VICE PRESIDENT OF
ADVANCEMENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MASSART FOUNDATION
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) comprises an
institution and community that innovates on a daily basis. It has
continued to evolve over the course of its 150-year history to
become a world-class college of art and design, demonstrating in a
myriad of compelling ways the power of art and design to transform
our world, as well as leveraging a campus community and distinctive
facilities that are critical resources in the regional ecosystem.
MassArt alumni are showcasing how design is a key differentiator in
training the next generation of artists, designers, innovators, and
educators in applying their talents and skills in creative problem
solving as a means of advancing the creative economy.
This artistic community has a unique role as a public
educational institution. MassArt’s public mission and distinctive
focus on art, design, making, teaching, and innovating has created
countless opportunities for generations of talented, creative,
hardworking, inspiring students. The nation's first and only
independent, free-standing public college of art and design,
MassArt has emerged from the Pandemic with strong enrollments and a
keen awareness of the critical role of this important, historic,
one-of-a-kind institution. Students come to MassArt from all walks
of life, brought together by their shared creative drive, passion
for making, and belief in a more just and beautiful world. In the
context of these shared values, students have the unique
opportunity to work with faculty who are renowned both nationally
and internationally as experts and leaders in their disciplines and
enjoy access to an array of world-class facilities. The
College’s commitment to access and equity is demonstrated in part
by creating pathways through programs that include – but are not
limited to – Youth Programs, Saturday Studios, Continuing
Education, the MassArt Art Museum, the Aspire Program, the
Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and Artward Bound.
Joining MassArt as President in 2021, Dr. Mary Grant has led the
College through challenging times while earning the trust and
harnessing the passion and goodwill of the MassArt community to
build upon and shape an ambitious vision for the future. Under her
leadership, MassArt is strengthening its diverse points of
connectivity to the world it serves, elevating its visibility as an
interdisciplinary place for art and design training and education,
and enhancing its value proposition for philanthropy and alumni
engagement. Further, the College has embarked on institutional
rebranding that is emphasizing its tandem profile of being both
public and preeminent.
Amid this environment of distinction and growing connectivity,
MassArt seeks candidates for the role of Vice President of
Advancement and Executive Director of the MassArt Foundation.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President will join a talented
leadership team, world-class faculty, engaged and committed staff,
loyal alumni, and an exceptional student body that carries forward
the College’s 150-year-old commitment to the power of a public art
and design education. MassArt is prioritizing the ongoing evolution
of fundraising and alumni relations under the Vice President’s
leadership such that they are commensurate with the College’s
overall excellence and meet strategic needs.
The primary responsibility of the Vice President is to provide
overall vision, leadership, fundraising expertise, and transparent,
collaborative partnership to assist the President in attaining the
College’s fundraising and alumni relations goals. The Vice
President oversees the Institutional Advancement division that
works closely with the MassArt Foundation and is responsible for
building relationships with alumni, corporations, foundations, and
friends, and for generating contributed revenue to support College
programs. The Vice President oversees the MassArt Foundation and an
Institutional Advancement team comprising of approximately 14
While MassArt will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the
ideal candidate will have the following
- Commitment to the mission and values of MassArt.
- Ten or more years of experience in nonprofit fundraising,
serving in roles with progressive levels of responsibility,
including a sophisticated understanding of the following:
individual giving, institutional giving, major gifts, annual
giving, planned giving, capital and comprehensive campaigns,
fundraising operations, stewardship, board relations, alumni
relations, and events. Demonstrated success in setting and
achieving ambitious fundraising goals. Preference for experience in
higher education or another nonprofit environment of similar
- Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles,
ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising and alumni
- Deep knowledge of soliciting philanthropic support within an
arts-focused institution and a strong appreciation for working
within a culture that values creativity, innovation, access, and
- Demonstrated ability to provide strategic and operational
management, leadership, and coaching, including developing a
diverse, multi-disciplinary team of advancement professionals.
- Track record of setting strategic direction, establishing
goals, benchmarking, and shared accountability, as well as working
across divisional/departmental lines when necessary to achieve
results. Experience in building and enhancing advancement
infrastructure as well as effectively leveraging technology to
streamline or integrate processes and expand the team’s reach.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build
diversity, equity, and inclusion in fundraising and alumni
relations functions; competent with respect to issues such as
racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
- Demonstrated success in developing and establishing strategic
and innovative strategic plans, and executing those plans to grow
fundraising and engagement.
- Demonstrated experience working in partnership with the
President/CEO/Chancellor to develop, and execute strategies and the
ability to successfully collaborate with senior staff, programmatic
leaders, and volunteer leaders on advancement-related activities,
providing them with quality support and intelligence and increasing
their comfort with and success in fundraising.
- Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward
major gifts from individual and institutional donors at six and
seven-figure levels. A high level of comfort and effectiveness
working with high-net-worth individuals and corporate business
leaders, domestically and internationally.
- Demonstrated strength in prospect discovery and in building
effective strategies to compel new major donor investment. A
forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of
donor engagement and connectivity.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated,
strategic, and innovative communications in support of building an
extended MassArt community and achieving ad goals.
- Capacity to extract and analyze data to make effective,
efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. Working
knowledge of modern data management practices.
- A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of
resources; the ability to plan, monitor, and tightly manage a
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally on behalf of
Download the full position description via the following link:
MassArt provides equal employment opportunities to all
employees and applicants for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military
status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related
condition, or membership in any other legally protected class.
MassArt complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws
governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in
which the College operates. This policy applies to all terms and
conditions of employment.
MassArt has retained the DSG Fundraising & Advancement
Practice of the Diversified Search Group to assist in this
confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and
applications (current resumes and cover letters) may be submitted
via the following link –
or directed to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York,
New York 10174