Edward Waters University — Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Development, Marketing & Communications

Edward Waters University announces the search for the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Development, Marketing & Communications (VP-IADMC) and invites nominations and applications for distinctive candidates to lead the institution’s historical legacy.

Founded in 1866, the 154 year-old urban, private, Christian (African Methodist Episcopal – AME), historically black, liberal arts college offers high quality four-year baccalaureate degrees and master’s degrees in seeking to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating academic programs of study. The university offers a close-knit, collegial, intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world. True to its historic mission the university’s academic program provides access and opportunity to a high-quality 21st century higher education consisting of a reinvigorated, practical, and engaged liberal arts curriculum buttressed by an array of comprehensive academic services to support high academic scholarship, achievement, and overall student success. 

Reporting to the President, the VP-IADMC will provide the leadership and vision to establish the university’s fundraising and philanthropic function as a model inventive and dynamic fundraising operation. The VP-IADMC will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase giving amongst all constituents including alumni, trustees, corporations, foundations, families, and employees. The VP-IADMC will also play a significant role in government relations and board of trustee development initiatives. Guided by the university’s five-year Eminence 2025 strategic plan and inspired by the dynamic and progressive leadership of its executive leader, the VP-IADMC will catalyze and embrace an aggressively ambitious academic, institutional, and capital improvement agenda. The VP-IADMC will build upon the university’s existing fundraising success and strategy, build a quality divisional team, develop alumni leaders, attract new leadership donors, and align resources to best meet institutional goals including: engagement of corporate partners; growth of endowment; and complete a readiness assessment for the prospective establishment and launch of an institutional capital campaign within 12-18 months.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree in an appropriate field strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of full-time, progressively more responsible leadership/management experience in institutional advancement and/or development.
  • Experience in building and supervising an advancement team and development program with the necessary administrative skills and competencies to succeed.
  • Additional desired competencies in:
    • Stakeholder relationship management
    • Fundraising and major gift coordination
    • Strategic leadership
    • Budget planning

The Search Profile, with additional information about Edward Waters University, the opportunities for the VP-IADMC, and instructions for application, may be found at:
https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/vice-president-of-institutional-advancement-development-marketing-communications-edward

Nominations and Applications

The application deadline for best consideration is January 17, 2023. The search will remain open until the appointments are made.

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest (not to exceed two pages)
  • The contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date)

Application materials should be sent to: EdwardWatersVPIA@agbsearch.com

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Vice President of Institutional Advancement position opportunity are encouraged. Please direct them to EdwardWatersVPIA@agbsearch.com or to the AGB search consultant listed below:

Carlton Brown, Executive Search Consultant, carlton.brown@agbsearch.com / 912-247-8661

Artis Hampshire-Cowen, Senior Consultant, artis.hampshire-cowan@agbsearch.com

Edward Waters University values Diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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