Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Major Gift Officer

Employer
RPA Inc.
Location
Pennsylvania
Posted
Jul 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

King’s College, a comprehensive, coed, Catholic college in the liberal arts tradition, invites applications for two positions: an Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement (AVPIA) and a Major Gift Officer (MGO). Founded in 1946 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame to educate the sons of coal miners, King’s continues to serve the sons and daughters of working-class families with nearly 40% first-generation undergraduate students. At approximately 2,800 students, the College prides itself on professional preparation, personalized attention, and a caring community. King’s pursues excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship through a rigorous core curriculum, major programs across the liberal arts and sciences, nationally-accredited professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and personal attention to student formation in a nurturing community. The College—with curricular and co-curricular programs encouraging service, fostering reflection, and cultivating leadership skills—forms graduates who will champion the inherent dignity of every person and who will mobilize their talents and professional skills to serve the common good. In the words of its founding president, “King’s teaches it students not only how to make a living, but how to live.” For additional information about the College, please visit www.kings.edu.

 

 

 

The Advancement Division: King’s College is at an exciting moment in its history. The College is in a place of fiscal stability, strategic growth, and incredible opportunity as it prepares for the next comprehensive campaign. The successful candidates will join a team of energetic, enthusiastic, and student-centered professionals committed to the King’s College mission.

 

 

 

Position Number One: The Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement (AVPIA), Sr. Director for Development & Campaign will hold primary responsibility for planning and managing the day-to-day operations of the fundraising/development component of Institutional Advancement. In consultation with a nationally recognized consulting firm, s/he will plan and manage the College’s campaign-related efforts and functions. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and working with the President and members of the College’s Senior Leadership Team, the AVPIA will provide leadership and direction to a team of six to eight fundraising professionals in the areas of annual, major, planned giving, and grant work, including team and individual goal setting, performance evaluations, and professional development; manage his/her own portfolio; provide leadership to the moves management process; oversee the screening of fundraising requests from across the campus community; and work with the College’s marketing team to develop and implement successful fundraising efforts. 

 

 

 

Qualifications:

 

 

 

  • A track record of motivational leadership experience in development, preferably in higher education
  • Successful portfolio management and proven effectiveness of one-on-one cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift support
  • The ability to build effective relationships across campus with colleagues and stakeholders, including the Board of Directors and the President’s Council
  • Ability to lead a development office and campaign functions that utilize an effective moves management system
  • Excellent relationship and communication skills
  • Results driven with a hunger for success
  • Team-oriented mindset
  • High ethical standards
  • A passion for higher education fundraising
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity
  • A bachelor’s degree

 

 

Position Number Two: The Major Gift Officer (MGO), a responsible, energetic, and goals-driven professional, will carry his/her own portfolio and maintain a travel schedule of approximately 12 visits per month to secure pledges and gifts that contribute to the advancement of the College’s mission and achievement of its strategic goals. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Sr. Director for Development & Campaign, the MGO plays a role in all aspects of the gift cycle—actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects, including alumni, parents, and friends of the College. S/he will create customized strategies for prospect and donor engagement, craft effective written proposals, and adhere to moves management protocol. The MGO will work with Institutional Advancement team members, administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, and other constituencies as needed to engage prospects.

 

                                             

 

Qualifications:

 

 

 

  • Significant experience in one-on-one qualifying and cultivating of prospects, personal solicitations, and closing gifts
  • Ability to work independently and satisfy metrics for success
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • Excellent relationship and communication skills
  • Team-oriented mindset
  • High ethical standards
  • A passion for higher education fundraising
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity
  • A bachelor’s degree

 

 

Location: King's College is located in Wilkes-Barre, a small city in Northeast Pennsylvania. The campus is near the downtown area along the beautiful Susquehanna River. Local venues offer concerts, Triple A baseball, minor league hockey, and arena football. Nearby Pocono Mountains offer year-round outdoor activities including great skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and biking. King's is ideally located between New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C., and other easily accessible East Coast attractions. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport offers daily flights all over the world. For more information, please visit www.wilkes-barre.org.

 

 

 

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and résumé/CV to RPA Inc. at kingscollege@rpainc.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which position(s) are of interest. Please do not submit references at this stage, as they will not be retained. For a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please call Dana John Cohick, Vice President and Senior Consultant at 800-992-9277. The first review of candidates will begin on August 16, 2017, and interviews will commence thereafter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

 

 

King’s College is committed to recruiting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes applications from persons of traditionally under-represented groups. King’s College is committed to equal opportunity in employment, educational programs, and activities without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability in accordance with applicable laws