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Title: Vice President, Development

Department - Development

Type - Full-time staff


This position has the overall responsibility for planning, implementing and managing all phases of development including capital programs, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, special events, donor records and research, and gift accounting. The VP will work closely with members of the governing Board; development of new Board members, and Board solicitation. This position will also provide support to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.† The position will capture opportunities to collaborate with Department Chairs to identify fundable programs and build the case for support with corporations, foundations, and individuals. This position works closely with the President to align advancement plans with the Collegeís mission, vision, and strategic plan. The position will also be a member of the executive leadership of the College, and will work collaboratively with other members of the executive and senior College team. Additionally, this position is responsible for working collaboratively and in partnership with the senior communications and marketing officer.


  • Provide leadership for the capital campaign and oversee all fundraising programs.
  • Work effectively with the President, Board of Trustees, support groups, Department Chairs, faculty and key constituents to plan a comprehensive development program.
  • Work with the President and Board of Trustees to identify potential new trustees.
  • Manage the Presidentís portfolio of donor prospects ó the goals will be determined in collaboration with the President.
  • Work with the President, and members of Executive Cabinet to develop a strategy related to stewardship and culture of giving on behalf of the College.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the overall vision of the College.
  • Oversee in collaboration with the Executive Director, Advancement Services, the maintenance of development records and research systems to ensure accurate gift processing, acknowledgements, accounting, data collection and prospect research are in place.
  • Represent the College or assign liaison with volunteer organizations supporting the development programs of the College; also represent the College at civic and social functions, conferences, etc.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor development staff leading to the achievement of College goals.
  • Work to establish effective relationships with key stakeholders within and outside of the College; ensure that working relationships include effectiveness in working with a diverse constituency, and respect toward differing opinions.
  • Initiate conversations with and provide strategies for senior and volunteer leadership in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding donors and prospects.
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and securing major gifts, corporate, and foundation support.


  • Seven to ten years of high-level experience managing a comprehensive institutional advancement program, with proven ability to create a solid fundraising program. Requires a thorough knowledge of major sources and donors including foundations, corporations and individuals, both in Los Angeles, nationally and internationally. Demonstrated experience with major gifts, including the ability to plan, organize and implement fundraising activities as well as to personally participate in high-level individual and corporate solicitations. Significant success in developing and working with a Board of Trustees and other volunteer leadership.†
  • Must have leadership skills, an executive presence, sound judgment and keen business acumen, with a management style that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, facilitates communication and builds consensus. Must have the ability to identify, recruit and hire new departmental staff to achieve the goals of the College, and to train, manage, and effective supervise and evaluate the staff on achieving assigned goals.
  • Ability to present and interpret development programs to trustees, creative staff, faculty, parents and other key constituents to motivate their involvement and support. A genuine interest in promoting the mission of the College and the ability to do so in a polished, professional, informed, articulate and enthusiastic manner.
  • Excellent public speaking, marketing, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills. Personal characteristics which include a thoughtful and respectful nature, solid intellect, collaborative and collegial spirit, and the highest integrity.
  • Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university is required; masterís degree preferred. High-level management experience in an educational and/or arts-related setting preferred.
  • Effective business writing and communication skills are essential.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge preferred. Valid California Driver License and proof of current insurance.

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter with their resume stating salary history or salary expectations.

Art Center College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities.


To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to hr@artcenter.edu
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