The Collyer Vice President for Advancement

Saratoga Springs, New York
Apr 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Skidmore College invites applications and nominations for the Collyer Vice President for Advancement. The Vice President for Advancement will be a proven leader in the advancement field with the ability to connect their passion for fundraising and alumni engagement to the College's mission and values.

Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college, currently enrolling approximately 2,500 students in roughly 40 degree programs, including programs in both traditional liberal arts and pre-professional disciplines. The College's principal mission is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students who are eager to engage in the learning process. Skidmore's faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates students' intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while engaging in research, scholarship, and study. In keeping with the College's founding principle of linking theoretical with applied learning – and its more recent expression, “Creative Thought Matters” – the Skidmore curriculum balances a commitment to the liberal arts with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, along with preparation for professions, careers, and community leadership.

Skidmore's campus is located in what was, at the turn of the twentieth century, a beautiful park of summer residences in Saratoga Springs, New York. The city's many attractions include the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, ten museums, a number of spas, and the famed Saratoga Race Course for thoroughbred horse racing. Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga Springs is a half-hour drive from the New York State capital at Albany and a three-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

Reporting to the President, the Collyer Vice President for Advancement will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the College's fundraising and alumni engagement efforts and serve as a key member of the President's Cabinet. The Vice President will oversee a team of 58 advancement professionals, a budget of $7.5 million, and will build and sustain strong and sincere interpersonal relationships both internally and externally. The Vice President will demonstrate a track record of major and principal gift fundraising success, and possess the leadership and managerial acumen necessary to motivate an ambitious, highly-integrated advancement team and program.

The Vice President will be someone who values innovation, creativity, and collaboration, and is well-versed in current fundraising and alumni engagement strategies and tactics. The ideal candidate will have the ability to articulate passionately the mission, values, and goals of the College and a record of fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In particular, the Vice President will have experience in developing and articulating a strategic vision with measurable goals, as well as experience in comprehensive campaign planning, implementation, and completion. Experience in enhancing alumni engagement and proven success building and leveraging relationships to increase giving and engagement activity are integral to the success of the Vice President. In addition, proven success in recruiting, developing, and retaining top-tier talent and a strong and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are important. The Vice President must be a trusted leader and reliable counsel to a Board, President, and staff, and the ability to serve as an institution-wide partner who is able to advocate persuasively for the mission and priorities of advancement. Outstanding oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, with a commitment to listening and problem-solving and the ability to earn respect and trust across all levels of the institution will be required.

Candidates from both academic and non-academic environments are welcome; a bachelor's degree is required. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence, to:

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Kenna Boyd, Associate

Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, LP

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