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Vice President for College Advancement Claremont, CA


Pitzer College seeks as its next vice president for college advancement (vice president) a dynamic, innovative, and experienced fundraising professional to provide strategic and operational leadership for its philanthropic initiatives. Guided by the new leadership of President Melvin Oliver, the vice president will join Pitzer at a pivotal moment as the college prepares to launch into comprehensive strategic planning, setting the foundation for a future campaign.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a high-performing and accomplished leader to join Dr. Oliver early in his presidency and strengthen and transform Pitzer’s advancement program through the implementation of best practices, team and capacity building, and the application of data-driven strategies that will create a philanthropic enterprise of unsurpassed effectiveness. The vice president will benefit from Dr. Oliver’s personal experience with and commitment to development-related activities. Success for the next vice president will, in part, be defined by an ability to educate and engage all members of the Pitzer community—faculty, staff, students, alumni, and senior administrators—in College Advancement efforts, and recruit, lead, and motivate the team to meet several aggressive goals that include: enhancing donor discovery and cultivation efforts; engaging and mobilizing a young alumni base (40% of whom are under the age of 35); growing the annual fund; better leveraging planned, corporate, and foundation giving; and expanding and strengthening a sustainable infrastructure to support future fundraising efforts. In collaboration with key college partners, the vice president will assist in efforts to enhance institutional image and visibility, and will help devise and communicate a strong and consistent message about the college to its internal and external constituencies.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of and passion for the mission and goals of an outstanding liberal arts college. A minimum of 10 to 15 years of leadership experience in development, constituency engagement, and staff management is required, as is a comprehensive knowledge of strategies employed in all major development and alumni functions, and a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at principal gift levels. Experience leading all aspects of a complex team, including managing, retaining, motivating, and evaluating staff, is essential. The vice president must be able to create a metrics-driven and results-oriented work environment that promotes collaboration and achievement. The candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust; exhibit the credibility, political savvy, and sophistication to effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders; be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and a clear set of priorities; and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment. A commitment to Pitzer’s values, including diversity, community, and social responsibility, is also critical. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Rachel Ellenport is leading this search with Grace Zakim and Billy Parker.

Pitzer College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or disability.

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