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Vice President for Advancement

Reed College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Reed College, a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college, seeks an experienced, strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its next vice president for advancement.

Reed College is a highly selective, national college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Portland, Oregon, with over 1,500 students. Reed provides one of the nation's most rigorous undergraduate experiences, with a highly structured academic program that balances broad distribution requirements and in-depth study in a chosen academic discipline.

The vice president for advancement will report to President Audrey Bilger and will be responsible for advancement, alumni relations, trustee relations and fundraising, marketing and communications, government and foundation grant relations, conferences and events planning, and community and external relations. Additionally, the person in this role will oversee brand, marketing, and public relations efforts for the college and the implementation of cohesive and timely communications strategies. As a key member of the President's senior leadership team, the vice president will participate in strategic planning and work collaboratively with others across the institution to identify and support college priorities, initiatives, and opportunities. The college seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking, and goal-oriented advancement leader with a robust track record as a major/principal gift fundraiser and manager of a sophisticated advancement operation.

Substantial leadership and management acumen is required, and thus the ideal candidate will have successfully led or had a major leadership role in development or advancement programs for at least 10 years. Demonstrated experience in developing and executing successful communications and fundraising campaigns is highly desirable. As would be expected, superior communication and relationship-building skills are necessary. The vice president for advancement will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to this outstanding institution by leading it to new levels of engagement with its external constituencies and even greater achievement in fundraising. Doing so will require the skills and experiences of a seasoned advancement leader and manager, one with a significant track record of personal and successful involvement in individual major and principal giving, and experience in leading a team of skilled fundraisers and alumni relations professionals. Demonstrated success with leadership experience within a comprehensive campaign is critical, as is a deep and abiding commitment to the liberal arts. A bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

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 Reed College in this search, which 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 Jenna Brumleve

Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

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