Vice President of Advancement

Belmont Abbey College - Belmont, North Carolina

Belmont Abbey College seeks a Vice President of Advancement to join its senior leadership team to lead strategic and development endeavors.

About the Position

The Vice President of Advancement will be a faithful Catholic who consistently and publicly lives in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The Vice President will expand initiatives with the senior leadership team to identify new opportunities for institutional expansion and partnerships. The Vice President is responsible for overseeing all activities related to the planning, execution, analysis, control, and evaluation of fundraising and strategic partnerships.

The ideal candidate will accomplish this by connecting the mission of the Belmont Abbey College, the joy of the Catholic faith, and the service of developing the whole human person. The Vice President will follow a proven model of encouraging stewards’ own relationship with Christ, understanding their needs and charitable objectives, and inviting them to align their goals in support of the Belmont Abbey College’s mission. A strong candidate will have business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, strong analytical skills, exceptional communication skills, and demonstrate interpersonal maturity. Likewise, the success of the VP depends on being both a strategic thinker and tactical implementor. He/She will have leadership and management experience, be able to effectively utilize fundraising tools and metrics to drive strategy, and have an achievement-oriented personality to drive the growth and vision of the college.

Most importantly, the ideal candidate will embody a life of faith and prayer, a personal drive for excellence, and a strategic mindset. With the economic growth of Charlotte, NC, the increase of the Catholic population near and around the college, and the sheer opportunity not just regionally, but nationally for the American Catholic Church, Belmont Abbey College is positioned for deeper evangelization and formation of its students to meet the needs of the growing Church.

The Vice President will report to the President and work closely with the Board. This full-time position requires up to 30% travel. Salary is highly competitive with major universities, commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefits package.

About the Organization

Belmont Abbey College was founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks with a mission to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. In this endeavor, the community is guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning. Exemplifying Benedictine hospitality, Belmont welcomes a diverse body of students and provides them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others.

Belmont Abbey College seeks to renew the likeness of Jesus Christ in all dimensions of life for its students and members of its community through curricular and co-curricular programs of excellence and virtue based in the liberal arts. As a Benedictine institution, Belmont finds this glory especially revealed in the development of the whole person, guided by the liberal arts, as a responsible steward of the true, the beautiful, and the good.

Belmont offers an environment and community animated by this vision where each person may work towards their own full potential. Learn more about Belmont Abbey College’s mission and identity here.

Primary Responsibilities

The Vice President of Advancement’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Create an environment in the Department of Advancement of spirited collaboration, faithfulness to Christ and the College’s mission, and of joyful achievement.
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of the strategic development plan that oversees all major areas of fundraising that include annual giving, planned giving, alumni relations, etc.
  • Manage and direct a development team of 6-10+ staff members.
  • Implement and oversee key performance metrics for the entire development team.
  • Oversee appropriate record keeping system(s) for tracking donor participation, identification, and cultivation.
  • Ensure that the development team achieves its clearly-articulated goals, both individually and as a team.
  • Consistently evaluate departmental performance and identify areas and methods for growth.
  • Analyze and implement general public relations programs, working committees, task forces, and recommend programs which will enhance and advance the mission, goals, and objectives of the University.
  • Direct the preparation of all content and materials for fundraising programs, including proposals to donors and donor prospects, recognition/ acknowledgment materials, appeal letters, etc.
  • Direct the research of data on potential individuals, corporations, and other donors identified by Board members, staff and other volunteers, or by virtue of their gift history to like organizations or activities.
  • Keep up to date on current fundraising, marketing, and public relations programs, practices, and procedures in higher education.
  • Prepare detailed plans of actions for all fundraising and community relations programs, including budgets to support their implementation.
  • Work with the President in analyzing the fundraising programs and planning for future activities.

Key Qualifications

10+ years of relevant nonprofit and development experience is required, including experience directly cultivating major donors, and, preferably, have proven track record of conceiving and achieving strategic goals, and directing others to success.

  • Passionate love for Christ and commitment to the Catholic faith.
  • Demonstrate close personal alignment with Belmont Abbey College’s mission and values.
  • Strong ability to communicate the mission and build personal relationships with stakeholders inside and outside Belmont Abbey.
  • Exceptional analytical and strategic-thinking skills.
  • Ability to maintain and expect high levels of coordination and organization in a high-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Experience directing a successful fundraising team.
  • Ability to take initiative, lead projects, and inspire others.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and staff to drive decision-making.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Experience in higher education strongly preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

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