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Vice President of Advancement

Northwestern College
Iowa, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

Northwestern College is seeking a vice president for advancement to replace a retiring VPA who has had a successful 15-year tenure. This is a full-time, 12-month position that reports directly to the president. We seek a dynamic leader who will serve as a valued member of the president’s cabinet and a person who can build a close connection to the president to continue the strong momentum of advancing the college’s strategic initiatives. He/she will be a team builder and strategic thinker who inspires trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends and other stakeholders to advance the mission of the college through their involvement and investment. The vice president is the chief advancement officer of the college and will make personal donor visits his/her top priority.


The successful candidate should possess:

  • Evidence of an authentic Christian faith
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred)
  • Five to 10 years of successful experience in fundraising and other management at a senior level
  • Capacity to form and articulate vision and strategic direction for advancement initiatives to further the college’s vision and mission
  • Strong desire and willingness to travel in conjunction with donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and garner support for annual giving, scholarships, planned giving, corporate/foundation relations and major gift fundraising activities
  • A solid record in personally closing major gifts and experience with comprehensive campaigns
  • Ability to select, train, supervise, inspire and lead an experienced professional advancement team
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers within the college leadership and with trustees and external partners at the individual and organizational level
  • Demonstrated skill to work as a member of a senior management team with strong capabilities in planning, organizing and managing
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively with campus leaders, admissions, facilities, food service, the president’s office and other departments
  • Familiarity with advancement software systems and programs
  • Experience providing development and oversight of an advancement budget, assisting in allocating funds and spending on items such as salaries, travel, events and stewardship all while remaining within budget
  • Personal qualities associated with successful senior leaders, including integrity, excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, initiative and a positive attitude.


The successful candidate will support the college’s mission ( and identity as expressed in our Vision for Learning (, Vision for Diversity ( and Statement of Christian Identity ( Northwestern identifies as Reformed in commitment, evangelical in engagement and ecumenical in spirit.  We view these Christian theological perspectives as complementary and draw from the strengths of each perspective in fulfilling our mission. 

Northwestern College seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

Applications will be received until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin March 11. To apply, send letter of application, resume and Northwestern College application form to:

Human Resources   •   Northwestern College

101 7th St. SW  •  Orange City, IA 51041

Phone:  712-707-7223

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