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Vice President for Advancement

Valparaiso University
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 29, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Valparaiso University in the search for a Vice President for Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement will lead the advancement team towards its vision of being a premier fundraising enterprise built upon outstanding alumni and donor engagement. The Vice President will drive fundraising, alumni relations, and career services, support the philanthropic engagement of the Board of Directors and University friends, and support the President’s fundraising activities. The Vice President will assume responsibility for a broad and complex set of initiatives related to the philanthropic priorities and activities of the University. The Vice President will actively develop the growing institutional advancement team, formalizing and enacting a plan for the University’s next comprehensive campaign. The Vice President will utilize data and quantitative metrics to set and measure goals and build relationships with an active and engaged alumni network, while working to leverage the involvement of University partners in fundraising.

Valparaiso University (Valpo) is an independent Lutheran school with a reputation for extraordinary academics, as well as a bright, energetic spirit. Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate majors in five colleges and more than 20 graduate programs. With an average class size of 21, the University boasts a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The University offers study abroad opportunities with dedicated study centers in England, Germany, Costa Rica, and China, and additional opportunities available in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Central and South America. Valparaiso University athletics field seven men’s and ten women’s teams in NCAA Division I competition as part of the Missouri Valley Conference, Pioneer League, and Mid-American Conference. Over 100 co-curricular organizations provide opportunities to get involved outside the classroom, and a focus on community involvement is evidenced by the more than 247,000 combined hours of community outreach and service-learning opportunities performed by students.

Valparaiso University works towards a mission that focuses on both the academic and spiritual journeys of its students. Valpo provides a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith—preparing students to lead and serve in both church and society. It prides itself on being a welcoming community for all faiths, built on values of mutual respect, positive regard, and academic freedom. The University also strives to foster a lifelong commitment to the search for truth in its students and has a student-initiated honor system. It maintains a collaborative system of university governance which assigns students considerable responsibility for residential and social life.

As an institution that sets high standards for its students and faculty, Valparaiso University consistently achieves national recognition for best teaching and value and as one of the best universities in the Midwest. The Princeton Review ranked Valpo number five for best green MBA in 2022. U.S. News & World Report has ranked it one of the top ten regional universities in the Midwest and it is currently listed among the best nationally ranked colleges. The same publication named the University as the number one best value and number five for best undergraduate teaching in the Midwest in 2019. Valpo regularly appears in Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” list. It is also listed as one of the best colleges in Indiana by

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least seven years of progressive responsibility and leadership in institutional advancement. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Valparaiso University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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