Barnard College seeks a strategic, dynamic, and seasoned fundraising professional to serve as Vice President for Development. This is an outstanding opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial individual to build upon the strengths of the College’s existing program and capital campaign, while formulating methods to achieve even greater levels of success.
Barnard College is a unique and academically rigorous liberal arts college. Its eighth President, Dr. Sian Beilock, joined the institution in July 2017 from the University of Chicago and brings experience and vision to the College and its mission. Along with her leadership team, President Bielock envisions an expanded footprint for Barnard in the 21st century that will position the College as the top liberal arts college dedicated to women’s education, advancement, and leadership in the nation. The President seeks as Vice President for Development a visionary fundraiser who will work closely with Trustees, senior leadership, and major donors and partner with the President to increase support for this exceptional institution.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Development will build on and advance an innovative, comprehensive, and sustainable development program to support Barnard and its ambitions. The Vice President will conceptualize, plan, and execute a coordinated program to identify and create opportunities for Barnard through annual fund giving, principal, major and planned gifts, foundation and corporate gifts, and government funding. The Vice President oversees an experienced and dedicated staff of nearly 50 talented individuals.
Success in this position will require prior experience with building and leading a comprehensive, robust development program, and a record of success. The Vice President must be both strategic and efficient in assisting the President in developing a fundraising plan to realize her ambitious vision for Barnard.
When founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. The College was named after Frederick A.P. Barnard, then the tenth President of Columbia University, who argued unsuccessfully for the admission of women to Columbia University. Barnard has been, from the beginning, a place that takes women seriously and challenges them intellectually.
Over the last century, the College has grown and evolved, carving out a distinctive place in higher education. Today, Barnard College is dedicated to providing the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women and offers the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major university.
Barnard is a highly selective liberal arts college for women; its admittance rate of under 15 percent makes it not only the country’s most selective women’s college, but one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in America. Barnard competes with Ivy League schools and elite liberal arts colleges to attract the smartest young women regardless of their economic means. The College is known for the achievement of its graduates, and its alumnae include such distinguished and accomplished women as Margaret Mead, Twyla Tharp, Susan Stamberg, Anna Quindlen, Martha Stewart, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Laurie Anderson, among many others. Barnard has more than 30,000 alumnae worldwide who have earned seven Pulitzer Prizes.
In an arrangement unique in American higher education, Barnard College is formally affiliated with Columbia University. Columbia University (www.columbia.edu) is an Ivy League research university recognized worldwide for its scholarly contributions in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It encompasses four undergraduate schools: Barnard College, Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. Barnard students constitute a vital part of the Columbia University student community, which includes more than 7,400 undergraduates and approximately 17,000 graduate students across 16 graduate and professional divisions.
Barnard students have the best of both worlds: the benefits of a small, selective, and academically challenging liberal arts college and access to the resources of one of the best research universities in the world.
Barnard has its own campus, faculty, administration, trustees, operating budget, and endowment, while students earn the degree of both Barnard College and Columbia University and a diploma signed by the Presidents of both institutions. In addition, College faculty are world-class scholars who are tenured at both Barnard and Columbia. Barnard is financially and administratively independent. However, its students (current enrollment of 2,574) participate in the academic, social, athletic, and extracurricular life of the broader University community on a reciprocal basis. Most Columbia classes are open to Barnard students and vice versa. Barnard students and faculty are represented in the University Senate, and clubs are open to all students.
Located just across Broadway from Columbia's Morningside Heights campus, Barnard resides on a four-acre college campus that includes five academic buildings and nine residence halls.
Barnard has become known for its academic excellence and distinctive academic culture. At once challenging and nurturing, Barnard enables students to find new ways to think about themselves, their world, and their roles in changing it.
Barnard offers an exceptional array of academic choices, with degrees in approximately 50 fields in the humanities, social sciences, arts, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary areas. Double- and joint-degree programs are offered in cooperation with Columbia University, as well as other academic institutions. Through Barnard's curriculum, each student receives an education of both depth and breadth that builds skills of analysis, independent thought, and self-expression. Barnard’s new curriculum, begun in 2016 and known as Foundations, looks forward while honoring the College’s commitment to the liberal arts. Foundations emphasizes technology and digital learning; international and global learning, and quantitative and empirical reasoning. Barnard students also complete distributional requirements in languages, arts and humanities, social sciences, and the sciences that expose them to a variety of disciplines, approaches, and skills that together form the whole of a liberal arts education. Barnard’s curriculum is both modern and flexible, and the College is among the first liberal arts colleges with a digital technology requirement.
Barnard’s location in New York City provides students with an unusually rich set of educational opportunities beyond the classroom. Students take full advantage of the offerings of the City and the opportunity for cultural, community, and civic engagement. Two-thirds of all students undertake an internship before graduation, giving them important practical experience.
Barnard is characterized by an intellectual culture that equally affirms both teaching and scholarship, and its faculty embraces these dual missions. The faculty receives tenure from both Barnard and Columbia and includes leading scholars across a wide range of disciplines.
Faculty currently numbers 358, of which 215 are full-time and 143 are part-time faculty. Ninety percent hold the Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field. As a women’s college, Barnard strives to recruit and retain women faculty members. Today, more than 50 percent of the faculty is women. Barnard faculty are world-class experts and true scholars in their fields, including award-winning authors, path-breaking scientists, and professors of professional practice.
Barnard faculty are engaged in development activities. The past several years have seen a substantial increase in both institutional and research grants, and most feel there is potential for further growth. Faculty members also frequently make themselves available for alumnae events.
Students and Campus Life
While the life of the College is closely linked to the energy and opportunities of New York City, and to the resources of Columbia University, Barnard is a tightly knit community of undergraduates who live and study in an atmosphere of open expression. The College takes an active role in shaping and supporting activities that reflect the remarkably diverse interests of its students and fosters a campus climate where individuals from wide-ranging backgrounds interact on various levels, on multiple issues. Barnard women are bright, motivated, and focused in pursuit of their passions.
A college that celebrates all kinds of voices and opinions, Barnard enrolls a highly talented student body from nearly all of the 50 states and more than 45 countries. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the College’s 2,588 undergraduates, 91 percent of whom live on campus, comprised nine percent international students, six percent African American, thirteen percent Latina, and fourteen percent Asian. These students from around the country and the globe are also exceptionally well prepared for the rigors of a Barnard education. The most recent entering class, the Class of 2020, comprised approximately 605 students who came to Barnard with an average secondary school GPA of 3.89 on a 4.0 scale, or 94.9 on a 100-point scale, and median SAT scores of 700 for the critical reading section and 670 for the math section.
College student groups and activities reflect the breadth of interests and talents among Barnard students and include theatre and vocal music groups; ethnic organizations; the Barnard Bulletin; language clubs; community service groups; and newspaper, yearbook, and literary magazine staffs. All Barnard students belong to the Student Government Association (SGA), which elects a representative student government. Students serve with faculty and administrators on college committees, helping to shape policy in such areas as the curriculum, housing, and college activities. Two students serve as representatives to Barnard's Board of Trustees.
Barnard women also participate in University activities and take leadership positions in many Columbia-sponsored organizations, from the Spectator, the nation's second-oldest student daily, to spearheading Community Impact, an umbrella volunteer action group. Barnard varsity athletes compete in intercollegiate athletics through the Columbia University/Barnard College Athletic Consortium at the NCAA Division I Level in the Ivy League. This partnership is the nation's only athletic consortium of its kind in NCAA Division I.
The modernized campus includes the 70,000-square-foot Diana Center (completed in January 2010) and the Milstein Center (to be completed in August 2018). The Diana Center is a seven- story glass structure that frames a clear sightline from one end of the campus to the other.
When the Milstein Center opens its doors in August 2018, it will stand at the core of a Barnard education and will be the centerpiece of the campus. Designed by the award-winning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 128,000-square-foot building will be a distinctive place that brings students and faculty together, facilitates collaboration, enhances innovative pedagogy and curriculum, and fosters dialogue. It will include a new and modern library, one that incorporates current technologies and learning spaces in an interactive setting. Furthermore, it will be a dynamic academic hub of the campus, linking departments and disciplines both physically and philosophically.
The physical space of Barnard's campus enhances the community connection, creates a sense of belonging, and provides an anchor to Barnard women to take advantage of the expansive offerings of the Columbia campus, the Morningside Heights neighborhood, and all of Manhattan.
Governance and Finances
Barnard College is an independently incorporated college and, while affiliated with Columbia, is legally and fiscally separate from the University. The College is responsible for its own administration and governance and operates with its own financial and organizational structure and Board of Trustees. Barnard pays an annual fee to Columbia in accordance with an affiliation agreement to cover the costs of academic instruction, use of libraries, special services, athletics, and support.
The Trustees of Barnard College are responsible for the overall governance of the College, including the selection of the President, monitoring of the budget, and supervising of the endowment. There are four regular meetings of the Board each year.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, the College reported total operating revenue of approximately $200 million. The College’s endowment has a current market value of approximately $320 million. Philanthropic support for this period was approximately $47.6 million, primarily from alumnae, parents, and friends. Alumnae participation in the annual fund is nearly 30 percent. The College seeks to expand and grow support from all sources for current and anticipated funding priorities.
In July 2017, Barnard welcomed its eighth President, Dr. Sian Beilock. President Beilock joined the College from the University of Chicago, where she was on faculty for 12 years. As the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and a member of the Committee on Education, her research specialized in how children and adults learn and perform at their best, especially under stress. In her role as a member of the senior leadership team, she served as the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and then as the Executive Vice Provost and an officer of the University where her portfolio ranged from overseeing UChicago’s graduate students and postdocs to the University library system, UChicago Press, and leading UChicago Urban, the University’s interdisciplinary commitment to addressing the opportunities and challenges associated with our increasingly urbanized society. She is a prolific scholar who has won numerous scientific awards. She has published over 100 academic articles and is the author of two books.
THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN:
Barnard is currently in the public phase of a capital campaign, The Bold Standard: A Campaign for Barnard. Barnard’s first-ever comprehensive campaign has successfully raised over $300 million to support construction of the Milstein Center, student financial aid, endowed faculty chairs, and increases to the endowment, including $47 million raised in FY 2017 alone. As part of the campaign, Barnard has received the largest gifts in its history from three Trustees. Numerous other trustees and donors have also generously supported the campaign. The Bold Standard is a crucial part of Barnard’s financial future, and its completion will require the leadership, strategic vision, and expert management of the Vice President for Development.
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.
The Vice President reports to the President and serves as a member of the executive team for the College. Directly reporting to the Vice President are the Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff, the Executive Director of Principal Giving, the Senior Director of Individual Giving, the Executive Director of Campaign Advancement, the Executive Director of Alumnae Relations, the Executive Director of Institutional Grant Funding and Management, the Director of Career Development, and their respective staffs.
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 forBarnard.
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.
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.
Barnard has retained the services of Cavan Executive Search to conduct this search.
Barnard College is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments.
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Located in New York City, the College is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal a...rts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away.