Partners 4 Affordable Excellence (soon to be publicly announced as Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust) is a new, national non-profit that has been established to address the skyrocketing costs of public higher education.
Under the direction of a new President, Dr. James Toscano, Partners gives voice to students, parents, and concerned citizens who often get stuck with the bill but who rarely have a seat at the table. Partners advocates for common sense policies at the state and federal level that make college more affordable and address soaring student debt.
We are unifying students and parents as they urge universities to reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate the pace of innovation.
At the same time, Partners is committed to helping college governing boards restore public trust by making their institutions more affordable, transparent, and inclusive in tuition rate decision-making.
Through advocacy, education, research, and collaboration, we’re creating communities of influence capable of driving change that will broaden opportunity for every American learner. And we are equipping higher education leaders with tools to ensure that all students have access to the full potential that an excellent, affordable higher education can unleash.
Position Description: Vice President for Development and Projects
The Vice President for Development and Projects of Partners shall establish and implement a national comprehensive fundraising program that will secure financial support from private foundations, individuals, and corporations to support the mission of Partners as well as aid in the development of organizational programs. The Vice President must enthusiastically share the core values of Partners and be motivated by its mission---to make college more affordable and restore public trust in American higher education.
The Vice President will report to the President, but liaison very closely with the Chair of Partners and the Board of Directors.
Position Location: The Vice President may work out of any location in the United States, preference given to the greater Washington DC, Richmond or Hampton Roads, VA markets. The only current office exists in Norfolk, VA; the Vice President, however, may work on a daily basis remotely from his/her home or relocate to Norfolk, VA. Occasional travel will be required.
The Vice President will devote about two-thirds of his/her time to the following responsibilities:
Devise and implement a three-year strategic plan for development that will increase fundraising through support from private foundations, and individual and corporate sources, and potentially a grassroots membership program
Identify, qualify, rank and cultivate prospective foundation, individual, and corporate funding sources for Partners
Build a robust grant management system and draft, coordinate and manage all fundraising proposal, deliverables, and reporting
Provide staff support to the President and the Board of Directors connected to their fundraising activities
Oversee the organization’s database of members, donors, and prospects, and handle all development-related correspondence
Identify prospective board candidates
Assist the President in planning, organizing, and executing any fundraising events
The Vice President will devote about one-third of his/her time to the following responsibilities:
Early stage program development, consistent with grant conditions from private foundation funders
Work on specific projects as assigned by the President, including research projects
Help plan quarterly board meetings and tele-meetings
The Vice President shall possess:
A minimum of five to seven years of nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably for a similarly situated organization
A solid track record of fundraising with private foundations, individuals, corporations, including grant writing and management
The ability to manage a portfolio of private foundation grants, including a pipeline of proposals and adherence to strict deadlines
Knowledge of likely funders, given Partners’ mission, and strong connections within potential funding organizations preferred
Passion for Partners’ mission, knowledge or experience in higher education policy preferred
Background in planning, budgeting, finance, and development-related information systems
Previous experience working with nonprofit boards
Strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit necessary to ensure success in a small shop
Excellent oral and written communications skills
The ability to use social media and personalized internet communication systems
The ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Knowledge of tax laws and regulations that pertain to nonprofit fundraising
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
The ability to travel on occasion, especially to meet with potential funders
Partners is able to offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Kristen Witt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU was founded in 2014 to catalyze and accelerate change at America’s public colleges and universities in ways that maintain or enhance academic excellence and result in affordable tuition. We serve as a non-partisan, constructive voice dedicated to working with parents, students, employers and policy leaders who support affordable excellence. By nurturing a va...riety of strategic investments, sponsoring groundbreaking research, advocating innovative policy, and piloting new tools and structures to support visionary leadership, we seek to transform American higher education. To achieve our goal, Partners focuses on four “levers” of change: strengthening institutional governance, enhancing productivity, measuring outcomes, and lowering costs.