The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management — Vice President for Development

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an over 50-year-old nonprofit alliance of some of the world’s leading graduate business schools and corporate partners. The Consortium is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in global business education and leadership by striving to reduce the significant underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both Member Schools’ enrollments and the ranks of global management across for-profit corporations, nonprofit corporations, government agencies and contractors, and entrepreneurial ventures. They strive to achieve this mission by helping their 20 member schools recruit students for their full time MBA programs.

The Position: The Consortium is seeking its next Vice President for Development. The Vice President for Development serves on the Executive Team of The Consortium and, under the direction of the CEO, shares the responsibility for the leadership and performance of the organization. Overseeing a team of six development professionals, the Vice President is responsible for the planning, development, and oversight of all fundraising functions including corporate contribution, foundation and grant-related activities, event underwriting, and individual giving programs. Working in conjunction with the CEO, the Vice President will participate in strategic planning activities and will prepare the annual operating budget for The Consortium’s development functions. The Vice President is responsible for advising and supporting corporate partners in their branding activities and efforts to recruit and yield Consortium students for internships and full time hires and alumni through the hiring process. Developing and implementing plans for new sources of revenue, the Vice President and will define measurable goals and objectives to ensure successful partnerships with corporate partners, member institutions, alumni, and current students. The Vice President is also responsible for creating annual development plans with member schools consistent with their responsibilities to The Consortium. The Vice President will have significant visibility with the Board of Trustees, Board Committees, and the Corporate Advisory Board and will represent the CEO, in his or her absence.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have significant professional fundraising and relationship management experience, with a focus on Fortune 1000 companies and should possess strong interpersonal skills at all levels. Superior communication skills, the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, and the ability to build relationships and rapport with a wide range of individuals are imperative. The next Vice President must demonstrate a strong process orientation to ensure the development and maintenance of world-class infrastructure in a fast-paced, continually changing environment. Strong analytical skills are required to ensure effective and efficient operations of Consortium resources. Highly valued characteristics include integrity, sound judgement, and strong ethics. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.

The Organization: The Consortium was created in 1966 to give African American men the business skills they need to secure positions in American corporations. Since that time, the mission has expanded to reduce the underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in American business and graduate business schools. The Consortium is now an alliance of 20 top graduate MBA programs, 90 corporate partners, more than 1,000 students, and a robust network of more than 10,000 alumni. Each year, approximately 10,000 students enter a top 50 full-time MBA program, but underrepresented minorities comprise only 8% of the population. Companies realize that having diverse talent within their management ranks is imperative to promote short-term and long-term financial performance. However, the need for talent has become extremely competitive due to the number of Fortune 1000 companies, non-profit organizations, and the allure of entrepreneurship. Annually, The Consortium awards membership to over 500 MBA candidates. The candidates encompass over 60% of the underrepresented population of students attending a top 50 MBA program. Since inception, The Consortium has extended approximately $425 million in fellowship support, resulting in the success of over 10,000 MBAs. The Consortium’s corporate partners leverage their partnership to recruit top-level MBA talent for internships. Many of these internships lead to full-time employment. Corporate partners are also able to recruit Consortium alumni with post-MBA experience. The Consortium has also recently established a program for underrepresented undergraduate students in any academic discipline called Competitive Advantage. For more information about The Consortium, view the 2018 Annual Report at https://cgsm.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CGSM-2018-Annual-Report_LowRes-1.pdf or visit the Consortium website at https://cgsm.org

Location: The Consortium’s headquarters is in Chesterfield, Missouri. The City of Chesterfield stretches across 32 square miles just 25 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. Chesterfield is known as the “City of Volunteers” because of the city’s rich history of public service. Chesterfield is home to more than 47,000 residents who enjoy its tree-lined neighborhoods, thriving business community, top-rated public-school districts, houses of worship, nationally recognized hospital, shopping centers, horse farms, and many historic and cultural attractions. Looking more broadly, St. Louis and its suburbs stretch along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and have a richly diverse population of over 2 million people with the feel of a much larger city. St. Louis is home to top-rated colleges and universities, ten Fortune 500 companies, and sport teams, including the Cardinals and the Blues.

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at ConsortiumVP@rpainc.org. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please call Amanda O’Donnell, Vice President and Senior Consultant, or Kendra Mozug, Search Consultant at 570-321-6111. The review of candidates will begin on October 24, 2019, and first-round interviews will commence thereafter.

The Consortium does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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