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The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) seeks an innovative and seasoned leader to serve in the role of Assistant Vice President of Advancement Services (AVP). The AVP will join Caltech at an exciting time as the Institute is poised to capitalize on the momentum of the multibillion-dollar Break Through: The Caltech Campaign, scheduled to conclude on September 30, 2021. The incoming AVP is charged with building upon the strengths of Caltech’s Advancement Services team, further modernizing and enhancing the “engine” of this already successful division. In this critical leadership role, the AVP is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate advancement infrastructure is in place to support advancement and alumni relations at Caltech and that donor expectations are met and exceeded.
Reporting directly to Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations Dexter A. Bailey, Jr. and engaging as an active contributor of the senior management team, the AVP will oversee a team of 37full-time employees, across the areas of Advancement Information Services, Prospect Management and Research, Prospect Analytics and Reporting, Talent Management, and Strategic Initiatives. The AVP is a vital partner contributing to the success across all fundraising teams including principal and major gifts, academic divisions and regions, foundation relations, gift planning, and annual giving, as well as alumni relations, donor relations, stewardship, advancement communication, and events. The newly appointed leader will play a vital role in educating internal partners on philanthropic best practices and inspire confidence among external supporters that their commitments are well received and stewarded. As Caltech plans for its successful fundraising campaign and beyond, the AVP will serve as a strategic advisor to the VP for Advancement and Alumni Relations and work closely with other senior and programmatic leaders across the Institute.
The newly appointed AVP will be joining a newly assembled leadership team charged with scaling up an operation whose committed and passionate crew is eager and excited about unprecedented growth, change, and higher expectations. At a place where innovation and big impact are the norm, the AVP must bring a track record of setting higher sights, pushing innovation, and empowering staff to test and use technology to its fullest to increase performance and efficiency. The goal is to create a highly professional, high-performance advancement operation in service to Caltech’s noble mission.
Leaders who thrive on openness, transparency, and collaboration will be particularly successful at Caltech. The ideal candidate will possess superior communication, mentoring, and relationship-building skills. The AVP will be an agent of change, capable of advocating for and implementing new approaches within an already successful environment. The integral attributes of integrity, emotional maturity, judgment, creativity, authenticity, decisiveness, energy, tolerance for ambiguity, flexible, inclusive, practicality are required.
Caltech’s next AVP of Advancement Services must demonstrate a deep measure of expertise in advancement services, keeping an eye towards the future of the industry and paying constant attention to the evolving nature of philanthropy and newly emerging innovations in the field.
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