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Vice Chancellor of Advancement
Seattle Community College District | Seattle, Washington
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Job Description

The Vice Chancellor of Advancement will serve as the Chief Advancement Officer of the Colleges and will be responsible for the overall development, coordination, and direction of foundation operations. Furthermore, the Vice Chancellor of Advancement will manage a 12-person advancement team; oversee and directly participate in fundraising for Seattle Colleges; serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Colleges Foundation and the Foundation for Seattle Colleges (the latter of which only supports the Pacific Tower and will cease operations in five years); oversee all events, communications, and public affairs supporting advancement; and manage the budget and fiduciary responsibilities of the two 501(c)(3) foundations.

The Vice Chancellor of Advancement will report to the Chancellor, serve on the Chancellor's Cabinet, be a member of the senior leadership team and work closely with each foundation's Board of Directors.


The Seattle Colleges serves metropolitan Seattle and its surrounding communities, and it composes the largest community college district in the state, educating 45,000 students each year. Students choose from an array of more than 135 academic and career technical programs, including nine applied baccalaureate degrees. Like the region, the colleges' population is dynamic. The student body is the most diverse in the Northwest, reflecting nearly 80 different languages spoken in homes throughout the city. By design, each of the colleges reflects its community.

The Seattle Colleges District includes: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College. While the colleges are an integral part of their neighborhoods and offer unique educational programs, all are comprehensive and offer programs in college transfer, professional/technical training, adult basic education, baccalaureate level, and continuing education. One of its most innovative classroom sites is located at Pacific Tower.

Pacific Tower is Seattle College's newest home for health education programs and a dynamic hub for some of the most vital and innovative community nonprofits. Pacific Tower fosters an exciting model for cross-organizational collaboration in health care, education, social services, and job creation. Through management of State capital funding, federal tax credits, and local government contributions, the Foundation for Seattle Colleges plays a critical, time limited, supporting role with several other partners, and its responsibilities end in five years.


The Seattle Colleges District, since its creation over 50 years ago, has been supported primarily by allocations from Washington State and student tuition. In the face of declining State support and declining enrollment, it is imperative to obtain support from other sources, primarily from individuals, corporations, and foundations. This support will allow the colleges to provide more scholarships for students, more services for students, improved curriculum and better facilities, all to better meet its mission.

In the past, each college and the District has had its own foundation and fundraising activities. The new Seattle Colleges Foundation will integrate these activities. The Vice Chancellor of Advancement will be the first person to lead the new integrated staff and will be responsible for its success. In addition to raising major gifts for District initiatives and capital campaigns, the Advancement office, under the Vice Chancellor's leadership, may also develop an alumni relations program and an annual fund.

The new foundation will be the focal point for raising the funds to support The Seattle Promise, the colleges' scholarship program. Promise Scholarships are spreading throughout the country, funded largely through a public-private partnership. Since 2007, Promise Scholarship at South Seattle College has provided one year of tuition-free college to graduates from three partner public high schools. This model is now ready to be scaled city-wide, while simultaneously adding another year of tuition assistance.

To launch the scholarship, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Colleges are providing temporary funding, while building a sustainable endowment that generates revenue of at least $6 million a year. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has made a commitment to the Seattle Promise Scholarship, and together with Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Colleges will help meet the city's ever-increasing need for skilled talent.

Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This is a non-represented, civil service exempt position.

Essential Functions:

* Develop a strategic plan and an annual action plan for the Advancement office;
* Manage the Advancement team to achieve its goals and to support each team member's professional development;
* Articulate the vision, mission, strategic direction, and priorities for the foundations, District, and colleges upon which all resource development plans and cases for support will be developed;
* Serve as Chief Executive Officer to, and work in partnership with, the Chancellor and the foundation Board of Directors to establish, approve, and provide leadership to all resource development initiatives for the Seattle Colleges Foundation and College Resource Development Councils;
* Support the college Presidents in strengthening college-based volunteer support and resource development efforts;
* Participate as an active member of the Chancellor's Executive Cabinet;
* Develop and execute major gift strategies to support multi-million-dollar campaigns;
* Provide staff support to the two foundations;
* Maintain strong, productive relationships with college leadership, the Board of Trustees, and each foundation's Board of Directors;
* Actively engage with community partners and donors to foster their understanding of the role of the colleges in the community and to encourage their philanthropic support; and
* Oversee all financial responsibilities and fiduciary management of each foundation's assets as well as manage two foundation budgets and accounting systems.

Required Education, Experience & Abilities:

* A high level of emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and the ability to work with a diverse group of students, colleagues, and community members;
* A demonstrated commitment to working within a college community that is diverse and serves students from a broad spectrum of socioeconomic and academic backgrounds;
* An extensive, proven, and successful track record of leading, designing or supporting a major fundraising campaign;
* A demonstrated track record of personally raising six- and seven-figure major gifts annually from individuals, corporations, and foundations;
* The ability to be a change-leader and experience in an organization with similar activities including performance goals, diversified portfolios, outreach goals, profit or revenue goals, and public sector involvement;
* Proven expertise in taking initiative, building, and maintaining a strong rapport with various constituencies;
* Demonstrated experience with business or community-based organizations which includes direct contact with business and community leaders (preferred);
* Familiarity and direct working knowledge of philanthropic partners located in the Pacific Northwest region (preferred);
* Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills with the ability to serve as a lead spokesperson for the two institutionally related foundations;
* Demonstrated success with budget preparation, planning, and resource management; and
* A demonstrated ability to build strong teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master's degree in a related field.
* Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
* Experience working within a multi- campus college setting.
* Higher Education experience at the executive level.
* seven or more years of progressively responsible experience in development in a wide variety of areas including, but not limited to, capital and endowment campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, strategic planning board/volunteer work
* seven or more years in an executive leadership position in a major public or private agency or company with the proven ability to build, lead, mentor, and manage an organization/department.
* Familiarity and direct working knowledge of philanthropic partners located in the Pacific Northwest region.

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