Director of Institutional Advancement, Antioch University New England

Status: Fulltime appointment, Keene NH Target start date: Summer 2014

The position

The Antioch University New England Director of Institutional Advancement reports to the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement while driving two main efforts:

  1. Develop sustainable philanthropic revenue streams from individual major gifts and granting organizations
  2. Engage with the University’s alumni community to create quality long-term relationships between the alumni base and the University and among members of the alumni community

As a member of the AUNE president’s leadership team, The Director of Institutional Advancement’s role is to collaborate with the University Institutional Advancement team to support the president of AUNE to fulfill the campus’s mission. The Director is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the campus’s development and alumni program and will serve as the key representative for AUNE with individual donors, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop a deep knowledge base of AUNE’s programs and funding priorities to create and effectively communicate a powerful case for philanthropic support
  • Manage relationships with AUNE prospects and donors and will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these very important alumnae and friends of the University
  • Collaborate and provide strategic direction to the campus president, select board members, key faculty, and program directors to enable their ability to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donor prospects
  • Actively engaged with the New England community representing and advocating AUNE
  • Support campus specific grant seeking activity in collaboration with the Director of Grants and Foundation Relations and project initiators and write a select number of proposals during the course of a year
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Alumni Relations to create a campus specific alumni relations program and be responsible for implementing the constituent facing engagement activities
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Alumni Relations to capture campus specific messaging for alumni communications and fundraising appeals
  • Accountability to established metrics and goals that assess progress and performance
  • Support and liaise with Board of Trustee Institutional Advancement Committee and Alumni Advisory Council

Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.

Required qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. Qualified candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in development and higher education or a demonstrated skill set that is highly applicable.

Knowledge, skills, and strengths

  • Comfort and skill operating in an entrepreneurial program within a mature and established institution
  • Data oriented person with experience working with The Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituency management software
  • Demonstrated excellent writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ambitious work ethic with a high level of action and productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and across teams
  • Results oriented and mission driven
  • Adaptability to unexpected challenges and changes in an environment
  • Ability to represent the University and Advancement department professionally

Availability to travel throughout the New England region, and as Institutional Advancement grows, national travel may be required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The University and Campus

Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. We offer a diverse experience every step of the way through our undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs at our five extraordinary institutions, hybrid learning opportunities, study abroad programs and more.  With five campuses in four states in the U.S. and our study abroad program sending students to ten countries, we are a global community.

Antioch University New England is committed to innovative academic excellence and integrating practice with theory in a collaborative learning environment that is attentive to multiple learning styles. The University believes in ecological stewardship and social justice, cultivating local as well as global perspectives to educate students with diverse backgrounds and opinions to become leaders of change.

Application instructions

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to with IA Director Search in the subject line.

Application review begins 21 July 2014, and continues until the position is filled.

AUNE is committed to providing a learning and work environment free from discrimination and harassment. Programs, activities, and employment are available with equal opportunity for all and without discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, gender, gender identity, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. The Campus is a smoke-free environment.