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Vice President for Alumni, Development, and Communication

Lawrence University
Wisconsin, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Lawrence University in the search for a Vice President for Alumni, Development, and Communications.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Alumni and Development, the Vice President for Alumni, Development, and Communications will serve as the university's chief development officer, assuming overall planning and management responsibility for the relationships between the university's external constituencies with particular emphasis on fundraising. 

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding, Lawrence University remains a private, residential, liberal arts college with a music conservatory. Nearly 1,500 students, who come from every state and 40 countries, choose between studying in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or the Conservatory of Music. Dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education, Lawrence University boasts one of the smallest student-faculty ratios in the country (8:1). Students are provided with four-degree options and 65 majors, minors, and programs to identify their passion. And for those wishing to take their studies beyond Wisconsin, Lawrence University offers more than 50 study abroad programs in 30 countries around the world. If the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment is a priority, funding is available for ground-breaking research projects as well as internships. The Lawrence University Vikings field 20 athletic teams, competing at the Division III level in the Midwest Conference. Life after Lawrence for the more than 20,000 alumni is just as bright, with 98% of graduates either employed or continuing education within six months of graduation.

Since its founding as the first co-educational institution in Wisconsin, Lawrence University has provided a top-class education. U.S. News &World Report ranks Lawrence #62 among the best national liberal arts colleges, 36th for the best value, #44 for best undergraduate teaching, and 54th for best first-year experience in the nation. The Princeton Review also named Lawrence University as one of the best colleges in the nation, and it also appeared on the Best Green Colleges, Best Midwestern Colleges, and Best Value Colleges lists. In 2020, INSIGHT Into Diversity recognized Lawrence as one of 90 recipients of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Recognized as the top liberal arts college in Wisconsin, Lawrence University has produced 77 Watson Fellows since 1969. The New York Times has included Lawrence University in its best-selling college guide, Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. The renowned Conservatory of Music is no less impressive, gaining several accolades of its own. The Jazz program earned the Downbeat Award for its ability to creatively make music amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Two faculty members, the students they direct, and three alumni were honored with The American Prize Awards in 2021. And the Lawrence University Concert Choir and Cantala were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s Midwest conference, one of only 16 choirs from the region to be accepted.

Its mission statement affirms that Lawrence University is committed to the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, the cultivation of sound judgment, and respect for the perspectives of others. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to this commitment and to the objective of preparing all Lawrentians for lives of engaged citizenship in a global society. As one of the first institutions in the nation to be founded co-educational, the ideal of inclusivity at Lawrence stretches back to its earliest days. In the 170-plus years since its founding, its shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion has grown and changed, and its efforts to enhance the learning environment and community experience have deepened.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position, as is at least ten years of fundraising leadership administration experience, preferably within a college or university setting. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Lawrence University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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