Simmons College seeks a strategic leader to serve in the newly created role of Assistant Vice President for Capital Giving (AVPCG). As a member of the Advancement Management Group (AMG) the AVPCG will orchestrate all major gifts strategies; integrating major gifts with foundation, corporate, and planned giving and donor relations activities. This investment in the senior leadership team is designed to bring Simmons Advancement to the next level of capacity and performance.
Since 1899, Simmons has linked social justice, leadership, and inter-professional collaboration with professional preparation. As a result, the Simmons Advancement effort is imbued with potential that is as broad as the school's disciplines, including STEM and STEAM collaborations and spanning health care, public policy, business, social work, journalism, computer, data and library sciences, and the humanities, etc. Today, the school has more than 48,000 alumnae/i and a current enrollment of almost 5,000 (1,732 undergraduate women and 3,197 graduate men and women).
Simmons leadership has invested in innovation that honors its mission and responds to the needs of the 21st Century. The graduate programs delivered on-line are expanding. They are allowing students from all 50 states and from Israel to benefit from John Simmons' idea to invest his entire estate in the founding of an institution in the 19th Century that would be accessible and would assist women in earning an independent livelihood.
Currently, Simmons is in the midst of an exciting period of innovation and change that has generated increased strength financially, academically, and operationally. In turn, new investments in philanthropy are aligned with the school's vision of the future and strategic priorities. Partnership with the Board and the President in the Advancement effort is extraordinary, and complemented by a committed and engaged faculty. Faculty initiatives and “special projects” are continuing priorities. Because the majority of individual donors to the college are women, engagement strategies specific to this affinity group are a key priority. Additionally, student financial aid remains the favored funding option; project based gifts require measurable results. Bold changes in the structure of academic units, curriculum development and physical space on campus are presenting a myriad of fundraising opportunities to be developed, categorized, valued and solicited.
About the Position
The Assistant Vice President for Capital Giving position was recently created to spearhead the major gifts program and integrate major gifts into all aspects of the Simmons Advancement team. The AVPCG works in collaboration with the Vice President of Advancement, the Assistant Vice President of Alumnae Engagement, and the Assistant Vice President of Advancement Strategy. In addition, the AVP for Capital Giving will work closely with the Chief of Transformational Gift Strategies. The AVPCG will supervise a team of 10 staff including a Director of Major Gifts, a Director of Donor Relations, and a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
During the first three months, the AVPCG will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the major gifts program, presenting findings and recommendation to the Vice President of Advancement.
Designing and implementing a major gift program, incorporating performance metrics
Maintaining a select portfolio of national major gift prospects
Ensuring the application of a major gift model to all foundation, corporate, planned giving, and donor relation activities
Developing and executing activities and practices that enhance cross-college philanthropic initiatives, shared learning and collaboration
Representing Advancement in partnership with faculty, volunteers, alumnae/i and senior administration
Managing a staff toward Advancement in partnership with faculty, volunteers, alumnae/i and senior administration
Minimum of 10+ years of professional fundraising experience.
Track record of successful solicitation and stewardship of 6- and 7-figure gift donors.
Evidence of successful management and team building, fostering innovation and collaboration.
Familiarity and knowledge of alumni engagement and Advancement communications.
Higher education experience preferred but not required.
As a College committed to diversity, Simmons encourages applications broadly. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body and curriculum.