Harvey Mudd College (HMC) seeks a strategic, collaborative and accomplished development professional to serve as its next Assistant Vice President for Development (AVP). The position becomes available at an important time in the College’s history, as HMC prepares to grow its Advancement team in preparation for the College’s next comprehensive campaign.
Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the AVP will educate and engage all members of the HMC community – faculty, staff, key volunteers, senior administrators – in the fundraising process; work in conjunction with development staff members and academic leadership to formulate fundraising strategies for the College; and set high standards, clear expectations and establish metrics for success for staff members.
The ideal candidate will have at least eight years of progressively responsible experience building and managing fund raising programs, preferably in higher education; the intellectual depth, maturity and confidence required to effectively engage and garner the trust of the President, senior leadership, faculty members and key volunteers in the fundraising process; and the ability to formulate effective moves management strategies that lead to the successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and principal gift prospects.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Translate the Vice President’s vision for development into real and applicable goals for stewardship, research and fundraising (i.e., annual, major, principal and planned giving programs)
Help establish annual goals that will balance short-term gains with sustainable long-term growth; properly allocate human and financial resources; continue successful efforts to gather appropriate data on alumni and ensure infrastructure is in place to achieve goals and objectives
Assess the College’s current approach to its planned giving, major gifts and annual giving efforts and propose and implement new strategies that will raise philanthropic support and increase alumni and parent participation
Collaborate closely with academic partners, specifically the senior director of corporate relations, on campus-wide industry relations strategy that will result in increased corporate support for the campus in both Clinic and corporate philanthropy
Oversee Advancement Campus Liaison Program (ACL), a formalized partnership between the Office of College Advancement and the HMC academic department and College divisions.
Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Annual Mudd Fund (AMF), and develop efficient and effective programs that are designed to maximize current use annual giving from alumni, parents and friends in support of the goals and priorities of the College; utilize the AMF as a pipeline for major and planned giving prospects
Work closely with the Office of Communications and Marketing to ensure that internal and external communications incorporate appropriate and consistent development and alumni relations messages that align with the institutional brand
Provide senior leaders with clear and consistent data-driven communication on the activities and metrics of College Advancement
Maintain existing donor relationships while systematically and strategically identifying, cultivating and soliciting new individuals and institutional donors capable of making significant contributions to HMC
Establish a data-driven approach to identifying and appropriately engaging prospects; provide opportunities for development professionals to strategize on prospects and share ideas on appropriate ways to cultivate and solicit potential donors; through the use of data analysis of giving patterns and other factors, determine new markets where HMC can expand its development and alumni relations efforts
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Alumni and Parent Relations (APR) to create a truly integrated advancement operation; leverage the power of that approach to ensure greater alumni and parent participation in advancement activities
Manage and mentor a team of ten development professionals and administrative support staff; set clear expectations and establish metrics for success
Recruit, train and mentor a diverse, committed and productive team of professional and administrative support staff that is well prepared to meet the ongoing challenges and aspirations for the College; set high standards and clear expectations for success
Ensure fundraising staff members execute effective moves management strategies that result in meaningful engagement and successful solicitation for donors
Foster an environment that strives for excellence through mastery of best practices and implementation of new ideas
Personally cultivate and solicit principal gift prospects from a portfolio of current and prospective donors, both individual and institutional; actively engage and interact with all members of the College community
Formulate a keen understanding of the priorities and funding needs of individual academic departments and business units at HMC and be able to articulate those priorities in clear and compelling terms to targeted audiences
Serve as a liaison with HMC’s Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG); facilitate discussion among board members and ensure that initiative undertaken by AABOG support the goals and objectives set forth by Advancement and HMC leadership toward the betterment of the College
Ensure continuity, diversity and capability in the volunteer pipeline, identifying alumni and friends who have demonstrated an interest in supporting the College, are prominent in their fields and who may be willing to serve on panels, committees, boards or in other capacities
Convey to volunteers that their service is valued by the College and their support is appreciated; demonstrate to volunteers the impact of their contributions to the College
REQUIRED, KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The ability to analyze information and think strategically, critically, and creatively; the ability to transform new ideas into executable and enduring programs; a problem-solver who can offer effective solutions to issues facing not just College Advancement but the different academic, student and functional units across campus as well.
An approach to management that brings out the best in staff and yields pride, ownership and a sense of team effort.
Collaborator who works across an institution and educates and engages stakeholders in the fundraising process.
The intellectual depth, maturity and confidence required to effectively engage and garner the trust of the President, Cabinet members, department chairs, faculty members and key volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of top prospects.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education:Bachelor’s degree required
Experience:A minimum of eight years of successful and progressively responsible leadership in all aspects of a mature development program with at least two years developing, managing and interpreting analytics in a fundraising environment. A demonstrated ability and experience building existing development programs, including individual and institutional philanthropy in such a way that the increased philanthropic support becomes transformative for an organization; success in increasing the effectiveness of a development program and staff through established objectives and performance standards. Personal success in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major individual and institutional donors at the six- and seven-figure levels; the ability to inspire high net-worth individual and major foundations and corporations to financial leadership.
Licenses and certifications: Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurance carrier.
Physical requirements: Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment and include reaching, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. May occasionally lift/push/pull items up to 15 lbs.
Exposure with campaign planning and implementation
Experience with complex gift planning structures and opportunities
Corporate relations and development experience
Advancement experience at R1 University
Hours: The regular hours of this position are 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour unpaid meal period daily. Hours may vary due to the needs of the College or department, and specific times are negotiable.
Classification and Status: This is a full-time, regular, twelve-months per year, benefits-eligible, exempt position. Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
Reporting: This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement.
Employment Category: Regular, full-time
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by
Harvey Mudd College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.