Macalester College is looking for an energetic, innovative, results-oriented fundraising leader to join the college’s Advancement Division as Assistant Vice President for Development. This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement and directs all aspects of leadership giving for the college. The AVP will lead a staff of fifteen, managing Major and Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, and Grants, Foundations, and Corporate Relations, as well as Prospect Research & Management and Donor Relations. In addition to providing on-going strategic and operational oversight of fundraising, the AVP for Development will build and maintain a personal portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and donors and play a leadership role in the college’s next campaign.
The AVP will work with the other leaders in Advancement to foster a cross-functional, team-based culture, to define divisional strategic priorities and management policies, and to increase the diversity, equity, and inclusion within Advancement. Beyond Advancement, the AVP for Development will work with the President of the college, other senior administrators, and trustees and will represent Advancement within the college community, building partnerships on campus with faculty, staff, and students, as well as with alumni, parents, and members of the greater community.
AVP for Development candidates should demonstrate the following:
A personal commitment to education, with a bachelor’s degree required and a graduate or professional degree preferred.
At least 8 years of experience within fundraising and development. Current knowledge of all fundraising functions: principal and major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, campaign planning, and execution.
Personal success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills, as well as excellent communication skills, including listening, writing and presentation skills.
Proven people-management skills that nurture teamwork, ownership, and high standards in a mission-driven environment.
A commitment to fostering inclusive work environments that embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view.
An authentic appreciation for liberal arts education and the college’s mission.
For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF through the Macalester Employment Opportunities website by June 7, 2020. All inquiries about this position should be directed to:
Since its founding in 1874, Macalester College, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. The educational experience at Macalester supports the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. Preparing students for engaged citizenship and effective civic leadership is a critical part of Macalester’s mission. Students develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world.
Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, women and veterans.