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Vice President for Advancement

Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
$140,000 - $160,000

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Four-Year Institution
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Coe College seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial and experienced leader to serve as its Vice President for Advancement.

Serving as an executive officer of the college and key member of the President’s senior team, the vice president is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs and recruiting and developing talented team members focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. This includes responsibility for annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations efforts, C3: Creativity, Careers, Community, stewardship and advancement services.

The successful candidate will have a deep and robust record of major gift fundraising, both as a gift officer and as a leader of fundraising programs, operations and people. Relevant experience should be in environments of similar complexity to that of a higher educational institution that attends to the considerations of multiple stakeholders. In addition to modeling servient leadership in a student centric community, the next vice president must be committed to advancing institutional diversity, equity and inclusion.

The vice president will be expected to launch and guide a comprehensive national campaign with specific emphasis on growing Coe’s endowment.



Coe College is a national, residential liberal arts college offering a broad array of programs in the arts, sciences and professions. The campus encompasses nearly 70 acres in the heart of Iowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids, and is adjacent to the MedQuarter Regional Medical District. 

A member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), Coe enrolls 1,400 students and has approximately 415 full- and part-time employees. This includes nearly 90 full-time faculty members and 180 full-time staff members. The nine largest incoming classes in the college’s history have all come in the last nine years, with the most recent class totalling 436 students from 27 states and six countries.

The college offers over 60 areas of study with a 4-4-1 academic calendar including an optional May Term. Nearly all students live on campus all four years, and 90% of students are involved in one or more co-curricular activities. 

Producing 32 Fulbright Scholars in the last eight years, Coe has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students when compared nationally with all colleges and universities. The college provides a highly personalized approach to education with an average class size of 16 students and a student faculty ratio of 11:1. Coe is ranked among the top 20% of all colleges and universities (according to U.S. News & World Report), and hosts a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Coe’s nearly 70-acre campus includes 40 buildings and serves as an urban field station creating opportunities for students and faculty to research and study interaction of the city with the campus environment. An extension of campus includes Coe’s Wilderness Field Station, which is situated on 120 acres of land in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. 

Recent capital improvement projects exceeding $40 million in investments include the renovation and expansion of Coe’s athletic facilities, renovation of Hickok Hall, an addition to and renovation of Peterson Hall of Science and renovation of Stewart Memorial Library to create the Learning Commons. 

For the past decade, nearly 100% of Coe graduates have been employed, in grad school, or engaging in public service within nine months of graduation. Our location in Cedar Rapids means students have access to an extensive network of employment, internship, research and networking opportunities. That’s why The Princeton Review ranks Coe as the #10 best private college in the nation for internships and the #20 best private college in the nation for alumni network.

Our C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center is dedicated to working one-on-one with students to help them identify and land internship placements that match their unique interests and goals. Research opportunities have taken students to laboratories in the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and many other locations around the world. Students can participate in one of over 40 off-campus study programs in Washington, DC; New York City; and dozens of foreign countries.





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1220 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids
United States
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