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Hartwick College- Vice President for College Advancement
Title:Hartwick College- Vice President for College Advancement

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Hartwick College in their search for an experienced leader to serve as the Vice President for College Advancement (VPCA).

The successful candidate is a strategic, skilled leader with a high EQ and demonstrated experience in successful, long-term relationship building with key stakeholders as well as the external and internal campus community. S/he is a collaborative and effective communicator who can clearly articulate the values and benefits of experience-enhanced liberal arts education and develop and assure the successful implementation of annual and special fundraising campaigns.

The VPCA reports directly to President Margaret L. Drugovich and will manage a multi-faceted division while serving as a key member of the College’s senior leadership team and the President’s Cabinet. The VPCA works closely with the Board of Trustees, serving as the senior staff liaison to the Enterprise Resource Generation Committee.

As the College’s chief fundraising officer and the President’s primary advisor on fundraising strategy, the ideal VPCA is a teambuilder and mentor who can lead, direct, define, manage and assure the successful achievement of performance goals of all College Advancement staff, including individual, corporate and foundation fundraising, donor stewardship, advancement communications, and governmental and alumni relations.

The VPCA will be a thoughtful and decisive leader with a successful record of strategy development and execution. S/he will be a strong advocate for philanthropic support of the College both on and off campus and serve as the clearing-house for any College related fundraising. S/he will lead successful fundraising programs through her/his own example of excellence in donor stewardship. The candidate will demonstrate a successful personal record of donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship at major and principal gift levels.

The candidate provides strategic leadership for, and active support of, the College’s next major comprehensive fundraising campaign, as well as the select initiative fundraising associated with the recently completed strategic planning process entitled Hartwick225: Students First, in anticipation of the College’s 225 anniversary. S/he will provide direct senior leadership support and guidance to the Enterprise Resource Generation committee, the Board’s principal revenue generation oversight committee.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • Progressively responsible experience as an administrator and leader of development/advancement programs
  • Significant strength in the field of development management
  • Demonstrated record of successful personnel management
  • Proven record highlighting a demonstrated ability to set clear expectations for, support, monitor and strengthen the performance of supervisees
  • Deep and broad professional knowledge of current best practices and compliance across all components of advancement work
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use contemporary fundraising techniques, including crowdfunding and the use of social media, in the stewardship and solicitation of donors
  • Ability to represent the College with integrity and professionalism
  • Goal orientated
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of the role of alumni and community in the success of the College
  • Commitment to demonstrate integrity and excellent judgement in all constituent relationships
  • Individuals with direct experience in leading charitable foundations, donor supported and driven organizations, or other higher education positions with ties to advancement will also be considered

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education fundraising experience is strongly preferred
  • Masters or terminal degree

About Hartwick College:

Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Oneonta, New York offering 35 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, it offers over 30 minors, pre-professional programs in law, medicine, engineering and allied health professions; and five cooperative programs in engineering, law, business, and physical and occupational therapy.

Hartwick College was featured by journalist and scientific writer Malcolm Gladwell in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants as a liberal arts college that offers the same academic rigor and quality of education with similar career outcomes of an ivy league university or elite liberal arts college in the United States, without the competitiveness or admission criteria of these top colleges and universities.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College 159th in its National Liberal Arts College Rankings. Hartwick College is ranked 59th for liberal arts colleges on's 2016-17 list of highest-paid graduates and Business Insider recognized Hartwick as #13 in their 2015 "50 Most Underrated Colleges in America" ranking for graduate earning potential. Forbes Magazine ranked Hartwick # 501 overall in the 2016 Forbes ranking of the best colleges and universities in the nation; public and private colleges and universities included. Hartwick College is one of just 375 colleges nationwide recognized as a College of Distinction in multiple categories. Hartwick is also consistently featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges and it is a Princeton Review Best Northeastern College.

Living in the Area:

Situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains’, Oneonta is a scenic college town boasting a lower cost of living, lower unemployment rates, lower crime rate and higher educational levels than the national average. With median home values of $141K and monthly rents of $835, the area offers an affordable lifestyle in a picturesque environment with close access to New York City. The idyllic environment is an exceptional area for the outdoor enthusiast, raise a family, or simply enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle void of rush hour traffic.

The College is located just 3.5 hours north of New York City, 4 hours west of Boston, MA, and 4.5 hours north of Philadelphia. The campus sits on a hilltop that spans 425 picturesque acres and overlooks the Catskill Mountains.

Conveniently located just off Rt. 88 in Oneonta, Hartwick is also just 59 miles from Binghamton, NY, 82 miles to Albany, NY, and 60 miles from Utica, NY. Cooperstown, NY, known for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Glimmer Glass Opera is just right down the road.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 12, 2019. Materials should include a cover letter and CV. Candidates advanced in the process will be required to provide the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates as well as a statement addressing how past, and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search: or call 860-740-2600.


Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public.


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