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Vice President, Development

Whittier College

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Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally recognized liberal arts program.Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body.The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Vice President, Development

The Development Office at Whittier College is seeking a Vice President. Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Development is responsible for managing Whittier College's fundraising program through supervision of the Development Department as a whole and the plan for developing and achieving campaign goals. The Vice President, working with the President and Board will lead strategic fundraising campaigns for Whittier College.

The Vice President is responsible for providing leadership and direction to an experienced staff and for determining specific staffing needs in support of campaign goals. The Vice President is expected to spend 80% of his/her time fundraising against an approved plan and timeline, 10% working with the President in support of trustee giving strategy and management and 10% on coordinating the areas reporting to the position. She/he plays a leadership role in strategic planning and administrative leadership of the division. Development. This position works in close concert with division and campus colleagues to secure significant philanthropic support for Whittier College and facilitates the President's efforts to secure extraordinary gifts and oversee outreach efforts to new constituencies.

Hours: Monday – Friday
Exempt Status: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time status: Full Time
Salary Range: $180,000-$210,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

Reports to: College President

Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Development


• Develops and manages strategies and tactics to expand the College's philanthropic activities and to grow current gift revenue and the endowment as well as expand alumni engagement and loyalty.
• Provides oversight and coordination of Whittier's fundraising activities, including prospect management, proposal development, campaign operations, planned giving and foundation relations.
• Works with the major gift officers to effectively manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, secure annual/leadership, major, principal and deferred gifts in support of established fundraising goals, and ensure the effective engagement of volunteers.
• Builds and sustains a high-performing fundraising team by developing and mentoring staff, and investing in their professional growth. Develops systems to cultivate and celebrate collaboration, creativity, and continuous learning.
• Manages a personal portfolio of major gift prospects, identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding principal and major gift prospects for College priorities.
• Establishes strong and appropriate relationships with the President, Board members, faculty, administrators, staff, students, donors, and alumni to advance the division's fundraising goals in conjunction with the College's strategic priorities. Directly supports President, Vice President and Trustee efforts to grow trustee philanthropic capacity.
• Works closely with the President, Vice Presidents, board members, and other college administrators to jointly identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward key prospects. Direct support of President and Trustee efforts to grow trustee philanthropic capacity is an important part of this role.


Previous Experience: The candidate will have a rich development background (minimum 10+ years), with progressive fundraising experience in major and planned gifts, preferably in independent higher education and working with major donors in California. Experience leading comprehensive capital campaigns is preferred, as well as experience interfacing with advancement services to develop data and process infrastructure in growth settings. Must be a highly energetic professional with a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration, and be a proven manager and builder of teams.

Knowledge and Education: The candidate must possess exceptional organizational skills, strong written and oral communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, proven negotiation and mediation skills, and a creative and positive attitude toward the advancement of Whittier College. Requires ability to handle multiple assignments with minimum supervision while meeting strict deadlines. Must be able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic advancement plans. Experience managing budgets. A Bachelor's degree is required, a Master's degree is strongly preferred.

Application Deadline: until the position is filled.

The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/EOE.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law

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Since its founding in 1887, Whittier College has been a place of academic innovation, where a community of learners pushes past constraints and "measured" ways of doing things, embracing the bold and the cutting edge.

Here, students and professors alike reach across academic dividing lines to discover the interconnectedness of ideas.

As a result, students gain an intellectual grounding that will serve them throughout their lives—as scholars, professionals, and responsible world citizens.

Whittier College is a four-year residential liberal arts college that pushes students to question the world around them and figure out their place in it. Located in the heart of Southern California between bustling Los Angeles and beautiful Orange County, Whittier is distinguished by its small size, pioneering faculty, and nationally recognized curriculum. Facilities rival those at large public institutions, but ours is an intimate setting where students and professors unite in an ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

Mission & Vision

Whittier College: Living and Learning in True Community
Our long academic tradition—grounded in the Quaker quest for knowledge and personal growth—aims to foster in students an appreciation for the complexities of the modern world and workplace while never losing sight of the importance of social responsibility. This is a place where students become actively involved in the local community as they explore their role in the global community, too.

Whittier's residential nature is a key component in defining who we are, as students and professors live and learn in close proximity to one another, fostering an atmosphere where knowledge can be pursued 24/7. This is a community where individuality is valued, tolerance is cherished, and the things that make each of us unique are seen as invaluable tools in seeking greater knowledge and understanding.

Mission Statement
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.


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