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Vice President for Development

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Vice President for Development
Type of Position Administrative
Job Function

Working in close partnership with the President and in collaboration with the senior leadership team and Board of Trustees, the Vice President for Development will be responsible for implementing, leading, and executing an ambitious development strategy for Barnard, including the completion of The Bold Standard: A Campaign for Barnard. The Vice President will head Barnard’s development team, ensuring that the resources of the department are optimally deployed and aligned with the aspirations of the College. In addition, s/he will work closely with alumnae and institutional and individual donors, building relationships that will help Barnard fulfill its mission now and in the future.

Department President's Office
Reports to Title President of the College
Full or Part Time Full Time
Number Of Months 12 months/year
Work Schedule
Position End Date (if temporary)
Posting Number 2017 -00975- AS

Position Summary Information

Essential Duties Summary

● Provide the strategic vision, leadership, and expertise required to take Barnard’s development program to the next level of achievement.
● Set fundraising goals and develop, lead, and execute programs to maximize philanthropic support for College priorities. Ensure success of the College’s overall fundraising efforts, including completion of the current capital campaign.
● Manage a portfolio of top prospective and current donors who have the capacity to give seven- and eight-figure gifts to the College. Apply current best practices to all development activities.
● Collaborate with the President and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to plan and implement a long-term development strategy for Barnard.
● Accompany the President, trustees, and others on cultivation and solicitation visits.
● Oversee efforts with leadership, faculty, and staff to translate Barnard initiatives into persuasive proposals and compelling gift/grant opportunities.
● Work with the Provost, Dean, faculty, and senior leadership to maximize their engagement in development.
● Provide guidance and support to the Alumnae Relations staff and Alumnae Association leadership; manage the College’s relationships with its alumnae base and participate in alumni activities and events, as appropriate.
● Assess the department’s current strengths and weaknesses; make recommendations for the enhancement of the current structure/team.
● Recruit, train, manage, and mentor a team of professionals and support staff to increase philanthropic support and alumnae involvement with Barnard.
● Manage and administer the departmental budget.
● Support the trustees and President in recruiting new board members.
● Work with the Public Affairs team to develop communications strategies and advance the Barnard brand.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Required Qualification Summary

● A demonstrated track record of accomplishment as a successful front-line principal/major gift fundraiser, including the identification, solicitation, and stewardship of high-capacity donors.
● History of working in close partnership with senior leadership and trustees on major philanthropic initiatives, including capital campaigns.
● Demonstrated ability to construct and manage high-performing teams by setting challenging goals, motivating others to excel, and providing mentorship and support.
● Experience working in a prestigious academic, cultural, or other nonprofit organization with a sophisticated donor base.
● Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.
● Maturity, presence, and gravitas to work effectively with all constituencies, including alumnae, trustees, and donors.
● Willingness and capacity to serve as a contributing member of the senior leadership team.
● Ability to forge a collaborative relationship with the President and to serve as a trusted advisor.
● An authentic appreciation for the College’s mission, history, and future.
● Intelligence, wisdom, and superb judgment.
● An entrepreneurial, creative, “can do” spirit.
● Strategic mind and big picture vision.
● Excellent writing and speaking skills. Ability to be a passionate advocate for the College.
● Devotion to the highest ethical standards; personal and professional integrity.
● Positive energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to motivate and inspire others to work together toward a common goal.
● A warm, engaging style.
● A polished and sophisticated presentation.
● Availability to travel on behalf of Barnard.
● Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Preferred Qualification Summary
Physical Demands Summary
Salary Range Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Open Date 09/06/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Additional Information

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. Application materials, in addition to nominations and inquiries, should be directed in confidence to:

Lucretia Cavan
Cavan Executive Search
48 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10005

A complete application will include a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for at least three professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this appointment.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample