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Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Berkshire Community College
Massachusetts, United States
$120,000.00 - $135,000.00
Closing date
Dec 20, 2022

The Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA), in partnership with the College President and Berkshire Community College Foundation, provides executive leadership and for the overall design, development, and implementation of internal and external fundraising efforts on behalf of Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the Foundation. The VPIA works in tandem with the College President, and the BCC Foundation Board of Directors to strengthen relationships with all constituency's groups, including businesses to cultivate other gift opportunities. They develop and implement comprehensive institutional advancement efforts that support the priorities of the College's Strategic Plan, with a focus on major gifts and planned giving, growing the Foundation's endowment, developing a capital campaign plan, supporting student financial needs through scholarships, emergency funds, special focus projects, and enhancing donor cultivation and stewardship. The VPIA will support the efforts of the College's Foundation, and its committees, in achieving its annual and long-term goals.

This position advances College initiatives in the community by promoting the mission, direction, and goals of the College. The VPIA will collaborate with OLLI at Berkshire Community College on fundraising, planned gifts and database management. The VPIA is a member of the College's Executive Council and will serve on the President's Cabinet, and reports to the President.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Experience implementing and supporting a strategic plan with focus on customized fund raising efforts to support specific initiatives.  
  • Bachelor's required, Master's preferred in a complementary discipline with at least 6 years of fundraising/development leadership experience or similar work experience.
  • Record of significant career achievement in most aspects of development, including capital campaigns, major gifts, corporate/foundation relations, annual giving, events, and planned giving. 
  • Interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for fundraising and building relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage effective and cooperative relationships with existing and prospective donors or possesses similar experience in relationship building.
  • Skill in relating/matching needs of the institution to interests of individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Creative skills and experience in producing innovative written and web materials that is timely and impactful to stimulate interest from potential funding sources.
  • Strong management, organizational, and interpersonal skills to communicate and work effectively with individual donors, corporations and foundations, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
  • Ability to record, track and mine data in a digital format. Computer literacy and experience with fundraising databases required, experience with Raiser's Edge preferred.
  • Commitment to and understanding of the community college mission.
  • Possess high energy, a positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; possess a high degree of initiative and a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and assume leadership to bring events and projects to a successful conclusion.

The Institutional Advancement team, led by the VPIA, includes the Director of Alumni Relations & Events, and an Administrative Assistant. The College is reviewing reporting lines; this newly formed division may change with the arrival of the VPIA.

Additional Information:

Source of Funding: State Funded
Salary:  $120,000 - $135,000
Area of Assignment: Office of the President
Effective Date: January 2023                                                                                             

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates may apply in complete confidence by sending a cover letter that specifically addresses the above qualifications, a detailed resume, a writing sample related to philanthropy, and up to two pages detailing previous direct experience and results in a fundraising effort.  Those selected as finalists will be required to provide the names, titles, institutions, and business and home phone numbers of three references.

Application review begins on November 30, 2022 and continues until the position is filled. 

To apply, visit the Berkshire Community College Job Board

Pursuant to the Clery Act of 1990 a copy of Berkshire Community College's security report is available on the BCC Website.

BCC is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment that values the diverse backgrounds of all people and encourages applications from individuals whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.

Berkshire Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service, and national origin in its education programs or employment. All inquiries concerning application of the above should be directed to Melissa Loiodice-Walker, Executive Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer, and Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, at 413-236-1022, Susan B. Anthony Annex Building, Room A19.

About Berkshire Community College:

Berkshire Community College (BCC) has the distinction of being the first community college established in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nestled in the scenic Berkshire Hills, our nearly 2,000 students have access to a wide range of career and transfer programs on our newly renovated campus. Occupying a scenic 180-acre property, just minutes from downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC provides students from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with an intimate learning environment, small class sizes, and much opportunity for interaction with faculty. Berkshire County was home to many forward-thinking historic figures including, W.E.B. DuBois, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman, all of whom were pioneers of social justice. The Berkshires contain both rural and urban elements, combining a beautiful natural environment with world class museums and other cultural opportunities. Pittsfield and Berkshire County continue to evolve, with immigrants from over 70 countries now calling the Berkshires their home. BCC seeks to recruit diverse employees who embrace, as well as demonstrate, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.

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