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Vice President for Advancement

Roanoke College
Salem, Virginia (US)
The target salary for this position is $210,000 annually.
Date posted
Mar 21, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Roanoke College in the search for a Vice President for Advancement.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement will champion Roanoke College’s mission, reach, and impact through the creation and implementation of a visionary and comprehensive advancement strategic plan. As the College’s chief advancement officer, the Vice President will serve as a pivotal institutional change agent and strategic partner for the President and other senior leaders, writing the next chapter in Roanoke’s nearly 200-year-old history—a story of a 21st century small college on the move. The Vice President will build and foster a campus-wide culture of philanthropy, broaden and diversify the College’s donor community and partnerships, grow alumni and family participation and giving, lead capital campaigns, and secure major gifts. The Vice President will advance the President’s vision and the College’s strategic priorities, articulating a clear, compelling, and unique value proposition to current and prospective donors, alumni and families, industry and regional partners, and other friends of the College. The Vice President will work closely with the Vice President for Marketing and Communications to create a comprehensive and data-driven strategy for internal and external advancement communications, including branding and content strategy, audience segmentation, multi-channel communication, media relations, and assessment. The Vice President will lead a talented team of fundraisers, donor relations, community engagement, and family and alumni relations professionals, fostering collaboration and engaging with external consultants to support strategic needs.

For nearly 200 years, Roanoke College has championed its students’ potential and provided transformational educational experiences. An independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college located in Salem, Virginia, Roanoke College is much more than a place to start a career—it is a place to explore what matters, learn where to fit in the world, and design a life with meaning and purpose. Set on 80 acres surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke College is the second oldest Lutheran-related college in America. Its nearly 2,000 students can choose from 97 areas of study and enjoy the benefits of small class sizes. With 23 Division III athletics programs and more than 140 clubs and student organizations, there is something for everyone at Roanoke College. The more than 18,000 alumni across the nation, and the globe, ensure a strong network of support beyond the campus.

Roanoke College develops students as whole persons and prepares them for responsible lives of learning, service, and leadership by promoting their intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and personal growth. Roanoke champions potential, providing learning and leadership through leading-edge academic programs and transformative educational experiences, giving students the mettle, mindset, and empathy to pursue lives of purpose, build meaningful careers, and meet society’s most pressing needs. As such, Roanoke College is committed to being a leading national liberal arts college, a model of experiential learning, and a community committed to open discourse and civil debate as ways of learning and as preparation for service in the world.

Roanoke College pursues its mission through an innovative curriculum that combines a core program in the liberal arts; major fields of study in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts; along with career-oriented, specialized programs of study. Founded by Lutherans in 1842, Roanoke College welcomes and reflects a variety of religious traditions. The College honors its Christian heritage and its partnership with the Lutheran church by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason. In keeping with its history and mission, the College strives to be a diverse community, nationally and internationally. Central to achieving the purposes of the College is a strong commitment to liberal education and its vision of human freedom leading to service within the human community. The College’s learning goals, therefore, focus upon developing both a student’s confident sense of freedom in the world and a sense of purpose in using that freedom. Through these goals the College strives to produce resourceful, informed, and responsible citizens prepared for productive careers and for leadership in community.

Roanoke College is dedicated to improving the quality of life for students of multicultural backgrounds and, through a more welcoming and comforting environment, helping them excel academically and socially. Through diverse educational, cultural, and social programs, Roanoke College is building a more diverse community of students. The promise of the Roanoke Difference has always been dependent on Roanoke College’s ability to embrace diversity and inclusivity.

U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine consistently rank Roanoke College as one of the top colleges and liberal arts programs in the nation. The College ranked in the top 9% on Princeton Review’s Best 389 Colleges list and ranked #14 on the publications list of best college radio stations. Roanoke College was also ranked one of 16 colleges of distinction in the state of Virginia for 2024. The College has also been recognized as a top Fulbright producing institution with a record six students for one year.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred for this role as is at least ten years of progressive responsibility and leadership in institutional advancement. Roanoke College will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the College, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Roanoke College as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The target salary for this position is $210,000 annually.

Roanoke College is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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