Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The Position: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of Carroll College’s fundraising and external engagement efforts and serve as a key member of the President’s Cabinet. The VPIA work in sync with the President to move the President’s vision and College’s strategic plan forward in sync with Carroll’s mission and Catholic identity through strong and sincere interpersonal relationships within the Carroll community and beyond, will have an understanding of higher education and a proven track record of major and principal gift fundraising success, and will possess the leadership and managerial acumen necessary to inspire and motivate an ambitious, highly-integrated advancement team and program.

Opportunities and Challenges

Working closely with Dr. John E. Cech who was recently named the 18th President of Carroll College and with Carroll Trustees who are committed to the success of advancement efforts, the VPIA will position President Cech for successful transformational gift solicitations.

The VPIA will be a thoughtful, strategic partner to the President, other senior staff members, and key College influencers providing active leadership and guidance to increase Carroll's institutional capacity and effectiveness. The VPIA will sustain and build on the positive momentum of the recent $20 million dollar Mind, Body, and Spirit campaign by providing strategic leadership and direction around meeting the financial and participation goals of the College and mindfully approaching post-campaign analytics, reporting, and follow-up, including planning for the next major philanthropic emphasis of the College’s new strategic plan which Dr. Cech is commencing – Vision 2025.

Carroll College's Mind, Body, and Spirit campaign resulted in the construction of a stunning All Saints Chapel and Hunthausen Activity Center (student recreation center). In addition, the College completed four new state of the art apartment complexes. The College currently has some impressive capital improvement projects underway including a significant renovation of the Library into the Simperman Learning Commons ($7.2 million project) and the planned construction of a new Anthrozoology Canine Center (approximately $2.3 million project). Additionally, efforts are under way to secure funding to revamp the College’s nursing laboratories and create a simulated hospital. Carroll is positioned to grow its graduate programming with three new allied health and nursing degrees currently under development.

The VPIA will ensure the future success of advancement efforts by broadening the College’s base of support with emphases on alumni and non-alumni donors and prospects as well as corporate, foundation, and government granting entities. The VPIA will also apply a renewed emphasis on Montana and the regional markets of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and the College’s emerging market in Las Vegas where increasing numbers of alumni and other college recruitment partnerships are clustered.

Leverage the passion, talents, and commitment of campus partners to attract and retain donors

The VPIA will be welcomed by dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are committed to supporting advancement efforts through alumni engagement, program creation, and donor outreach. The community is driven to achieve the shared goals of growing the endowment, reaching campaign milestones, supporting undergraduate student research, and sustaining academic excellence. Empowering multiple voices to champion Carroll’s distinctive strengths and successes will be crucial to broadening donor support and raising institutional visibility. The VPIA will have an especially meaningful opportunity to advance the vision of Dr. Cech to support the College’s Catholic mission and identity; increase the College’s endowments, scholarship opportunities, student undergraduate research opportunities, increase alumni cultivation/support, faculty support, academic program growth, and enhancement of classroom and athletic facilities.

The VPIA will be a strong leader and collaborator who will inspire, mentor, connect, and empower the experienced and talented Advancement and Alumni staff and foster strategic collaboration within and across all departments. The advancement team is one that is highly driven and able to exercise introspection relative to accountability of performance, relationships and work/life balance. The VPIA will empower the team, whose members share a clear vision, are able to take risks, and work to fulfill measurable goals in an environment characterized by mutual respect, trust, flexibility and accountability.

Desired Skills, Experiences, and Personal Qualities

As a member of the College’s senior leadership team, the VPIA will be a visionary leader who values communication, transparency, innovation, and creativity, and is well versed in current relationship-driven fundraising and engagement strategies and tactics. Candidates for this position should be informed about best practices in advancement and resolute in meeting the goals of the President and the Board of Trustees  – all while supporting and celebrating the College’s Catholic mission and the mission and culture of the College. An advanced degree is preferred, but not required. Significant experience in higher education is preferred, but not required. In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following professional and personal attributes:


  • Ability to partner with and position the College President for successful major gift solicitations;
  • Ability to articulate a strong commitment to the Carroll’s Mission and Catholic identity;
  • An understanding of Carroll’s liberal arts foundation and the academic programs the College provides;
  • Ability to develop and execute an aspirational philanthropic vision and strategy with measurable goals and objectives;
  • A resilient and nimble approach, demonstrating interest in the evolution of project management  strategies coupled with a willingness to embrace change and seek out innovative solutions;
  • Proven commitment to diversity and inclusion with experience building, coaching and valuing diverse teams of staff and volunteers;
  • An approachable and motivational leadership style that promotes mentoring, collaboration, professional development, and creativity, and empowers leadership and decision making;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including an ability to build and sustain long-lasting and authentic relationships;
  • Experience as a trusted advisor, able to provide reliable counsel to the President and other staff;
  • Excellent listening, speaking, and written communication skills;
  • Must commit to travel as needed to maximize relationships with donors and alumni (up to 25% of the VPIA’s time).


  • Experience in comprehensive campaign planning, implementation, and completion is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated success in major and principal gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship is strongly preferred;
  • Experience growing a College friend, constituent, and donor base in breadth and depth while also increasing giving and engagement activity;
  • The ability to advocate persuasively for the needs of the advancement division;
  • Experience leveraging stakeholder expertise to further advancement efforts and institutional priorities;
  • Experience implementing and maintaining a culture of accountability through data-driven informed goals and performance metrics;
  • An understanding of NAIA level athletics and an appreciation of their crucial role in the student experience; and
  • Experience leveraging faculty experts to further advancement efforts and institutional priorities.


The President and search committee will begin the review of application materials immediately. For full consideration, submit a letter of interest, resume, response to Carroll College's mission statement describing how the mission should guide and influence the work of the VPIA, and contact information (e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of five professional references by February 2, 2019 to EOE

Carroll College prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed, religion, or sex, except when the reasonable demands of the position require an age, physical or mental disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed, religion, or sex distinction. In the case of religion and creed, such distinctions may be appropriate under state and federal constitutional provisions due to the religious character and Catholic identity of Carroll College and the nature of the particular employment position at issue.