Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and visionary leader for the position of vice president for institutional advancement. The dynamic individual chosen will serve as the chief advancement officer for the College and lead alumnae and alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, and development activities, and have a close working relationship with the Office of College Relations. Reporting directly to the president, the vice president will provide vision and leadership to assist the president in attaining the College’s advancement and institutional goals. The vice president will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all fundraising programs, including planned giving, annual giving, capital and major campaigns, scholarship, and faculty development funds. She or he will also support Randolph College through sound fiscal management of a growing endowment portfolio.
Randolph College is a nationally recognized, private, residential institution. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and host to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1916, Randolph is known for its rigorous and personalized academic experience; its diverse, close-knit community; an exceptional faculty; a remarkable collection of American art; and a growing NCAA Division III athletics program. Having emerged successfully from a period of transition—from a woman’s college to a coeducational institution—Randolph has built on its tradition of excellence to forge a strong new identity and is poised to enhance its reputation as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. The campus has been revitalized, the student body is engaged, and faculty members are dedicated to providing students with an individualized, rigorous, liberal arts education.
The vice president will oversee the development team and be an experienced development professional with a successful history as a major and principal gift fundraiser. She or he will have the particular ability to develop and to execute strategy at both the departmental and prospect level and will be a proven planner and executor of those plans, especially while in a campaign. A collaborative approach to leadership and an understanding of the integrated nature of development with an alumnae and alumni relations program is a serious requirement. Leadership experience and an understanding of working closely with academic leaders will be a significant advantage. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
The successful candidate should have a proven track record in fundraising and comprehensive knowledge of all major advancement functions, including the ability to solicit and close major gifts. The position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to develop, nurture, and maintain key relationships internally and externally.
A full position description can be found here: wittkieffer.com. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.
These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Randolph College consultant Mercedes C. Vance at RandolphVPIA@wittkieffer.com. Confidential inquiries only can be expressed by telephone at 630-575-6948.
Randolph College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.