This job has expired

Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College
Michigan, United States
$143,257.00 - $159,174.00
Closing date
Feb 15, 2024

View more

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Northwestern Michigan College Foundation in the search for a Chief Advancement Officer.

Reporting to the President, the Chief Advancement Officer will serve as the Vice President of College Advancement as well as Executive Director of the NMC Foundation and will be responsible for all fundraising efforts of the Foundation in direct support of the College's mission and strategic plan. The Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic leadership in the raising and management of philanthropic resources across all programs and operating units of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). The Chief Advancement Officer will provide executive administrative leadership to the College’s public relations, marketing, and communications functions, through the Associate Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications. The Chief Advancement Officer will partner with the Vice President of Student Services on enrollment marketing as well as engage with the community, alongside the President and Vice President Strategic Initiatives, to foster community connections and develop strategic partnerships. The Chief Advancement Officer will also provide executive leadership and oversight for the College’s Dennos Museum Center, International Affairs Forum, and WNMC radio station. Given the Chief Advancement Officer's charge, the successful candidate will be an astute relationship builder with an ability to engage with programs across the College and throughout the community. While strengthening existing relationships, the Chief Advancement Officer will develop new relationships and partnerships that build the College’s visibility, appeal, community impact, and financial resources.

Founded in 1951, Northwestern Michigan College is a fully accredited, publicly funded community college offering over one hundred programs that serve people, organizations, and businesses. Located in the Grand Traverse Region, close to Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, the area is known for its high quality of life. NMC offers associate degrees and professional certificates, as well as bachelor’s degrees through the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. NMC also offers a variety of personal and professional classes and certificates through their Extended Education program. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, learners have access to the support they need to ensure success. NMC also boasts the 6th lowest in-district tuition among the state’s community colleges and offers approximately $1.5 million in scholarships each year.

As the first comprehensive community college chartered in Michigan, Northwestern Michigan College provides quality, affordable access to higher education for learners of all ages and backgrounds. NMC aspires to be a global community where all learners unlock their full potential by delivering lifelong learning opportunities that transform lives and enrich communities.

The people of northwest Michigan established NMC in 1951 because they wanted the benefits of higher education for their families and for themselves. To make this vision a reality, they committed their time and generosity which led to the founding of the NMC Foundation in 1981. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the NMC Foundation supports the College through fundraising and community advocacy. NMC Foundation is recognized nationally as a top 20 Community College Foundation. A small, dedicated staff of development professionals works with the greater Northwestern Michigan College community to support life-changing educational opportunities, cultural experiences, and regional growth. Beyond the day-to-day work of the staff, the NMC Foundation Board provides leadership and guidance in accomplishing this mission.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the missions of Northwestern Michigan College and the Northwestern Michigan College Foundation, as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of experience as a seasoned leader with practical experience in both fundraising and organizational advancement is preferred for this position. Northwestern Michigan College Foundation will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to Northwestern Michigan College and the Northwestern Michigan College Foundation, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply.

The salary range for this position is $143,257 to 159,174 annually.

Northwestern Michigan College and the Northwestern Michigan College Foundation are committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

To apply for this position, visit:


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert