Marist College invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Vice President of Development (AVP). We seek an accomplished, collaborative, and entrepreneurial development professional to serve in this key leadership position.
This is an exciting opportunity for a senior advancement professional with strong management and front-line fundraising skills to partner with a dynamic Vice President for College Advancement, an engaged President and Board, and talented, committed team to help lead the continued evolution and growth of a successful fundraising program at a fiscally sound institution.
Candidates must have a strong track record of fundraising success and the personal energy, enthusiasm and drive to set and achieve ambitious goals. A collegial, collaborative and accessible leadership style is essential, as are the creativity, energy and political savvy needed to introduce, inspire, and champion new ideas. Candidates must possess a high level of integrity, be a self-starter, and has the demonstrated ability to adapt and lead through change.
The successful candidate will be a senior development professional with a Bachelor’s Degree and 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience. Strong leadership and managerial skills are essential, along with exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. An ability to analyze data, problem solve in a fast-paced environment, and effectively harness and leverage technology is essential. Must be an energetic, self-directed team player, committed to the mission of Marist College.
In close partnership with the Vice President for College Advancement, the Assistant/Associate Vice President will lead and actively manage the front-line fundraising units, including annual giving, leadership gifts, gift and legacy planning, and foundation and government grants.
The AVP will participate in the development and execution of a comprehensive plan to maximize the success of the College’s fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will actively manage a personal portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects and secure significant philanthropic resources for top institutional fundraising priorities.
The AVP will serve as a key member of Advancement’s leadership team and actively partner with academic and administrative leaders across the institution to help fulfill the College’s mission and realize its ambitious goals. The successful candidate will play an integral role in planning and executing the College’s next comprehensive campaign.
Required Application Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume, & Three Professional References.
About the Department and School:
As Marist has grown, so have its development efforts. In its last comprehensive campaign, the College raised nearly $160 million on an ambitious goal of $150 million. 14,388 donors contributed to the Campaign for Marist, including 21 gifts of $1 million or more. Significant support was secured for major capital initiatives, the faculty, and the establishment of more than 40 new endowed scholarships.
The College’s alumni, now more than 47,000 strong, are highly engaged and supportive of the College. Additionally, Marist has an impressive record of development success with prominent philanthropists throughout the Hudson River Valley. The institution also benefits greatly from an expanding cadre of highly supportive and dedicated parents.
The Advancement team consists of 23 individuals working in three departments including development, alumni relations and advancement services.
About Marist College:
Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Additionally, our graduates go on to great success; 97% over the last five years are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (2nd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #3 in the nation by the U.S. State Department and includes unique first-year programs in Florence and Dublin. At Marist, approximately 50% of graduates study abroad during their undergraduate experience. Its 30-year Joint Study partnership with IBM has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. Marist’s academic centers of excellence include the nationally-known Marist Poll, Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Hudson River Valley Institute, Center for Sports Communication, and Institute for Data Center Professionals. The College also hosts the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library’s digital archives, making it one of only six colleges or universities in the nation affiliated with a presidential library.
About the Hudson Valley Region:
The Hudson River Valley is known for its rich landscapes, sustainable-foods, diverse culture, and has a wide variety of vibrant cities and historic towns. Follow your sense of adventure, find great food around every corner, engage with a proud community, and be a part of history right at Marist in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities are among the most diverse in the state with easy access to New York City by way of Amtrak or Metro-North train service. For more information about the Hudson Valley region and its major cultural and recreational attractions, visit the link below to learn more: https://www.marist.edu/hudson-river-valley-life
Type of Position:
Months per Year:
8:30am – 5:00pm
Occasional evening, holiday and weekend work may be required.
Hours per Week:
Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Please note: The primary work location for this position is Poughkeepsie, NY. Local, on-campus work in Poughkeepsie, NY will be required as a condition of employment.
Relocation: It is College policy to reimburse eligible newly hired full-time administrative staff members for reasonable expenses incurred in relocating to the area. To be eligible for reimbursement, new employees must move a minimum of 50 miles from their present home; must move within the first year of hire. Generally, the College will reimburse eligible moving and relocating expenses up to $7,000.
Number of Position Openings:
Equal Employment Statement:
Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under-represented.
Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.
Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.
Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. These ideals were handed down to us by the Marist Brothers who founded the College. Now an independent institution governed by a lay board of trustees, Marist continues to embrace the three ideals as an integral part of the College mission.