Associate VP for Institutional Advancement

Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nov 02, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Associate VP for Institutional Advancement

Join the team at our beautiful lakefront campus!


Carthage College is seeking a talented and motivated leader to fill the important position of Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement (AVPIA). The successful candidate will join the Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) during a period of great excitement and growth at Carthage College under the leadership of President John Swallow.

The successful candidate will be replacing a long-time AVPIA, who is retiring after 25 years of service to the College, and will become the right hand for the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Thomas Kline, a six-year veteran of Carthage College who has been serving as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for 18 months. Opportunities abound under this new leadership, and there is wind in the sails of Carthage's fundraising efforts. The College recently celebrated the closing of a $47 million comprehensive campaign in 2017 and a one-year $1.2 million micro-campaign for a residence hall in 2018, and there are more exciting initiatives on the horizon. The most immediate project involves a multi-year program and campaign celebrating the College's milestone of 150 years of educating women, which will lead into the launch of the next comprehensive campaign. The AVPIA will play an essential role in leading these and other efforts.

The AVPIA reports to the VPIA and works closely with the President, VPIA, Trustees, Executive staff, and the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, who oversees major and planned giving. The AVPIA oversees approximately six direct reports.


The AVPIA provides strategic leadership and oversight to the College's campaign management, annual fund programs, alumni and parent engagement, foundation and corporate relations, advancement programs (donor relations and stewardship), advancement services, and college-wide events units. In many respects, this position functions as a chief operations officer, which allows the vice president for institutional advancement (VPIA) to focus on leadership and working with the president on securing extraordinary gifts. Depending on the incumbent's interest and experience in major gift fundraising, there will be the opportunity to maintain a small portfolio of donors after a period of acclimation.

Strategic Planning. With VPIA oversight, the AVPIA leads strategic planning for the IA team, which includes preparing, executing, and managing annual goals and programmatic plans. In fostering a spirit of continuous growth and improvement, the AVPIA will regularly evaluate and benchmark fundraising programs at peer institutions in order to maximize operations across all areas of the office.

Campaign Management. The AVPIA helps to develop and oversee campaign strategies, goals, and solicitations to ensure targets are met. This position regularly checks in on fundraisers, including the VPIA, to keep plans on track.

Annual Fundraising Programs. In supervising the Director of the Carthage Fund, the AVPIA will ensure the execution and management of The Carthage Fund, a comprehensive, integrated, annual fundraising program that results in ever-increasing sustainable financial support for Carthage College, increased alumni donations, and volunteer involvement.

Alumni and Parent Relations. In supervising the Director for Alumni and Parent Relations, the AVPIA will ensure that the College plans and executes programs that bring together constituents from across the country through networking, social, and philanthropic events for the benefit of one another, students, and the College.

Foundation and Corporate Relations. In supervising the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, the AVPIA will help ensure the College develops and executes a sound engagement and fundraising strategy for regional, state, and national private foundations, businesses, corporations, and government-associated funding entities.

College-wide Events. Working with the Director of Advancement Programs, the AVPIA oversees campus-wide events and celebrations, including the Community Welcome, Christmas Festival, graduation programs and Commencement, Presidential Inaugurations, VIP funerals, VIP speakers, and other events as identified by the President and VPIA. As required, the AVPIA directly leads various special events, such as the upcoming celebration of 150 years of educating Carthage women.

Donor Relations and Stewardship. In supervising the Director of Advancement Programs, the AVPIA will oversee various programs that support donor relationships and steward major and principal gifts. Additionally, in working with offices across campus, the AVPIA ensures that College policies for gift acceptance, the administration of major gifts, and the donor's intent are synchronized and sustained.

Advancement Services. In supervising the Director of Advancement Services, the AVPIA ensures the College is adhering to best practices in gift accounting, database management, and reporting, and ensures that technology systems meet fundraising and relationship needs.

Prospect Research. The AVPIA coordinates the prospect research functions of the office, leveraging both internal and external resources as needed to complete donor profiles and other research functions. Advancement Communications. Working closely with the advancement communications manager and Office of Communications, the AVPIA helps implement a unified communications strategy to advance the mission and goals of the College.

Office Management. The AVPIA is responsible for the overall management of the IA office and, with the VPIA, serves as the internal point of contact and ensures good working relationships with individuals and offices across campus. The AVPIA assists in developing the IA budget and oversees the annual operating budget. In supervising the Administrative Assistant for Institutional Advancement, the position ensures a high level of customer service for all constituents.

Front-line Fundraising. Depending on the incumbent's interest and experience in major gift fundraising, the opportunity to maintain a small portfolio of donors may be possible after a period of acclimation.


Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited college required; Master's degree preferred
Minimum ten years of experience in Institutional Advancement or Fundraising in higher education, or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional qualities required:

  • A creative and effective leader with expertise in strategic planning, program implementation, personnel management, and accountability
  • Experience in numerous facets of institutional advancement, and the demonstrated capacity to learn new skills quickly
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as part of a collaborative team, and to develop teams
  • Positive attitude and leadership style, and the ability to bring out the best in others
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office environment and effectively manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to travel as needed: locally, regionally, and nationally


Interested candidates should submit a single PDF file to the Resume Upload section at, including a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references.  For best consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2018.


Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.