Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Philander Smith College invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for the fundraising and marketing functions of the College - plans, manages, and oversees the broad goals of the advancement office that support the College. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. Working collaboratively with the Cabinet, the VPIA holds a variety of responsibilities that interpret and advance the College’s mission as well as provide growth and stability.

(including, but not limited to):

 Increase fundraising through capital campaigns, scholarship endowment, major gifts, and alumni cultivation;
 Development of a comprehensive fundraising unit that integrates faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustees in multiple fundraising initiatives;
 Command of knowledge and behaviors, relating to legal aspects of fundraising and obligations to donors;
 Supervise directors and staff members in the Office of Advancement;
 Understand and interpret the needs of the College through multiple venues, including the Board of Trustees, Cabinet, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and other appropriate constituent groups;
 Identify donor prospects as well as provide appropriate and timely follow-up;
 Cultivate donor prospects for the President’s participation;
 Develop a comprehensive Alumni Giving Program;
 Understanding of and experience with marketing and communications;
 Assess the full scope of fundraising as well as provide annual evaluation and goals for periods of one, three and five year plans and programs;
 Attend convocations, faculty and staff meetings as well as other official meetings of the College;
 Carry out other duties as assigned by the President.


 A Ph.D. degree is preferred but not required. Applicants will have 10+ years experience in higher education fundraising or fundraising in a non-profit environment;
 A minimum of five years in a senior level administrative position;
 Demonstrated success in building programs and initiatives for sustainable donor relationships;
 Strategic planning skills and competencies in advancement planning, capital campaign oversight, endowment and fiscal management, stakeholder cultivation, as well as personnel management;
 Ability to work effectively with campus administrators and campus constituencies;
 Experienced in managing all fundraising roles with particular emphasis to fundraising activities of the President;
 Understanding of, and preferably experience in working with, a faith based historically Black College or University.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curricula vitae, copies of transcripts, and three letters of professional recommendations to: E-mail subject line should include the full name of the position for which and documents should be in Word format. Applicants may also mail their information to:

Philander Smith College
Attn: Office of Human Resources
900 Daisy Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202

Philander Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees, based on age, race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, or religion. Philander Smith College is a smoke-free and drug-free work environment. Philander Smith College participates in E-Verify.


Philander Smith College is a private historically Black four-year Liberal Arts institution, nestled near the progressive epicenter of downtown Little Rock, which encompasses the thriving cultural and business River Market District and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Affiliated with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the College holds the distinction as the only United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institution in the state of Arkansas. Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the United Methodist Senate, Association for Collegiate and Business Schools and Programs, and the Council on Social Work Education. It currently offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Social Work.

Philander Smith College has as its mission “to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better.” PSC’s mission statement specifically calls for the College to prepare its graduates not only for more than a successful career, but also for a commitment to better their communities.

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