Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Haverford College is partnering with the Aspen Leadership Group in the search for a Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The VPIA will be the chief strategist and advisor to the president on donor cultivation and stewardship, campaign infrastructure and execution, building deep and productive relationships with alumni, parents, families, friends, and major foundations, and partnering with the Board of Managers to enhance their roles in achieving College strategy. The VPIA will build upon the College's culture of philanthropy and, as a member of the president's Senior Staff, provide vision and insight on issues affecting the entire College. The VPIA will exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity and a commitment to Haverford’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism goals.

The VPIA will arrive at a significant moment when the Haverford community and nation at large continue to grapple with racism and inequities on campus and across the United States. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity and equity, rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, reflected in the academic program, lived experience, and composition of the College community. The College is committed to both urgent and long-term processes of structural and institutional change, reaffirming a dedication to racial justice and antiracist action now and for the future. The VPIA will need both the ability to engage in conversations across difference as well as the leadership skills necessary to build robust structures that engage and support Haverford students and alumni. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and enthusiasm for the College’s mission.

Haverford College was founded in 1833 by Quakers for whom academic excellence, offered in a setting of tolerance and mutual respect, would serve a larger goal of “educating the whole person.” Although Haverford no longer has a formal religious affiliation, its Quaker origins still inform many aspects of life at the College. This influence is shown most clearly in the close relationship among members of the campus community, in the emphasis on integrity, in the interaction of the individual and the community, in the commitment to shared governance, and in developing students’ capacities to contribute to the greater good.

The College is known for its academic excellence, student-run academic and social Honor Code, and beautiful arboretum campus near a vibrant major city. Haverford is consistently considered among the top colleges in the country. Its rigorous liberal arts academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration and discovery, and pushing the boundaries of each field. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion. The Haverford faculty is composed of more than 160 scholars at the top of their fields. The absence of teaching assistants and graduate students means the focus of the education is squarely on the student, with professors working side-by-side with students to do high-level research. Haverford's 1,300+ students enjoy the many benefits of living and learning in a diverse community made up of students from nearly every state and more than 40 nations, where 45% identify as people of color, 37% are domestic students of color, and more than 25% speak a language other than English at home.

Haverford has a commitment to improving access for first-generation and low-income students. In addition to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, the College has invested in partnerships with community-based organizations to attract and support students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Fifty percent of students receive some form of financial aid and more than 47% receive a college grant averaging around $50,000. Haverford is also committed to minimizing debt upon graduation, including a no-loans policy for students with family income below $60,000/year.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of experience as an executive in institutional advancement or a similar role that offers advanced relationship management skills and the opportunity to support the mission and vision of a liberal arts college towards achievement of its philanthropic goals.  All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be no more than two pages in length and responsive to Haverford College's commitments to liberal arts education, excellence, concern for individual growth, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

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