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Vice President for Advancement

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 27, 2022

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Nebraska Wesleyan University in the search for a Vice President for Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement will play a leadership role in the transformation of Nebraska Wesleyan University's culture of philanthropy through the implementation of a strategic fundraising program, including a comprehensive resources campaign. The Vice President will design and lead development programs that strengthen Nebraska Wesleyan’s resource base while engaging alumni, parents, friends, corporate and foundation leaders, church partners, and community leaders. The Vice President will manage all development offices including the Archway Fund (annual giving), planned and capital giving, externally funded grants, stewardship, research, and development support services. The Vice President will partner with the President and the Board of Governors to establish productive relationships with leadership donors and volunteers. Furthermore, the Vice President will design, implement, and launch a comprehensive campaign that will secure support for Nebraska Wesleyan’s strategic priorities and serve as an opportunity to set new standards and expectations for the philanthropic culture of the University—preparing and training a generation of volunteer leaders; broadening the leadership donor base; integrating all components of the advancement program; expanding the engagement of alumni and friends; upgrading the professional donor-research capability; and improving database management, reporting, and other development services.

Nebraska Wesleyan University is a thriving, growing comprehensive, liberal arts-based institution with approximately 1,600 traditional, adult, and graduate students. Its academic programs are rooted in an enduring commitment to excellence; a belief in the power of personal attention, teaching, and learning; and a strong tradition of shared governance. It has a long history of producing remarkable results with modest resources. Chartered by Methodists in 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan has an ongoing, beneficial relationship today with the United Methodist Church.

Nebraska Wesleyan offers five baccalaureate degrees and students choose from over 130 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. The general education Archway Curriculum ensures that every student has an experience-rich education through internships, research projects, service learning or study abroad. The curriculum integrates learning across disciplinary boundaries, enhances learning through non-classroom experiences, and weaves skill development throughout the academic program. The Archway Curriculum has been nationally heralded within higher education as a progressive model of liberal learning for the 21st century.

The University is guided by its new multi-year strategic plan, which launched in fall 2021. The plan affirms an unchanging commitment to deliver an outstanding, student-centered, transformative education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. At the same time, the plan underscores the necessity of investment in new and enhanced facilities, the latest technology, and the faculty and staff whose skills and dedication make student success possible.

All diverse worldviews belong in its Wesleyan community. Diversity encompasses the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability, or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. Diversity and inclusion are core values of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission, and it embraces diversity as a source of strength.

Nebraska Wesleyan has received favorable recognition in U.S. News & World Report, which has placed NWU in the Regional Universities-Midwest category since 2016, following its recent growth as a comprehensive university. NWU is in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities named to this category, ranking 22nd among 157 institutions. Nebraska Wesleyan has also been recognized favorably by The Princeton Review, Forbes, Colleges of Distinction, Washington Monthly, and Money Magazine, as well as being named a military-friendly school.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least seven years of senior advancement experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission and vision of Nebraska Wesleyan University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Applicants are highly encouraged to demonstrate how they can enhance and embrace the University's core values of excellence, liberal arts, personal attention to students, diversity, community, and stewardship in a diversity statement submitted as part of their cover letter.

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