Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Posted on 06/02/2023

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Standish, ME

 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement provides strategic and operational direction for the College’s development functions including planned and major giving; corporate, foundation, and government support; annual giving; and alumni and constituent relations. The VPIA reports directly to and works closely with the College’s President and is a member of the College’s Leadership Team. 

The next VPIA will build on the successes of the past decade during which the College raised approximately $20 million in support of student success, facility and program enhancements, and teaching, learning, and research initiatives. The VPIA will steward current external relationships with individuals and organizations, and be expected to increase them. The position will be comfortable with initiating and feeding strategic partnerships in Maine, the region, and nationally. The VPIA must have significant experience working with boards to grow philanthropy among members and in assisting them to engage others in their circles to support the College. 

Applicants should have a minimum of ten years of experience in the advancement field and significant experience and documented success with traditional (major gifts) and contemporary (digital and/or recurring) fundraising and an increasingly complex donor demographic. They must also demonstrate experience and success in leading teams of staff in meeting and exceeding goals. Creativity, the ability to collaborate and think outside the box, as well as strong and persuasive speaking and writing skills are required, as is experience with current and emerging technologies and social media. 

Applicants should submit a current résumé and a letter outlining their interest in and relevant experience for this opportunity. 

Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to [email protected]. 

About Saint Joseph’s College of Maine:

Applicants must be willing to support the mission and core values of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s only Catholic college. We offer to our 2000 on-campus and online students a unique mix of undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs with a strong liberal arts foundation. Our beautiful 474-acre Sebago Lake campus in Standish, Maine is located 30 minutes northwest of Portland, ME, and 2 hours North of Boston, MA. Fielding 21 intercollegiate varsity teams, the College also boasts a competitive Division III athletics program.

Additionally, the College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. Learn more at

Saint Joseph’s is nationally recognized for its successful integration of community service in its classroom learning and its sustainability performance. In 2015, the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within local, regional, and global communities.

In 2022, the College earned STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its campus-wide sustainability achievements. This program is the most widely recognized in the world for reporting comprehensive information related to a college’s sustainability accomplishments.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine embraces justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as important cornerstones for academic excellence, student success, institutional and community resilience, and as vital expressions of our Catholic identity, Mercy Charism, and Core Values. We commit ourselves to nurturing highly competent and deeply compassionate leaders ready to serve in a vulnerable world.

Recognizing the dignity of all persons, we seek to address instances of injustice both within and outside our College community from a stance of informed advocacy. In this way we fulfill our core value of community, which calls on us to demonstrate a spirit of connectedness with one another through expressions of hospitality, courtesy, inclusivity, and collaboration. Saint Joseph’s College is the community that grows community, preparing whole people to a whole world. 

Saint Joseph’s College is an EEO employer and applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We consider all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person’s race (including traits associated with race, including hair texture, Afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles), color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, genetic information, military status, sex or gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, familial status, protected whistleblower activity, previous assertion of workers’ compensation claim, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Specific questions may be emailed to: [email protected] or call 207-893-7757.

Mission Statement
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and animated by the vision of Catherine McCauley, is a Catholic college in the liberal arts tradition distinguished by its welcoming community. We foster an on-going dialogue between faith and reason so as to prepare our learners to live meaningful lives that improve the world around them.

Vision Statement
In fulfillment of its mission, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will be a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community that forms individuals who practice humility, justice, and compassion, as Jesus did, in solidarity with the marginalized.

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