Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (Remote)

Antioch University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Mar 6, 2024

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Antioch University

Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (Remote)
  • Administration
  • Remote
  • Posted 4 weeks ago

Antioch University

Department: University Development
Classification: Staff, Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Chancellor
Location: Remote
Compensation: $200,000.00 – $225,000.00

Position Overview

Antioch University, a founding member of the newly announced, national, higher education system known as the Coalition for the Common Good, (“CCG”), seeks an experienced leader in academic institutional advancement to build on its historic mission of advancing social justice and its reputation for innovation and excellence in order to secure its future.

Antioch has been a leader in higher education since its founding in 1852. Furthermore, it has been a leader in inclusion and equal educational opportunity with a commitment to the common good from its very beginning. Its founder, Horace Mann, was at the forefront of the movements to abolish slavery and to establish a system of universal public education as necessary cornerstones of democracy. He is regarded as the father of public education in the United States, founding the first “common schools” that were nonsectarian, free, and open to all genders and races. Under his leadership, Antioch was one of the first colleges in the United States to admit Black students, a decade before the Civil War, and one of the first to employ female faculty on the same basis as their male counterparts. In his last graduation speech before he died in 1859, he beseeched the graduates to “win victories for humanity.”

Antioch University has continued in this progressive, outward-facing tradition of teaching civic engagement, advancing social justice, and protecting and defending democracy. It has recently moved this commitment to a new level as a founding member of the Coalition for the Common Good. No one would have imagined a decade ago that we would be confronting a growing set of challenges to the core of our democracy. It is in that context that the CG was founded to model new approaches for higher education to promote, champion, and educate for democracy, social justice and the common good. It is a compelling mission that comes at a pivotal inflection point in American history.

We believe the new mission statement will resonate well with alumni and other potential donors who understand the existential threats we face as a nation. It is with that backdrop that Antioch University seeks leadership to help secure funding that will materially and substantially advance that important mission.

Coalition for the Common Good – Mission Statement
Coalition for the Common Good is a network of affiliated private, nonprofit colleges and universities that, through collaboration and integration, provide transformative education and lifelong learning. Together, we are dedicated to promoting the common good, including democracy, social justice, equity, inclusion, and engaged global citizenship.

The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (VCIA) will lead Antioch University’s comprehensive institutional advancement efforts. Antioch is primarily a graduate school with graduate and doctoral degrees in psychology and counseling therapies, education, environmental studies, fine arts, business, and leadership and change. Antioch also has an adult degree completion program for those seeking to finish their BA degree. Through our affiliation with Otterbein University and the CCG, Antioch is adding graduate programs in Nursing, Allied health, and more. Antioch’s programs are offered in multiple locations including Keene, New Hampshire; Central Ohio; Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; and Seattle, WA. Its teaching modalities include classroom-based, low-residency, fully online, and hybrid approaches.

The VCIA will serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and will work closely with this group to establish priorities and devise strategies to meet University-wide objectives including major and planned giving, capital campaigns, the annual fund, alumni engagement, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, sponsored programs and development services. Further, the VCIA will lead and build a comprehensive advancement team able to implement and fulfill such a strategy and program.

The VCIA also will play a crucial and central role in leading and supporting advancement opportunities provided by the Coalition for the Common Good, working closely with the Coalition President, Vice Presidents and its Board of Directors. The successful VCIA will advance Antioch’s mission to further “social, racial, economic, and environmental justice” by enhancing the University’s institutional capacity and by building internal and external relationships essential to strengthening that capacity, always in the context of the Coalition for the Common Good.

The VCIA will manage an initial staff of 3.5 FTEs. The VCIA will build a culture of high achievement and accountability, further integrate the development program to allow for strong and professional relationships across the various functions and throughout the University, and ensure that the development staff effectively engage Antioch’s alumni, supporters and friends in the life of the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising Strategy & Operations

  • Under the direction of the Chancellor and in collaboration with the Cabinet, serve as chief development strategist for design and implementation of a prioritized University development plan in coordination with the Coalition for the Common Good.
  • Develop an ambitious strategic and operational fundraising plan to meet short- and long-term goals of the institution and the Coalition. Craft a multi-year development strategy that ensures sustainable long-term growth in philanthropic contributions and other forms of external funding, while fostering a culture of enduring innovation.
  • Guide and support the Chancellor in their role as chief fundraiser and provide strategic advice and support to select members of the Board of Governors, Cabinet members, key faculty, and program managers to facilitate their ability to engage with major donor prospects, including both individual and philanthropic organizations.
  • Develop, lead, hire, and mentor a high-quality Institutional Advancement staff that is prepared to meet the ongoing challenges of broadening and diversifying Antioch’s external support. Serve as a resource and role model to staff on matters of prospect strategy, and offer new approaches and techniques. Seek to provide creative solutions to complex solicitations; rely on past experience in the field and remain current with evolving trends in philanthropy.
  • Convene Antioch stakeholders and advise in the development of coordinated strategies aimed to maximize the life-time engagement and support of Antioch’s most affluent supporters. Bring together resources, constituents and stakeholders in the planning and execution of a capital campaign when the time is right.
  • Ensure that the Chancellor is briefed and that their time is highly productive; serving as a coach, mentor, and co-strategist on cultivating and soliciting transformational gifts that will lead Antioch to even greater levels of distinction. Work closely with the Board of Governors Committee on Advancement.

Donor Relations & Communications

  • Maintain existing donor relationships and deepen those alliances through regular, relevant communications, engagement, and stewardship. Ensure that stewardship is comprehensive, timely, and innovative. Elevate the importance of stewarding all gifts and programs that strengthen donors’ interests in, satisfaction with, and commitment to Antioch; and convey to donors the impact their contributions have on the betterment of the institution.
  • Develop a deep knowledge base of Antioch University’s programs and funding priorities to create and effectively communicate a powerful case for philanthropic support. In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Deans, guide school and academic program specific grant seeking through relationship management, grant identification, writing and management, and prospect research to identify and cultivate new sources of funding.
  • Travel to visit prospects with the Chancellor and other senior officers of the University. Work proactively to engage prospects in substantive visits and opportunities for involvement.

Annual Alumni Giving

  • With Advancement staff, develop and implement an annual giving solicitation strategy.
  • Build upon existing alumni organizations to develop and grow an integrated, university-wide alumni association that includes all alumni from current and former campuses and programs of the university.
  • Understand and capitalize on gains made through current efforts. In preparation for future efforts, evaluate philanthropic capacity of all constituencies, identify areas for growth, strategically allocate development staff and resources and craft fundraising strategies to raise sights and involvement of volunteers and donors at all levels.

Individual Major Gifts

  • Identify and prioritize individual major gift prospects, leveraging existing relationships and Antioch University and Board member networks.
  • Create and manage cultivation and solicitation strategies for the most promising individual major gift prospects, partnering with leadership and/or key staff members as relevant.
  • In partnership with the Chancellor, manage a portfolio of the organization’s highest capacity major gift donors (current and prospective).

Corporate & Foundation Relations

  • Collaborate with colleagues, especially the VC of Academic Affairs & University Provost, and faculty across the organization to research and identify philanthropic potential within existing organizational relationships, and to identify new prospective corporate and foundation funders, with an emphasis on major national and international foundations.
  • Create and manage cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for the most promising corporate and foundation prospects, partnering with Antioch leadership and/or key staff members as relevant.
  • Oversee creation of a grants and contracts sponsored programs process, inclusive of grant application drafts and submissions, post-award reporting, and stewardship for current and prospective grant-related funders.

Board Management

  • Partner with Chancellor in managing fundraising-related activities of the Antioch Board of Governors, including the creation and assessment of annual engagement plans for each Board member.
  • Work closely with the Board of Governors Committee on Advancement.
  • Support the Chancellor and other leadership of the CCG, including the Coalition Board of Directors, in identifying, cultivating, and recruiting new board members that can advance the mission of the University and the CCG.

Internal Management

  • Broaden and diversify Antioch’s externally funded support. Serve as a resource and role model to staff on matters of prospect strategy, and offer new approaches and techniques. Seek to provide creative solutions to complex solicitations; rely on past experience in the field and remain current with evolving trends in philanthropy.
  • Provide leadership, direction and management for the Advancement division, creating an environment of respect, accountability, motivation, professional growth, and high productivity.
  • Foster staff talent by coaching and mentoring staff and working with Advancement colleagues to articulate a sophisticated approach to donor-centric philanthropy that encourages flexibility and responsiveness, and increases the University’s external support in keeping with the mission and core values of the institution. Set clearly defined and measurable goals for the entire Advancement team and establish appropriate metrics to assess individual and team performance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Master’s degree is required; doctoral degree preferred. Experience in higher education, nonprofit management or a demonstrated skillset that is highly applicable is required.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible fundraising, leadership, and managerial experience in Advancement within higher education. Depth of knowledge in all key areas of Advancement and a demonstrated ability to plan, manage, and close a comprehensive campaign.
  • Strong leadership, exceptional judgment, superb communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with many internal and external constituencies. A deep appreciation for the history, achievements and aspirations of Antioch University, and the ability to effectively articulate the Chancellor’s vision to a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience building upon an existing Institutional Advancement program, including individual and institutional philanthropy, resulting in a transformative increase in philanthropic revenue for an organization. Success in increasing the effectiveness of a development program and its staff through established objectives and performance standards. Demonstrated capacity to enhance philanthropic success in alignment with Antioch’s unique mission and organizational strengths. Must have a high tolerance for ambiguity amidst change.
  • Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. A deep level of comfort and effectiveness working with high-net-worth individuals and business leaders, both domestic and international.
  • The credibility, maturity, and sound judgment required to effectively engage and leverage Antioch leadership and volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of key prospects and donors.
  • The political awareness needed to navigate a complex academic community; the desire and ability to build bridges and strong collaborative relationships with all members across the University and a diverse body of alumni and constituents.
  • Proven skills in establishing a team- and goal-oriented environment that empowers staff through active communication and delegation, and that builds confidence, promotes diversity of thought, and celebrates achievements. A sharp eye for operational efficiency and the best use of resources, including a demonstrated understanding of budgets and the ability to manage them.
  • Strong networks in grants and foundations area, particularly with mission-aligned entities.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, self-awareness, professional integrity and cultural competence – including commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrated intercultural understanding, inclusive institutional excellence and perspectives on global engagement.

Hours of Employment

This is a full-time, exempt position serving a national university which operates in multiple time zones. Work schedules will need to flex with the job responsibilities.

Work Location

Anywhere within the continental United States, either from a home office or at a campus or University location. Travel by air is required frequently.

Physical Requirements

The essential functions represent the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job at any time.

Benefits Summary

Voluntary Health, dental and vision plan and flexible spending account options; employer retirement plan contribution of 6%; voluntary salary deduction to a pre-tax or post-tax retirement account; employer paid life insurance and short term disability; voluntary supplemental life insurance, long-term disability, accidental death/dismemberment, critical illness, and accident coverage plans; vacation accrues monthly (3 weeks from 0 – 5 years; 4 weeks after 6 years; carry-over allowed up to 3.75 days 0 – 5 years; up to 5 days, after 6 years and up); 12 days per year sick leave (carry-over up to 65 days); 15 paid holidays; tuition remission for employees and dependents at Antioch University campuses; and employee paid options with AFLAC, LegalShield, and Liberty Mutual. (This list is meant to be an informal summary of benefits. Plan benefits and eligibility requirements are governed by the plan documents and University policies which will be made available upon request).

Coalition for the Common Good (CCG) EEO Statement

The Coalition for the Common Good provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic or class protected by federal, state or local laws in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The CCG complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources or the Office of the General Counsel.

To Apply: Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three business references with contact information at the time of application.

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NOTE: The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check


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