ABOUT POMONA COLLEGE: Located near Los Angeles, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona College is known for small classes, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities. Pomona is a member of The Claremont Colleges.
The Assistant Vice President Development is a key executive leader for advancement programs at Pomona College and charged with generating new revenue from principal, major gifts, leadership annual giving, foundation and corporate relations to meet the division’s annual goals. This position expands the College’s donor base, strengthens the opportunities for securing major gifts, manages a significant portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and shares a leadership role in running major annual and multi-year campaigns.
The Assistant Vice President for Development, in consultation with the Vice President for Advancement, advises and supports the Board of Trustees Advancement Committee and the College’s senior leadership in launching development initiatives and achieving fundraising goals and objectives. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, this position is responsible for the direction and executive oversight of approximately 15 employees and all of the activities and services provided by Major Gifts, Parent and Family Giving, Leadership Annual Giving, and Foundation and Corporate Relations.
The Assistant Vice President will provide vision and leadership of a comprehensive and well-integrated fundraising program for Pomona College as part of its annual fundraising, and in preparation for the most aspirational, comprehensive capital campaign in the history of the College, while also raising the sustainable level of giving beyond the campaign. Leading four essential teams – Major Gifts, Parent and Family Giving, Leadership Annual Giving and Foundation and Corporate Relations – to create and sustain a customer-service oriented and successful donor-centric model of sustained fundraising. The position requires significant management experience and the ability to facilitate a healthy team-environment, to supervise and inspire employees toward excellence, and to lead by example.
The Assistant Vice President works closely with the Vice President and Advancement Senior Leadership Team, to establish and communicate the organizational vision and goals (both multi-2 year and annual). This position supports the Vice President, Board of Trustees Advancement Committee and the College’s senior leadership in launching development initiatives.
The Assistant Vice President for Development must demonstrate familiarity with a variety of the field’s concepts and demonstrate a command of industry standards and procedures. The position requires judgment and ability to act independently to plan and accomplish goals.
The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and an effective advocate for the value of the liberal arts with all constituents.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, business administration, a liberal arts field, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master’s degree in marketing, fundraising, or business or a related field is preferred.
Experience: A minimum of 10 years of demonstrable leadership experience with progressively responsible fundraising, including at least five years of supervisory experience, and a record of successfully soliciting and closing major gifts is required. Experience in an academic setting is strongly preferred, as is work in a campaign environment.
The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required. Travel will be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.
ADDITIONAL POSITION DETAILS: For a full description of the position, please view the job posting on line. Apply online and submit your resume and cover letter.
POMONA COLLEGE REWARDS: Pomona College offers a wide variety of benefits and perks including health, dental, and vision plan options; paid time off; flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits; tuition assistance; fitness and wellness programs; rideshare incentives; and so much more!
Pomona College prides itself in being an open, competitive, and equal opportunity employer.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.