Position purpose Founded in 1932, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private, non-profit institution that seeks an experienced, results-driven, poised candidate to oversee its development operation. The Senior Executive Director will have played a key role in building a successful development program through a collaborative, team-oriented approach and demonstrated both management and leadership skills and serve as the chief development officer of the College. The Senior Executive Director will have strategic planning skills and demonstrated ability to work with the Board, Senior Administration and Faculty to develop and implement a plan to increase philanthropic support of Vaughn College's mission.
Vaughn serves an incredible student body which is 80 percent minority, and mostly first-generation Americans and first-generation college students. We are an outcomes-driven institution with a 96 percent placement rate for graduates within one year, 80 percent in their field. The institution is also ranked number one in the nation for upward mobility (based on the 2017 study done by the Equality of Opportunity Project) and is the best at moving students from the bottom in income to the top as compared with 2,100 other colleges in the country. The Senior Executive Director has a unique opportunity to generate funding that directly benefits the students we serve as we continue to transform lives.
Serve as the strategic partner to the President
Supervise staff and budget assigned to the department
Manage an individual major gift portfolio
Create an annual plan and performance metrics for the division
Establish a collaborative working environment within the division
Provide information as requested to the Board of Trustees
Assist in capital campaign planning
Oversee donor appeals, providing direction on the scope of appeals and methodologies employed
Oversee resource development-related special events and campaigns
Creates the strategic plan for an aggressive alumni relations program and oversees implementation
**Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience Requirements The successful candidate will possess a bachelor's degree and at least seven years' experience in a non-profit development operation, preferably a college or university, with progressively responsible positions.
Professional Skills Must have demonstrated success in cultivating and securing major gifts. Exceptional communication and presentation skills are necessary. Familiarity and comfort with utilizing Raiser's Edge or ADVANCE constituent data base essential. Supervisory experience required.
Both local and national travel are required.
Reasoning Ability Successful candidates will have the ability to manage a development effort including the ability to understand and manage the critical data that must be gathered on donors and potential donors and to take actionable next steps.
Work environment and physical functions This position is located in an office environment. Generally, an employee needs to be able to sit, stand, and navigate within the office area. The office equipment either individually used or shared with a department is the responsibility of all employee
Internal Number: 0001
About Vaughn College
Vaughn College is a non-profit, four-year institution founded in 1932 and located in New York City. Vaughn specializes in master's, bachelor's and associate degrees in engineering, aviation, management and technology. For more information, please visit our website at www.vaughn.edu.