The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Shepherd University in the search for an Executive Vice President, Shepherd University Foundation.
Reporting to the President of the Shepherd University Foundation, the Executive Vice President of the Shepherd University Foundation will assume overall management, strategic leadership, and full accountability for the Chief Executive Officer of the Shepherd University Foundation while serving as Chief Development Officer of the University. In this role, the Executive Vice President will assume responsibility for directing all fundraising activities, including targeted and comprehensive campaigns with oversight of donor relations and stewardship, corporate relations, alumni relations, annual gifts, major gifts, advanced research, communications and social media. In addition, the Executive Vice President will manage all Foundation accounting operations and internal and external reporting for investments, custodial accounts, and charitable donations to the Foundation for the benefit of Shepherd University.
Since 1871, Shepherd University has become a regional leader as a public liberal arts college. Nestled above the Potomac River in West Virginia’s oldest city, the beautiful campus is home to more than 3,100 students, most of whom hail from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Shepherd offers over 80 degree programs and enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. Currently offering seven undergraduate and six master’s degrees, the University is also a military-friendly campus as a broad partner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, with more than 120 veterans and dependents enrolled. As an NCAA Division II member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Shepherd fields 15 sports teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many of which focus on student community service. Just 65 miles from Washington, DC and Baltimore, Shepherd offers a variety of internships and job opportunities in national and international industries.
Shepherd University is a service-oriented community of learners, considered the regional hub of academic, cultural and economic opportunity. The guiding principles of teaching, scholarship and learning are embedded throughout the University. With core values centered on meaningful engagement with all ideas and people, Shepherd strives to be transparent at all levels. Through the implementation of innovative programs and initiatives, it achieves the goal of preparing graduates to think broadly and critically while actively engaging in civic service and global citizenship. Shepherd University has a proud history of outstanding faculty. Since 1987, 12 faculty members have been named West Virginia Teacher of the Year or finalists for this prestigious award, the most recent in 2019.
In its 60th year, the Shepherd University Foundation supports Shepherd University with a mission to ensure educational opportunities for deserving students and to enhance the academic excellence of the University. Led by the Executive Vice President and governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Foundation strives to provide support to students and faculty at Shepherd University. From its beginnings as a small collaborative effort of university leaders, the Shepherd University Foundation has grown to have an impressive endowment, currently in excess of $32 million. The significant growth of the University over the past three decades is a testament to the commitment and dedication not only of the Trustees of the Foundation, but also of the Shepherd community of alumni and supporters.
Shepherd University believes in generating respect and shared dignity in learning, working, living and social environments where any individual or group can grow intellectually, participate inclusively and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued by sharing their words and actions. . Shepherd is committed to continuing deliberate efforts to ensure that its campus is a place where differences are welcomed and included.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position, along with at least seven years of progressive leadership experience with a nonprofit foundation or similar organization. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and a curriculum vitae. Cover letters should address the mission of Shepherd University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications set forth in the prospectus.
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