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Vice President for College Advancement and Communications

Colorado College

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Colorado College

Vice President for College Advancement and Communications

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado College, one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges and home to the creative and innovative Block Plan, seeks a vice president for college advancement and communications to lead its development, alumni and family relations, and communications efforts to a new level of attainment in pursuit of the college's goals.

Colorado College is a private, four-year liberal arts college with roughly 2,300 undergraduates, located on a beautiful 99-acre campus in downtown Colorado Springs and is the only institution of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus features historically recognized buildings and innovative contemporary architecture. Best known for its Block Plan, where students take, and professors teach, only one class at a time, Colorado College attracts top students seeking new perspectives and an array of experiential learning opportunities possible only in an immersive learning environment.

The vice president will join Colorado College at a pivotal moment in the institution's history. L. Song Richardson became the college's 14th president in July of 2021 with the vision "to prepare students to create a more just world by igniting their passions and potential and encouraging them to reach across differences to find common ground and understanding." Colorado College is ready to refresh and finely tune its institutional narrative and identity. The vice president will report to President Richardson, will be an integral part of the senior leadership team, and will serve as the chief officer responsible for leading, managing, and implementing the institution's strategic fundraising, advancement, marketing, and public relations plans.

The vice president will serve as the chief advancement officer for the campus and advise the President and other senior-level leaders on all advancement matters. Additionally, the person in this role will oversee brand, marketing, and public relations efforts for the college and the implementation of cohesive internal and external communications strategies. Superior ability to think strategically at the institutional, departmental, and individual prospect levels is of the utmost importance.

The college seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking, and goal-oriented advancement and communications leader with a robust track record as a major/principal gift fundraiser and manager of a sophisticated advancement operation, with a skillset for developing and inspiring teams. A strategic and innovative thinker, the vice president will articulate an aligned vision for the college's advancement and communications efforts and will utilize their creativity and that of the staff to create and to execute plans in pursuit of ambitious goals. To accomplish this most effectively, the vice president will preferably possess direct experience in a higher education setting of similar style and complexity to that of Colorado College. Campaign leadership experience is required, as is a commitment to and ability to advocate on behalf of Colorado College's core values and mission.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Colorado College in this search. This search will remain open until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jevon Walton

Compensation Range:
$350,000 - $375,000


At Colorado College, we are dedicated to dismantling systemic and institutional discrimination. We embrace diversity and support a community where all individuals, without exception, feel valued, empowered, and treated equitably. Guided by the college's Antiracism Plan, we work to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all who teach, learn, work, and live in our community.

Colorado College aims to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. As a leading institution in higher education, we strive for inclusive excellence in access to, and development and delivery of, outstanding learning opportunities and success for our diverse community of individuals who teach, learn, and work at the college. We pursue the equal opportunity of individuals to fully participate in our mission.

Colorado College is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship—including (but not limited to) recruiting, hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, and access to training—without regard to race, creed, color, caste, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression, perceived gender, sexual preferences and sexual orientation), disability, marital status, veteran status, age, genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

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This college was founded in 1874 with an adventurous spirit. The people who decided Colorado needed a first-rate, East Coast-style liberal arts and sciences college were visionary mavericks. They came to the foot of Pikes Peak and created a distinctive city and a unique college. Colorado College people are still adventurers – trying new ideas for courses, exploring classical ideas from fresh angles, and venturing out into the community, the wilderness, and the world.

At Colorado College, teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do. We have fewer than 2,050 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.   Our student to faculty ratio ensures that professors and pupils have the privilege of face-to-face interaction and in-class discussion. Of CC's 168 full-time professors, 96% hold the highest degree in their field. 

colorado_college2.jpgColorado College is the only liberal arts and sciences college in the Rocky Mountains, a stunning backdrop for our campus. Faculty and students take full advantage of our Southwestern location, some studying geology in the Grand Canyon or anthropology in Anasazi ruins and nearly all taking off during block breaks (four well-deserved free days between blocks) to rock-climb, mountain-bike, ski, build a Habitat for Humanity house or tutor local school children.

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