Foundation for the benefit of Shepherd University.

Since 1871, Shepherd University has grown to become a regional leader as a public liberal arts college. Nestled high above the Potomac River in West Virginia’s oldest town, the beautiful campus is home to more than 3,100 students, most of whom come from in-state or surrounding Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Shepherd offers more than 80 programs of study and boasts a 14:1 student to faculty ratio. Currently offering seven undergraduate degrees and six masters, the University is also a military-friendly campus as a broad partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, with more than 120 veterans and dependents enrolled. As an NCAA Division II member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Shepherd fields 15 athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a focus on student community service. Being only 65 miles from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Shepherd offers a variety of internship and job opportunities in national and international industries.

Shepherd University is a service focused community of learners viewed as the regional center for academic, cultural, and economic opportunity. The guiding tenets of teaching, scholarship, and learning are integrated across the University. With core values centered around meaningful engagement with all ideas and people, Shepherd strives to be transparent at all levels. Through implementation of innovative programs and initiatives, it delivers on the aim to prepare graduates to think broadly and critically while actively engaging in civic service and global citizenship. Shepherd University has a proud history of outstanding faculty. Since 1987, 12 faculty members have been named as West Virginia Professor of the Year, or finalists for this prestigious award, the most recent in 2019.

In its 60th year, Shepherd University Foundation supports Shepherd University with a mission to ensure educational opportunities for deserving students and to enhance the academic excellence of the University. Led by the Executive Vice President, and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation strives to raise support for the students and faculty of Shepherd University. From its beginnings as a small collaborative effort by university leaders, the Shepherd University Foundation has grown to have an impressive endowment, currently over $32 million. The University’s significant growth over the past three decades speaks to the commitment and dedication of not only Foundation directors, but also the Shepherd community of alumni and supporters.

Shepherd University believes in the generation of respect for and shared dignity in learning, working, living, and social environments where any individual or group can grow intellectually, participate inclusively, and feel welcome, respected, supported, and valued by sharing their words and actions. Shepherd commits to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that its campus is a place where differences are welcomed and included.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of progressive leadership experience within a non-profit foundation or similar organization. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Shepherd University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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