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Executive Director of Institutional Advancement (FULL TIME)

Defiance College | Defiance, OH | Posted February 4, 2020


Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Defiance College seeks applications and nominations for an Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the President, the Executive Director will serve on the President’s Cabinet and be responsible for leading and further developing a comprehensive advancement program within the framework of the distinctive College Vision combining civic, cultural, and learning engagement. As the chief development officer, the Executive Director will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for the advancement program and manages all fundraising initiatives for the annual fund and alumni/ae engagement, capital improvements and strategic fundraising opportunities, estate and planned giving, and the endowment. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all institutional advancement activities, building and maintaining positive community relations, and promoting a positive image of Defiance College.


The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree and a minimum of five years of administrative leadership and demonstrated accomplishment in the field of development, preferably in higher education. The individual must have exceptional communication and people skills; the ability to function effectively in an environment that demands persistence, patience, good sense of humor and focus; and have the personal presence to secure the trust and confidence of people at all levels.


Defiance College, a private liberal arts college located in northwest Ohio, provides fulfilling and remarkable learning encounters connecting the classroom to the real world. As a United Church of Christ-related college, we emphasize learning based on the four pillars of our educational philosophy: to know, to understand, to lead, and to serve. Defiance College is home to the nationally acclaimed McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, a program unique among colleges and universities across the country. McMaster gives students incredible opportunities to conduct research and service in specially-designed projects around the world. We are at the forefront of colleges across the country that embrace service and engagement. We offer more than 40 undergraduate programs of study with graduate degrees in education and business. Building on a strong foundation of more than 150 years of educating citizens for lives of leadership and service, Defiance College enables its students to take the knowledge they have gained and use it to change lives for the better in their communities, in distant villages, and in their careers.


For full consideration, interested candidates should forward a letter of interest, resume, and the names and telephone numbers of four professional references electronically to no later than February 24, 2020. Applications will be treated confidentially and inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Lisa Marsalek, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Defiance College is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply.

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Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Defiance College