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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: College Relations
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E5

Union College, a nationally recognized, distinguished liberal arts college with a long history of engineering and computer science, seeks a motivated and strategic professional to lead our development efforts. As part of its recent strategic planning efforts, the College has developed a new vision statement: “Developing every student to lead with wisdom, empathy, and courage, in ways large and small, now and across multiple tomorrows.” Union seeks a vice president who can inspire the team to tell the Union story to our alumni and friends to increase engagement and philanthropy. Founded in 1795, and located in Schenectady, New York, Union College is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. As the first college to redefine the traditional liberal arts education with modern languages, science, and engineering early in its history, Union is committed to integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering in new and exciting ways and providing immersive learning opportunities for students.

Reporting to President David R. Harris, the Vice President provides strategic direction and leadership to a staff of 40 working in departments such as alumni and parent engagement, annual giving, donor relations, gift planning, and major and principal giving.  In the past decade, the Annual Fund has doubled and in recent years achieved $4 million in unrestricted gifts. In 2011, the College completed the You Are Union campaign surpassing our  goal of $250 million, bringing the total to more than $258 million. In 2020, the College will launch the public phase of our next campaign to bolster resources for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty support, immersive experiences, campus facilities and other priorities.  The College has an endowment of more than $427.6 million as of June 30, 2019 and over 20,000 alumni of record.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished individual with a track record of success as a senior advancement professional, preferably in a higher education institution.  Key qualifications include: superb skills and demonstrated success in major gift cultivation and solicitation; significant experience managing staff and programs within a sophisticated college relations operation; experience developing and implementing effective strategies; demonstrated ability to build and lead diverse teams; excellent communication skills; proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; and an ability to embrace the culture and values of Union College.  The ideal candidate will also be able to articulate the mission and aspirations of Union College with passion and conviction.  BS degree (MS preferred) with a minimum of five years advancement experience at the leadership level required. 

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The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled.  For best consideration, please apply before December 10, 2019.  Expressions of interest should be made through our on-line system at:

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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