Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College, located in the heart of Boston, is the nation's premier institution in higher education devoted to communication, the arts and the liberal arts. The curriculum is structured within two schools and an institute: School of the Arts, School of Communication and the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies. It is internationally recognized in its fields of specialization, which include communication studies; marketing communication; journalism; communication sciences and disorders; visual and media arts; the performing arts; and writing, literature and publishing. Emerson's state-of-the-art campus is located in Boston's Theatre District. In addition to its three historic theaters and numerous performance and broadcasting spaces, Emerson's facilities, technology, studios and creative learning spaces are cutting-edge. The College expanded its considerable West Coast academic programs through the 2014 opening of an award-winning multi-use facility in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Center is home to academic and professional programs in areas including, but not limited to, television production, performance for various forms of media, filmmaking, screenwriting, and entertainment marketing. Emerson College ranks tenth in the 2016 edition of "Best Colleges, Regional (North).” A survey ranked its journalism program the best in the country, noting the department’s rapid and effective response to the changing landscape of journalism and new media. ranked Emerson #13 for entrepreneurship among U.S. colleges. Emerson alumni are found among the leaders in their fields. They include, among others, actors Henry Winkler and Denis Leary; former host Jay Leno; producers Norman Lear (, ), Kevin Bright (), Vin Di Bona (), and Max Mutchnik (); and entertainment executive Doug Herzog, President, MTV Networks Entertainment Group. The Alumni Association actively involves alumni in promoting the reputation and influence of Emerson College as a leader in communication and the arts.

The Opportunity

Emerson College seeks a dynamic, strategic partner to increase Emerson's institutional capacity and effectiveness. The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will report directly to the President and oversee a staff of 20. Significant responsibilities include the opportunity to improve the communication of the College's philanthropic reliance to its closest supporters—alumni, parents and friends— and translate those relationships to more significant giving. Additionally, the Vice President will lead and develop a systematic communication, identification, cultivation and recognition process for new potential sources of support, building a sustainable pipeline for future donors. This leader will effectively increase the overall fundraising capabilities of the institution, strengthen the culture of philanthropy at all levels of the institution and add to the annual gift income and long-term endowment available to support the College's priorities.

Past searches and placements for Emerson College

  • Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement
  • Associate Vice President for Major Gifts
  • Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
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