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Vice President of Advancement

Mary Baldwin University
Virginia, United States
$200,000.00 - $225,000.00
Closing date
Oct 25, 2023

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin University in the search for a Vice President of Advancement.

Mary Baldwin University seeks an innovative leader hungry for an opportunity to modernize and grow advancement at an entrepreneurial institution which serves to launch predominantly first generation, low income, students of color. The university has also carved out reputational quality in online and health sciences professional programs and is growing those areas as compelling parts of its enterprise. The successful candidate will be a strategic, inclusive, and enterprising fundraising professional with higher education and/or external philanthropy experience. The Vice President will oversee and lead the development, implementation, and assessment of comprehensive plans for fundraising across a wide variety of graduate populations that create, cultivate, and steward new pipelines for partnerships and funding, as well as increase and enhance corporate and foundation giving, annual giving, endowment, grants, major and planned gifts, and alumni and parent relations. The Vice President will collaborate closely with the President, serve on the Executive Staff, and lead a team of dedicated professionals in building support for academics, experiences, and facilities to prepare students for lives of purpose and professional success in less time and at less cost. This opportunity calls for an ambitious and fast-paced leader interested in accelerating existing fundraising efforts as well as driving efforts to develop completely new pipelines and partnerships.

Mary Baldwin University is a small, private university enrolling 1,792 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels on campuses in Staunton and Fishersville, Virginia, and online. Since 1842, this intimate learning environment has allowed students to cultivate strong connections with faculty and peers. Its mission is to empower inclusive leaders to create lives of purpose and professional success in a changing world. The university is organized into three academic colleges: the Gold College of Arts and Sciences, the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (which occupies a branch campus within our local healthcare corridor), and the Palmer College of Professional Studies. MBU offers more than 40 programs of study supported by traditional classroom teaching, online, and work experience. Mary Baldwin emphasizes high ethical standards and the development of critical, creative, and reflective reasoning as the foundation for fulfilling and meaningful lives in the fast-changing new economy.

MBU’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to fuel growth and momentum, underpinned by a radical belief and commitment to student potential and the power of education to change students’ lives, their families, communities, and the world. The university community enthusiastically and jointly pushes forward with new methods and innovative programs in higher education to help meet student and societal needs.

Among the university’s many accolades, Mary Baldwin is recognized for its commitment to affordability and outcomes, listed among the nation’s Top Performers for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report, and as a leader among all colleges and universities in the United States for its community and national service by Washington Monthly.

Mary Baldwin University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor's degree and at least ten years of increasing development experience are required; significant experience leading a higher education development enterprise is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Mary Baldwin University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $200,000 to $225,000 annually.

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