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Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Claflin University
South Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jun 21, 2024

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Claflin University in the search for a Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Reporting to President Dwaun J. Warmack, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will articulate and implement a bold, coherent strategy for significant growth in fundraising and alumni engagement. The Vice President will lead the university's efforts to secure the resources necessary to achieve its vision and mission, focusing on major gifts, capital campaigns, and sustainable alumni giving. The Vice President will work closely with a variety of stakeholders to foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the university.

The world needs visionaries—those who are able to imagine what’s possible and chart a course to get there. More than 150 years ago, Claflin University broke down barriers in higher education as the first South Carolina university open to all regardless of race. Today, Claflin continues to welcome exemplary students of all races and genders who demonstrate a passion to change not only their own circumstances, but to change the world as well. Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. Located on 50-acres in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Claflin University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Claflin offers 38 undergraduate majors and five graduate majors to nearly 2,000 students. The university fields 11 varsity teams in NCAA Division II competition and offers more than 80 clubs and organizations for students to become involved outside the classroom.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Claflin University as the top HBCU in South Carolina and #1 for annual alumni giving among all HBCUs. Claflin is also ranked the ninth HBCU nationally and fourteenth among top performers on social mobility by the publication. Claflin was recently named 2023 “Best College” by, which offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges using data in three main categories: quality, affordability, and student outcomes.

Claflin University seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement with experience developing, implementing, and assessing comprehensive advancement strategies that align with institutional missions and strategic objectives as well as experience across the breadth of fundraising revenue streams including major and principal individual giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and capital campaigns, preferably within a higher education environment. The Vice President should possess strategic thinking and planning skills, a history of advancing program performance, and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies within a university environment. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of experience as a senior level advancement professional in higher education is preferred for this role. Claflin University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the university, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Claflin University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

Claflin University is 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

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