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Vice President for Development, Alumni and Parent Relations Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College, one of the nation’s preeminent liberal arts institutions, seeks an experienced, creative, and mission-driven development professional to join the institution as vice president for development, alumni and parent relations. Guided by the new leadership of President Robert W. Iuliano, the vice president will serve as a key member of the executive team that sets strategic direction for Gettysburg during an exciting time of change for the college. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity to partner with Mr. Iuliano at the outset of his presidency, working closely with him to cultivate lifelong relationships between Gettysburg and its alumni, and to enhance the visibility and fundraising capabilities of the institution.

The vice president will join Gettysburg following the successful conclusion in 2018 of the record-setting $160 million Gettysburg Great comprehensive capital campaign, which marked the largest and most ambitious fundraising effort in the college’s 186-year history. Building on the success of the campaign, the vice president will work to identify compelling ways to further maximize engagement with the college of past and present trustees, alumni, parents, students, friends of Gettysburg, and others. Additionally, the next vice president will further strengthen Gettysburg’s division of development, alumni and parent relations (DAPR) through the introduction of innovative and data-driven outreach and fundraising strategies that will result in broadening the donor base and diversifying and increasing philanthropic revenue, as well as best positioning Gettysburg to respond to the evolving nature of philanthropy and the college’s increasingly diverse alumni and parent populations. As a result, this leader will establish an overarching vision and implement best practices to elevate the productivity of the division, and lead the evolution of the development operation as it adapts to a changing social, educational, and technological climate. Specifically, the next vice president will be responsible for recruiting, inspiring, and motivating the team to meet aggressive goals that include: enhancing donor discovery efforts; growing the annual fund; increasing the major and principal gift pipeline, including among unaffiliated and institutional donors; identifying and securing external grants in collaboration with faculty; better leveraging deferred giving; recruiting and sustaining an active and successful cohort of volunteers; building model stewardship and alumni/parent outreach programs; and expanding and strengthening a sustainable infrastructure to support future fundraising efforts.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a high-performing, strategic development professional to build upon Gettysburg’s tradition of service and forward-looking ambitions to create a best-in-class program that contributes to a holistic culture of philanthropy. The successful candidate will exemplify and embody Gettysburg’s mission and values, including diversity, engagement, and community-building, and will be able to champion the college to a broad group of constituencies, including its passionate and loyal alumni base. The vice president will have a deep understanding of and passion for the rich history, mission, and goals of this outstanding liberal arts college, and will work closely with the president, senior staff, and the board of trustees, to bring Gettysburg’s development program to new levels of excellence.

With responsibility for leading a team of approximately 53 professionals, the vice president will be an experienced team leader adept at maximizing, leveraging, and advocating for a talented staff, and facilitating cohesion and team success. The vice president must be able to create a results-oriented work environment that encourages innovation, promotes diversity, and rewards collaboration – both in the division and around campus - and group achievement. At least 10 years of leadership experience in development, constituency engagement, and management is preferred, as is a comprehensive knowledge of strategies employed in all major development and alumni relations functions, including campaigns. The vice president will possess a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at principal gift levels, as well as in fostering new and effective means of alumni and volunteer participation in the life of the college and its students. The successful candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust; exhibit the credibility 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 bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Jack Gorman and Rachel Ellenport are leading this search with Sarah Hecklau, Michael Mozzicato, and Amelia Ariel.

Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and admission. The College prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information in all aspects of employment, educational programs, activities, and admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.


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