The Vice President for Advancement works closely with the President, Vice President for Finance and Operations and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the seminary has adequate financial resources to carry out its mission and accomplish agreed upon goals. The Vice President for Advancement will convey the distinct nature of Gordon-Conwell’s mission in efforts to acquire new donors and move existing donors to new levels of giving, with emphasis on major donors. Given the importance of building long-term relationships with the Seminary’s top donor and prospects, the necessity of building the Advancement team and the oversight of a multi-year campaign, it is expected that the Vice President for Advancement will anticipate holding this position for a significant period of time.
Cultivates, solicits and stewards a specific portfolio of 50 major (individual, family, church and foundation) donors and prospects. (30% of time)
Provides general oversight of advancement staff and programming on all four campuses and supports, encourages and trains Advancement team members. (20%)
Leads the process of advancement planning across campuses and programs (including annual, capital and planned giving), making recommendations and regular reports to the President, the Advancement and Enrollment Committee of the Board of Trustees and the full Board of Trustees. (15%)
Represents the Seminary to, and communicates with, donor and alumni constituencies at public events, in small group meetings and through interpersonal conversations. Articulates a biblical approach to stewardship as well as the mission, vision and strategic plans of the Seminary. (10%)
Serves on the President’s Cabinet, advises the President and other members of the Leadership Team on advancement-related issues and projects and participates in planning initiatives for the larger institution. (15%)
Staffs, in collaboration with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, the Advancement and Enrollment Committee of the Board of Trustees, working with the committee chair to plan the agenda for the meetings of the committee. (5%)
Motivates volunteers within the Board of Trustees, the Boards of Advisors for the individual campuses, and the alumni constituency to support the Seminary’s overall advancement efforts. (5%)
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Demonstrated Skills and Experience:
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills: Skilled in interpersonal communication, public speaking (from the pulpit and in other settings) and effective writing.
Personal warmth, ease in developing relationships, effective interpersonal communication skills, a personality that moves toward other people, and evident grace and compassion in relationships with a diverse constituency.
Demonstrated ability to work collegially under the leadership of a President, with other senior administrative colleagues, and within a multi-person advancement team.
Senior advancement/fundraising experience including planning, staff leadership, working knowledge of gift and grant policies and procedures and familiarity with current best practices in charitable giving and Christian stewardship.
Demonstrable track record in achieving results, generating increasing levels of philanthropic support and broadening an organization’s donor base.
Education and Other Requirements:
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required; graduate theological degree preferred.
Seasoned leader with at least seven years of advancement/fundraising experience with progressive increase in responsibility.
Familiarity with, and experience in working within the context of Christian higher education in general and preferably in graduate theological education.
A resolute commitment to the mission of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and agreement with the Seminary’s Statement of Faith, Mission Statement and Community Life Statement. Evident Christian faith and practice and active involvement in the life and ministries of a local congregation.
Commitment to theological education as well as education for global mission and for Christian counselling.
Ability to assume a varied work schedule, including evenings and weekends, and to travel on behalf of the Seminary as necessary.
Willingness to relocate to Boston’s North Shore.
About Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Gordon-Conwell is a multi-denominational evangelical Protestant graduate school, unique with its broad array of 1700 students and 200 faculty and staff from 85 denominations and 50 countries. The Seminary offers multiple sites and delivery systems to meet varied student needs. Our four campuses include a residential model of education at South Hamilton, MA (our main campus); an urban context offering classes in five languages in downtown Boston, MA; and adult educational models at our campuses in Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL. The Doctor of Ministry and Hispanic Ministry programs are delivered in various locations, including occasional international sites; our online offerings address student needs, despite location and vocational commitments.
Our mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and abroad. Rooted in the gospel and God’s Word, the seminary seeks to develop future Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware, spiritually mature and ready for a broad array of ministries. While being historically orthodox and evangelical, we seek to address the issues of our times with both relevance to the culture and faithfulness to Christ and God’s truthful Word.