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Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development

Employer
Westminster College
Location
Missouri, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs
Fields
Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Westminster College (“College”), located in Fulton, Missouri, is seeking an enthusiastic, strategic, and experienced Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development (“Vice-President”) to lead its alumni engagement and development efforts. 

The Vice President reports directly to the President of the College and is a key member of the President’s Cabinet. As the chief fundraising officer, the incumbent plays a central role in leading development operations with the purpose of maximizing philanthropic support in alignment with the College’s values, aspirations, and priorities. The Vice President will provide leadership and direction for the advancement office, including principal and major gift development, annual giving, alumni engagement, advancement services, and stewardship. The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees (“Board”), providing staff support for its Board Development Committee (“Committee”), and the Alumni Council (“Council”).

Founded in 1851, Westminster College has a rich tradition of alumni engagement and support. Originally established by Presbyterians as a men’s institution, today the College enrolls a co-ed residential class of approximately 600 students pursuing degrees in the liberal arts. About 50% of the student body is affiliated with the Greek community and 60% involved with intercollegiate athletics. The campus is situated on a beautiful stretch of hills in the central Missouri town of Fulton, about 90 minutes from St. Louis, 30 minutes from Columbia, Missouri and 30 minutes from the state capital in Jefferson City, Missouri. 

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Reports to and partners with the President and President’s Cabinet in achieving their collective vision. Works closely with other members of the Cabinet and their staff in multi-facet activities and functions on a routine basis. 
  • Works closely with the President and the Committee’s Chair and Vice Chair in all phases of their advancement and campaign leadership activities as well as the President of the Council in all phases of their activities.
  • Participates in strategic discussions and develop programs to strengthen the financial resources of the College.
  • Create and execute a strategic fundraising plan with defined goals, timeframes and metrics, with measurable annual goals related to fundraising and alumni participation. This will also include the development of a major capital fundraising campaign and detailed execution strategy in the next one-two years. 
  • Develop a high-performance development program and team with a focus on increasing philanthropic revenue through individual giving from the entire College community and external sources of fund raising outside of the College’s traditional donor base such as foundations and similar organizations and entities. 
  • Seize opportunities to collaborate with senior leadership, trustees, alumni, etc., in identifying opportunities to link programs with philanthropic opportunities.
  • Personally identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward gifts.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor advancement and alumni affairs staff leading to the achievement of operational and strategic goals.
  • Engage and encourage faculty, staff and students, when and as appropriate, to take an active role in supporting fundraising activities.
  • Assist in the coordination of special events including annual events such as locale fundraising events, Alumni Weekend, Athletic Hall of Fame, and key aspects of Homecoming, and Commencement.
  • Other duties as assigned or recommended by the President and/or the Committee and Council.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Master’s Degree in appropriate field such as Higher Education Administration, Marketing, and/or Communications required. Doctorate degree preferred.

Experience: Ten years of progressively successful development experience with a track record of building comprehensive fundraising programs, including capital campaigns, and similar plans that achieve demonstrated results. Demonstrated management and oversight experience in principally three traditional areas of institutional advancement to include Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is required. Strong supervisory experience that demonstrates the ability to lead, coach, and develop staff. Demonstrated record of attention to detail for donor correspondence, information and agreements, annual communications and other donor requests and similar matters. 

Skills

  • Knowledge of best practices and the ability to apply them in innovative ways. 
  • Outstanding relationship building and collaboration skills to work with diverse constituencies. 
  • Success identifying and securing individual and foundation support. 
  • Demonstrated excellent written communication and oral presentation skills required. 
  • Strategic planning skills and demonstration of how to execute elements of a detailed and multi-faceted strategic plan are required. 
  • A self-starter who seeks and seizes opportunity. 
  • Experience with on-line fundraising and social media. 
  • Strong organizational skills and donor and alumni information management skills related to stewardship of funds received, accounts managed, and prospect cultivation.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Health Savings Account and/or Flex Spending Account
  • Supplemental options: Short-term disability, Hospitalization, Accident, and Critical Illness
  • Stand-alone EAP program
  • Life, AD&D, and long-term disability
  • Retirement 403(b) plan
  • Tuition remission or exchange programs
  • Sick and Vacation time
  • Paid Holidays (15+ each year)

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