Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement
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Reporting to the President and CEO, the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement is a critical role ideally suited for a transformational philanthropic leader who is eager to help advance the mission of the Aspen Institute at a time when it is poised to build upon its legacy of impact and drive change in new ways towards solving society’s greatest challenges. As a member of the Institute’s Senior Executive Team—which leads all strategic, operational, and management functions of the Institute—the Executive Vice President will serve as a key partner to the President and CEO in developing the reach and impact of the Institute. The Executive Vice President will oversee a team of 20 professionals in OIA and a budget of approximately $7 million. The preferred location for this position is Washington, D.C. or the Washington, D.C./New York City corridor year-round and Aspen, Colorado in the summer months (required).
The Executive Vice President will lead the Institute’s Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), which includes principal and major gift fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving and membership programming through the Institute’s Society of Fellows, planned giving, trustee engagement, major events, stewardship, research, gift accounting, and Advancement Communications. The Executive Vice President will commit to working tirelessly to advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism across the Institute—externally and internally—including in the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The Executive Vice President will manage a principal gifts prospective donor portfolio, staff the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee, and work closely with the full Board. The Executive Vice President will play a lead coordination and strategy role across the organization in supporting program-led and program-specific fundraising, strategic partnerships, and Advancement best practice sharing among programs and their directors, and will also be asked to evaluate whether a significant fundraising campaign may be feasible for the Institute in the near future.
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in Aspen, Colorado, in 1949 as the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. It brings together thoughtful people with diverse backgrounds and points of view, cultivates and supports values-based, purpose-driven leaders in many communities, and turns ideas into action and impact for individuals and society. The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan experts, creatives, scholars, and grassroots leaders to address some of the world’s most complex problems. Its goal is always to have an impact beyond the convening space, and to provoke, further, and improve actions taken in the world.
The Aspen Institute's enduring purpose requires it to live the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in everything it does. By fostering a community of diverse talents, voices, and backgrounds, it lives and renews its mission and values. To achieve its mission, the Institute commits to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism across its myriad endeavors—from program design, policy development, convenings, network-building, and leadership initiatives to internal matters such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least fifteen years of management experience, ideally in a complex nonprofit or other mission-driven environment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Aspen Institute as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.
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