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Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Spelman College
Job Location:
Atlanta, 30314
Development and Fundraising

Position Title

Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Position Summary

Spelman is a top-ranked liberal arts college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Spelman is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

The Division of Institutional Advancement is vested with the responsibility of raising visibility and

credibility, cultivating friends, and securing financial resources to keep the promise of Spelman

as the liberal arts institution of choice for women of African descent. Spelman is on a trajectory to double the current endowment ($475m as of 6/30/23). The past campaign raised $339 million dollars, exceeding the goal of $250 million dollars by 35%.

The Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement reports directly to the President and provides energetic leadership, vision and strategic direction for the College's fundraising (including annual, individual planned giving, and corporate and foundation fundraising) and alumnae engagement. The Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement is a member of the President's Senior Team, and works closely with the President and members of the Board of Trustees to establish and attain all fund-raising goals, including envisioning and executing major Campaigns, and to advance the College's mission and strategic plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    * Establishes and implements a comprehensive institutional fundraising plan to generate income from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Works closely with the President and Board of Trustees to set a strategic direction for Spelman fundraising (annual and long-term)
  • Serves as President's chief adviser with College-wide issues related to fundraising
  • Leads and coordinates all fundraising efforts for the College, including capital/comprehensive campaigns and private fundraising efforts for all centers, departments and programs at the College
  • Leads a highly motivated professional fundraising team to achieve ambitious goals
  • Directs and evaluates all Institutional Advancement programs, including annual giving, leadership and planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and all associated programs (such as fundraising communications)
  • Prepares, implements, and manages plans for fundraising initiatives
  • Evaluates annually all fundraising programs and report regularly to the President, Board of Trustees and other key stakeholders on the effectiveness of the programs
  • Manages an active portfolio of prospects and advise and assist the President and lead fundraising volunteers to identify, engage and solicit their prospects
  • Represents the President at conferences and special meetings as assigned
  • Serves as staff resource on fundraising to the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Works actively to establish and secure budget resources for fundraising programs and to ensure budget compliance.
  • Oversees alumnae engagement and assures the integration of the alumnae into development goals and overall support of Spelman

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with 8-10 years of successful fundraising experience required, preferably in higher education or a major not-for-profit organization.

The ideal candidate must have a broad understanding of and commitment to success in college advancement, and an extensive record of achievement as a fundraiser (proven record of success in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations and implementing a range of fundraising activities, including direct mail programs, advancement communications special events, proposal submissions, and individual solicitations). Must be dynamic and goal-driven, and someone who embraces and is inspired by the Spelman mission of educating Black women to become global leaders. Experience managing a staff of 40 or more fundraising and alumnae engagement professionals, leadership volunteers, campaign volunteers and trustees, is preferred.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of people and organizations, and the ability to lead a team and work collaboratively are essential. Excellent oral communication skills are required when presenting information and responding to questions from internal and external customers in one-on-one or group situations. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to top management, corporation/foundation partners, individual donors, boards of trustees, and other constituencies of the College is essential.

Incumbent must be able to write successful fundraising proposals, correspondence, memos, letters, and e- mails. Also, must be able to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as budgets, fundraising reports, annual reports, and business journals. To be effective in the position, the incumbent must display a general understanding of higher education financing, budgets, endowments, charitable giving vehicles, and laws governing charitable giving.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to perform intermediate level computer skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Internet navigation and use of Lotus Notes/Outlook are required. Experience with fundraising software and principles of data management for fundraising (such as prospect research tools, gift accounting practices, moves management) is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree a preferred by not required.

Certifications, Licenses, Restrictions


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit, walk, use hands to operate computers and other office of equipment, and to move items, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to: stand, reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, and lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Full Time/Part Time: Full-time

Work Location/Schedule

This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement.

Posting Number: SC0608P

Open Until Filled: Yes

COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol

Due to the heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of variants, Spelman College requires up to date COVID-19 vaccination of all faculty, staff, and students (collectively "Campus Community") that have job duties, attend classes, or are otherwise present on campus. You will need to submit proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination: full vaccination and a booster (when eligible) or a single dose of the bivalent vaccine) prior to your first day on campus or you may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement by providing the necessary documentation to: Yemi Brown, PharmD Manager of COVID-19 Operations, at Upon receiving your Spelman Technology log-in credentials, please keep your vaccination or exemptions records up-to-date using Etrieve.
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