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Employment at Elms College
Job listings can be viewed on HigherEdJobs.com, on MassLive.com, or click on a position listed below. Elms College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer founded in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph. For any open position, send a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references via email (as Word or PDF attachments) to jobs@elms.edu.We hope you find success in your employment search and wish you the very best.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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Elms College located in Chicopee, MA is seeking a Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) serves as the chief advancement officer of the College. Reporting directly to the President and serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement provides strategic leadership and direction for all institutional advancement programs within the context of the mission and values of the College. The Vice President of Institutional Advancement will be responsible for the planning, management, and execution of a comprehensive advancement program, including oversight of all fundraising initiatives.

Executive Leadership

  • As a key member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPIA participates in strategic planning and works collaboratively with leadership across the institution: in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, among others, to ensure alignment with and creative approaches to support key academic and college priorities, initiatives and opportunities.
  • The VPIA serves as the chief development officer for the campus and advises the President and other senior-level leaders on all college relations and development matters.
  • The VPIA will have hands-on involvement in gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • The VPIA will oversee the college’s primary constituent relations, and community/government relations programs.
  • The VPIA will have significant responsibility for Board of Trustees development and stewardship.


  • Embrace and advance the distinctive mission, vision and goals of the College in concert with the Board of Trustees, President, leadership, faculty, staff, alumni and community. Embody values of faith, community, justice, excellence, and uphold the College’s commitments to diversity and inclusion.
  • Create and execute a strategic advancement plan, focusing on relationships, processes, goals, and metrics to significantly increase the levels of sustainable, diversified gifts and grants for the College’s annual, capital, and endowment needs.
  • Understand, coordinate, advise, and support the President and Board members in their development activities, managing engagement priorities, providing research and building consensus.
  • Support the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Collaborate with the Alumni Association Board and other advisory boards to further the mission and support of the College.
  • Engage all constituents of the College to create a shared culture of philanthropy. Maintain and foster cooperative working relationships with faculty, schools, and departments whose cooperation is essential to effective outreach and fundraising.
  • Serve as an exemplary College advocate in the community, with local leaders, religious organizations, churches, business and corporate partnerships, and other leaders. Build relationships that closely link the community with the College.
  • Establish and develop a highly effective Institutional Advancement team focused on significant fiscal contribution to the College and maintain an execution-oriented, accountable environment in Advancement.
  • Provide leadership and direction for alumni relations and development programs that will enhance the College’s engagement of alumni, parents, and friends in raising philanthropic support.
  • Guide the Institutional Advancement team through the planning and execution of its next comprehensive campaign and ensure organizational strength and alignment to achieve key campaign and programmatic objectives.
  • Travel is required. The VPIA must be willing to travel extensively in her or his work with donors and as a representative of the College.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred, as is CFRE or other fundraising certification.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible fundraising experience as a senior level advancement professional, preferably in higher education.
  • Evidence of having personally raised significant (7+ figures) leadership gifts from individuals.
  • Capital campaign experience is required.
  • A record of leadership and accomplishment in Institutional Advancement with a proven track record of fundraising success in higher education or in a large non-profit organization at the major and leadership gift levels, including capital campaign planning and execution. Knowledge of the Western Massachusetts philanthropic environment is a plus.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a major comprehensive campaign with the ability to clearly articulate campaign priorities.
  • A robust “roll up the sleeves” work ethic, results-oriented nature, personal integrity and emotional intelligence, a sense of humor, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
  • The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively through both oral and written means. Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to create shared goals and understanding.
  • Skill in developing successful marketing strategies, both traditional and digital, that successfully deliver results in driving donor interest, involvement, and investment.
  • A deep understanding of all the aspects of a comprehensive advancement program, including annual, major, leadership, planned, corporate, and foundation giving.
  • The ability to recruit and retain exceptionally talented staff and to succeed in managing change.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, especially as it relates to serving the needs of a highly diverse, first-generation student body. Ensuring student success is a key focus.
  • Strong organizational skills and the clear ability to plan and execute; to function as a self-starter, take initiatives, think and act entrepreneurially in order to achieve results.

For full consideration, candidates should email to jobs@elms.edu the following documents in Microsoft Word or PDF format:
1. A letter that addresses the position’s responsibilities and qualifications;
2. A current resume or CV; and
3. The contact information for three professional references.

Employee Benefits

Some benefits include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Time
  • Vacation Time
  • Tuition Benefits

A full list of benefits can be found here.

Annual Security Report
Campus Safety and Crime Statistics

In accordance with the provisions of the Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Elms College prepares an Annual Security Report. The report includes statistics for the past three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. In also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. For a copy of the report, contact the Public Safety Department, Elms College, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA 01013 or download the digital report.