Senior Philanthropy Advisor for Economics, Business and Capital Campaign

  • Hope College
  • Holland, MI 49423
  • Mar 17, 2023
Full time Administrative

Job Description

Senior Philanthropy Advisor for Economics, Business and Capital Campaign

The Senior Philanthropy Advisor (SPA) for Economics, Business, and Capital Campaign Priorities serves as the chief philanthropy officer for Hope College’s vision for the future of Business, Economics, and related capital investment, which makes up $100 Million of Hope College’s next comprehensive campaign. It is an unparalleled opportunity to move Hope College’s outstanding reputation for business related graduates into the national spotlight.

Hope College is a highly regarded source for leadership talent at corporations and businesses throughout the Midwest, and has a growing reputation across the nation. In partnership with the Vice President, Associate Vice Presidents, the Chair of Economics and Business, and the Senior
Director of Donor Relations and Philanthropy Services, the Senior Philanthropy Advisor will possess an awareness of leading philanthropy industry and content-based practices to implement, assess, and refine metrics, and activities in support of capital campaign goals and priorities.
The SPA reports to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Principle and Planned Giving in the Division of Philanthropy and Engagement.

Responsibilities Include:

Strategic Planning and Management (20%)

  • In close collaboration with and support of the leadership in Economics & Business, and in partnership with the AVP for Principle and Planned Giving, as well as the AVP for Campaigns and Chief Administrative Officer, primary responsibilities include serving as the lead philanthropy and engagement liaison through establishing and advocating for the fundraising priorities and setting the ongoing development of annual capital and campaign goals. This includes…
  • Maintaining adherence to institutional policies and best practices, especially ensuring that all philanthropy and engagement goals and efforts reflect divisional culture and inclusive excellence guiding principles.
  • Meeting regularly to help prioritize and manage philanthropic and engagement activities of involved leadership and appropriate divisional leadership/faculty with prospects and donors.
  • Serving as a liaison in prioritizing and coordinating College leadership and divisional representatives through cultivating their active participation in fundraising and campaign-related activities.
  • Ensuring leadership for Economics and Business as well as and capital projects are provided with necessary donor, prospect, and research support materials, including the creation of proposals and related development correspondence.
  • Collaborating with the AVP, SPAs, and APAs from other affinities on institutionally prioritized multi-disciplinary, cross-divisional fundraising initiatives as necessary.
  • Seeking out and maintaining fluency with the academic, administrative, and programmatic funding priorities for Economics and Business as well as capital projects in order to effectively align those activities with potential sources of external support.
  • Establishing solid working relationships with department chairs, directors and administrative units and provide support with donor/campaign visits and events.
  • Overseeing and assisting in the development of annual budget and work collaboratively to ensure effective stewardship of resources by being fiscally responsible.

Fundraising (80%)

  • Ensuring fundraising goals and activity metrics are achieved both individually and divisionally, through collaboration with the AVP, Dean, SPAs, APAs, and essential partners throughout the campus community, and volunteers.
  • Developing and proactively maintaining a dynamic portfolio of approximately 100-150 current and potential donors within the Economics and Business constituency with the capacity to make a major philanthropic investment, defined as $50,000 or greater with a focus on six and seven figure gifts. (While SPAs should meet annual major gift proposal benchmarks, equal weight is placed on the SPA’s annual discovery efforts to develop new donors.)
  • Partnering with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs to determine potential corporate and foundation opportunities.
  • Ensuring best practices regarding stewardship of all donors, in concert with Donor Relations, campus partners, and divisional and institutional leadership The Senior Philanthropy Advisor (SPA) serves as the chief engagement officer for Hope College’s Division of Social Sciences with personal responsibility for philanthropic achievement for the Division. The SPA reports to the Associate Vice President (AVP) in the Division of Philanthropy and Engagement.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible fundraising and leadership experience, including individual fundraising or the equivalent is required.
  • With deference to Jerry Panas, candidates must have: impeccable integrity, active listening skills, the ability to motivate others, an unrivaled work ethic, concern for people, high expectations of themselves and others, passion for this work, exceptional energy, perseverance, and professional poise.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Hope College.
  • Impeccable integrity, active listening skills, the ability to motivate others, strong work ethic, concern for people, commitment to culture and inclusive excellence, high in expectations of themselves and others, passion for the work of matchmaking donor and institutional needs, comfort with a multi-plexed organization and strong professional presence and poise.
  • Must have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • This position requires significant travel, including potential international travel.
  • Ability to work comfortably – both independently and collaboratively – in a fast-paced, creative and demanding environment that requires emotional intelligence, strong problem-solving skills, and sound judgment in decision making.
  • Must have computer skills, which should include CRM experience and networked information systems.
  • Must be able to work in a team-based environment with a mixture of staff, faculty, administration, alumni and volunteers.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Seasoned fundraising professional with experience working in higher education.
  • Experience working in a large, complex system.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), databases (FileMaker and Access) and CRMs/Networked Information Systems (Raiser’s Edge).

Application Instructions:

Candidates are required to provide a Letter of Interest to the Selection Committee, a Resume and one writing sample. Please include contact information for three references. References will not be contacted until later in the interview process.


School-College Administration, Fundraising

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