Vice President for Advancement

University of Redlands - Redlands, CA (30+ days ago)4.2

The Vice President for Advancement reports to and advises the President of the University, serves on the President's Cabinet, and supervises the departments of Development, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and University Archives.

This highly collaborative position as “Chief Aspiration Officer” requires exceptional communication skills, demonstrated fundraising expertise, and the ability to develop and nurture excellent working relationships with University constituencies, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, funders, and corporate, foundation, community, and civic leaders.

The University of Redlands Board of Trustees approved a new comprehensive campaign totaling $200 million, which was initiated in 2013. As of this writing, Forever Yours: The Campaign for University of Redlands has reached $140 million and is well on its way to meeting or exceeding the target by completion in 2020-21. The campaign will develop resources for faculty and students and will support growth of the endowment, scholarships, named professorships, and programmatic support throughout the University.

Advancement, Leadership, and Planning:
Serves on the President's Cabinet and oversees all fundraising and advancement programs. Generates creative approaches to initiate and guide the development of appropriate fundraising and advancement policies and practices in support of the University's fundraising priorities to achieve institutional goals.
Works closely with and supports the President, trustees, and members of the President’s Cabinet in their advancement activities.
Manages engagement of prospects for major University priorities, providing research, and conferring on strategies.
Acts on the President's behalf in all matters pertaining to fundraising and advancement efforts.
Participates in institution-wide strategic planning; identifies and assesses fundraising priorities; and effectively executes relevant programs, projects, and initiatives. Collaborates with associate and assistant vice presidents and directors to establish division and unit-level objectives and work plans.
Inspires, leads, and develops a highly effective team of people to make successful and lasting contributions to the University's mission and strategic plan.
Directs the drafting and management of the division's annual budget.

In partnership with the President, organizes, inspires, and leads a team through the successful completion of the current $200M comprehensive campaign; leads the overall fundraising strategy, including annual fundraising and planned giving activities as set forth by the strategic plan; and coordinates efforts with the campaign strategy advisors.
Works collaboratively with the President, the President’s Cabinet, trustees, deans, department heads, and internal advisory committees to plan and implement fundraising programs, initiatives, and strategies.
Actively engages with and manages a portfolio of prospects, including personal cultivation, solicitation, closing gifts, and on-going stewardship.
Represents the University in external affairs and events involving corporate and foundation representatives, trustees, alumni, and friends of the University.
Oversees and participates in the development of proposals and applications for funding from corporations, foundations, and individuals and provides appropriate stewardship and follow up, including the timely preparation and submission of reports.
Performs other duties and special projects as assigned or directed by the President.

Alumni and Community Relations:
Works with the Alumni & Community Relations director and team to devise and execute strategic plans for increasing engagement and giving and supporting the University’s consistent, positive presence and profile in the local community.

Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of 10 years of development experience with substantial knowledge of higher education. Master’s degree preferred.
Demonstrated experience and success in alumni, development and fund-raising activities.
Demonstrated history of leading, organizing and motivating an advancement team.
Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Knowledge of fundraising technology and commitment to prospect management.
Demonstrated integrity, good strategic judgment, self-motivation, goal orientation, and a high degree of initiative and creativity.
Ability to travel as needed.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Ability to motivate an administrative team to produce expected outcomes.
Understanding of, and commitment to, the values of independent higher education.
Ability to interact positively with a culturally diverse population of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and potential donors.

The University of Redlands is a liberal arts master’s university of approximately 5,000 students in southern California. Located in the inland area adjacent to Los Angeles, the beautiful Redlands campus is within easy distance of snow skiing, hiking and climbing to the north, some of the world’s best beaches to the south and west, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree to the east, and the urban culture of Los Angeles to the west. Its Schools of Business, Education, and Continuing Studies also offer programs in six regional southern California campuses.

Undergraduates may choose from more than 40 academic majors. They also may create their own self-directed majors in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies—where studies are multidisciplinary; curriculum and majors are by contract; and evaluations are by narrative. Students enjoy small class sizes and an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. At the heart of the Redlands experience is the belief that education should be highly personalized, relevant, and interdisciplinary.

The graduate and professional programs at the University serve about the same number of students as the College, and offer a broad scope of study for undergraduates, graduates, and working professionals. The School of Education is one of the few professional programs in the nation to offer a Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice, and it also offers the innovative Spatial Literacy Program for educators and recently added a Special Education Credential program. The School of Business offers master’s degrees in business administration, management, and information technology. Students have an opportunity to participate in international study abroad programs. The School of Continuing Studies programs support lifelong learning and offer busy professionals an opportunity to further their education through workshops, certificate programs, and customized training.

Accolades include:
Princeton Review – One of the Best Western Colleges (2018)
Forbes – One of America’s Top Colleges (2017)
The Economist – Top 7% alumni earnings over expectations
12 Fulbright Scholars over the past nine years

The University of Redlands, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, will review application materials as they are received. While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by June 17, 2018. To apply online, go to Please submit your resume/CV and a letter of interest. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

For further information or to make nominations:
Dr. Sona Andrews
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 208-577-8981 Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 530-677-9945
Submission of a resume and application indicates agreement that the university may verify all information contained therein. The University of Redlands is an equal opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed, please call (909)748-8040.

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