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Vacancy IDS2530Job TitleASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENGAGEMENTDepartmentEngagement and Constituent RelationsSchool/Parent OrganizationInstitutional Advancement Parent OrgDivisionInstitutional Advancement DivisionEmployment CategoryFulltime-RegularAnticipated start date01/06/2020If temporary, expected end dateHours per week37.5Weeks Per Year52.20Normal Start Time08:30Normal End Time17:00Position/Job SummaryThe Associate Vice President (AVP), along with the Vice President, will be the administrators responsible for leading Ithaca College’s efforts in building partnerships for corporate and foundation funding, annual fund development and alumni/family relations.
The AVP will further the mission by providing executive leadership, strategic direction, cultivation of constituency relations and management of alumni/family relations. They will ensure a coordinated approach to the college’s philanthropic efforts and will assist in developing and implementing a wide-reaching annual giving program and alumni/family relations initiatives that meet the current and future needs of the college. The AVP will actively participate in identifying, cultivating, and nurturing relationships that result in a strong annual fund campaign. The AVP will personally carry a portfolio of at least 25 significant major donors and will work closely with the Vice President to advance efforts in identification, cultivation and solicitation of these areas.
The AVP will work closely with academic leaders, the alumni association board and friends of the college, faculty, and staff in service of the mission and funding priorities of the college. This strategic and collaborative leader reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and is responsible for developing, directing and executing Ithaca College’s strategies and tactics to deepen involvement and commitment from alumni, students, parents and community members who wish to be invested in the future of Ithaca College through annual giving programs as well as corporate/foundation relations.

Position/Job Responsibilities•Provide leadership, supervision, and management for Annual Fund, Alumni/Family Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Partnerships. Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects;
•Assist the Vice President and other college administrators in establishing the college’s funding priorities for annual fundraising and philanthropy goals and objectives that are consistent with the college’s mission and vision and strategic plan. Provide strategic direction and leadership to the division’s engagement programs, developing with the alumni board and the staff a set of strategic goals and priorities for engagement. Identify the points of evaluation, metrics, and analyses necessary for the assessment and management of programs, and use these to strengthen and enhance existing activities along with implementing new initiatives designed to enhance the connection and relationship to Ithaca College.
•Oversee the strategy development, implementation and management to enhance active participation and involvement of alumni, parents, students, friends and community in support of Ithaca College. Provide leadership and operational oversight to staff in the implementation of programs, communications, and volunteer roles that bring various constituent groups together on campus and around the world;
•Lead and support appropriate staff in developing and executing annual fundraising goals, alumni giving % and assist in planning a comprehensive campaign. Building strong personal relationships across campus and the broader Ithaca college community. Serve as an ambassador for Ithaca College and an advocate for advancement, travelling as needed. Oversee a comprehensive volunteer program and provide strategic direction to Ithaca College. Advancement team to identify, recruit, train, and support the network of alumni, parents and friend to serve as volunteers working on behalf of Ithaca College Advancement programs to maximize their potential and focus their talents for the good of Ithaca College. In addition to directly supporting the Alumni Association Board of Directors, provide guidance to other staff in identifying and developing volunteers and leaders who represent the full spectrum of our Ithaca College community, maximizing meaningful engagement for volunteers.
•Partner with Marketing on the development and implementation of a strategic advancement communications plan, which encompasses development, donor relations, and constituent engagement efforts. Develop processes and best practices to ensure accuracy, coordination, and proper timing of communications to maximize impact and outcomes from messages. Develop metrics to evaluate communications.
•As the AVP will assist in building and sustain a dynamic philanthropic organization and promote thoughtful and productive relationships. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion as a college priority, communicate to employees an expectation of behavior that is civil and inclusive when interacting with all staff, faculty, students and visitors and promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment.
•Oversee the development of all event strategies for Advancement. Partner with program staff in executing events to ensure that the engagement, cultivation, or stewardship objectives are developed, met, and recorded so that our event investments are fiscally responsible with a focus on long term return on investment.
•Assume responsibility for special projects as assigned by the Vice President. Perform other duties as assigned.

Position/Job QualificationsMaster’s degree and a minimum of five years’ experience in development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, communications, or related field. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, strong leadership skills, and change management.
This position requires a proven ability to integrate alumni and other constituent relations programs with development priorities and initiatives. To be successful, this person must have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated, with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; showing an ability to plan, develop and implement activities, programs, communications and special events.
This position requires a high level of ability to engage others, meaning outstanding written and verbal communications skills; previous experience working with and supervising volunteers; ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment; ability to treat all people equitably and with a sensitivity and awareness to cultural difference; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for behavior that is supportive of a community that is diverse and inclusive. The person must be willing to travel to maintain a high level of visibility and to participate regularly in events, and also have the flexibility to work evenings, weekends. The successful person in this role must possess a high degree of personal integrity, good judgement, and a commitment to the College’s and divisions’ values.
In order to achieve a high level of accountability and improvement in the program, we will look to this person to have more than a working knowledge of various word processing, spreadsheet, and database software applications, but to also be conversant with relevant technologies and how they can be used in support of tracking engagement, communicating, engaging alumni and volunteers in activities and programming, and managing and measuring results.
As a leader in the division, this individual should possess a supportive and accessible management style, the ability to lead and motivate a tenured staff and to encourage change and growth in both people and programs, and demonstrate a strong commitment to personal and professional development.
Experience working in a college or university setting or working with faculty and academic leadership is preferred.

EEO StatementIthaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Instructions for submitting your application:Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references. Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately.

Work authorization (select one):Visa sponsorship is not provided for this positionDepartment descriptionCollege DescriptionAt Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demon

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