Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Hiram College
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 31, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiram College, a private, non-profit liberal arts and career-oriented college in Northeast Ohio of about 1000 students, seeks a dynamic, experienced professional to serve as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. The successful candidate will inherit a successful fundraising operation that regularly raises over $6 million in cash annually, including $1.3 million unrestricted funds. With over 16,000 living alumni, the Alumni Relations office regularly hosts over 1000 alumni on campus at the annual alumni weekend and actively engages alumni throughout the year.

  About Hiram

Hiram College, located in rural Northeast Ohio but less than an hour from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, provides students of all backgrounds an attainable private education that teaches the 21st-century skills needed to understand, shape, and meet the urgent challenges of the worlds they inhabit today, and those they will help lead tomorrow. The College equips all students with the tools necessary to embrace active learning in the classroom and beyond, with student-faculty collaboration at its forefront.

Hiram is one of only ten percent of U.S. colleges and universities to be awarded a chapter of the prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. The College is a designated institution within “Colleges That Change Lives” and “Colleges of Distinction.” Hiram is recognized regularly by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report (15th in regional Colleges-Midwest), and Washington Monthly (3rd nationally in baccalaureate colleges) for its academic excellence, superb teaching, value, spirit of innovation, and commitment to social mobility.

The College is known for its distinctive Hiram Plan, through which students complete 12 weeks of traditional coursework, take a week-long break, and finish their academic semester with three weeks of intensive study in a single class. Hiram takes yet another thoughtful approach to higher education through Hiram Connect, linking coursework, internships, study-away explorations, and hands-on learning opportunities. The process encourages students to reflect upon their academic experiences and helps them to determine what they want to do professionally and who they want to be personally.

Hiram offers 33 undergraduate majors, 38 minors, two dual-degree programs, six pre-professional programs, an online undergraduate program - Online@Hiram, and a master’s degree program in interdisciplinary studies.

In addition to its beautiful central campus, Hiram has two field stations as additional laboratories for student learning. Located fewer than three miles from campus, the College’s James H. Barrow Biological Field Station provides students with a 550-acre research and educational facility that not only enhances the science and environmental studies programs, but also delivers enrichment and inspiration for students in all majors. Hiram College also has a rustic camp called the Northwoods Field Station, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Students and alumni can visit Northwoods to reflect on the beauty of Hiawatha National Forest and Cherry Lake or to conduct research and take courses.

From Zambia to New Zealand, Hiram College also coordinates several study abroad programs each year. Led by Hiram faculty, the study abroad academic curriculum is team-taught and covers multiple areas of study. Students examine topics such as national identity, art and culture, business and the economy, and climate change, while immersing themselves in a new culture.

The College’s Tech and Trek mobile education program equips all students with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and keyboard bundle. The campus-wide Apple mobile education program was the first of its kind offered by a four-year college or university in Ohio. As a result, Hiram was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022 for the leadership and educational excellence it has demonstrated in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

 Hiram has nearly 70 registered student clubs and organizations spanning interests in academics, Greek life, music, politics and activism, publications and communications, faith, service, and recreation. The College also offers 18 varsity sports, 17 of which compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.

Hiram has an endowment of approximately $88 million and an annual operating budget of approximately $29 million.

The Position

The VP for Development and Alumni Relations is part of a 5-member Cabinet that reports directly to the president.  The other Cabinet members are the VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, the VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing, The VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and the VP for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The office of Development and Alumni Relations is housed in a restored Victorian home on the edge of campus, and the functional areas include Development; Alumni Relations; Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations; and Communications. Strategic Marketing and Media Relations reports to the VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing, and the more internally focused Communications area reports to the VP for Development and Alumni Relations, but the two areas work closely together. The VP for Development and Alumni Relations serves as the liaison to the Development Committee and the Trusteeship and Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees. All VPs are expected to participate fully in the Cabinet’s leadership and management of the College in addition to carrying out the responsibilities of their specific areas of responsibility.

Opportunities and Challenges

Like many small private colleges that have suffered enrollment declines in recent years, Hiram has had to depend heavily on fundraising to meet financial needs. Fortunately, the success of the fundraising operation has produced a substantial amount of endowed and current funds that can be invested in programs that are predicted to increase enrollment and improve the operational balance. Current donors continue to be extremely generous, but finding new donors will be an important task of the new VP. Like many areas of campus, the Development area suffered some staffing cuts several years ago, but the energy and professionalism of the remaining staff kept the operation going at a high level without missing a beat.  A full-time Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations was hired recently, which has greatly enhanced our ability to write grants and pursue funding beyond private donations.



The successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • major gift solicitation, donor stewardship, and new donor cultivation;
  • using ERP software such as Banner for tracking donor and financial information;
  • supporting a small staff and holding them accountable;
  • supervising alumni relations, grant management, and communications;
  • working effectively with the president and presidential spouse in fundraising;
  • working with Board of Trustees members, many of whom are also major donors;
  • working across campus with faculty, staff, and students to identify fundraising needs.
  • understanding and working with the particular cultural and financial challenges facing tuition-dependent private colleges today.

The following attributes are highly desirable:

  • a high level of energy;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • an honest and genuine approach to relationships that will engender trust in colleagues and donors;
  • a sense of humor and the ability to take one’s work seriously without taking oneself seriously.


Application Process

Apply directly through the College website at

Please submit a letter of interest addressing the above qualifications and a current CV through the link above. Include three professional references with their email addresses and phone numbers. Every effort will be made to candidates’ confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without candidates’ permission. Review of candidates will begin immediately with full consideration given to applications received by September 17, 2021. 

To nominate a candidate for consideration, please send an email including the candidate’s contact information to Karen Holland, Executive Director of Human Resources, at


Hiram College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Excellence through Diversity!

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