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Vice President for Institutional Advancement

STATUS: Full-Time, 40 hours per week
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
SUPERVISES: Institutional Advancement Staff

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement works with him and the IA team to lead the College’s fundraising, marketing and communications functions, including capital and endowment campaigns; special events; individual giving and major and planned gifts; corporate and foundation relations; alumni relations; donor relations; prospect management; gift processing and acknowledgement; publications, digital media and public relations; and exhibitions and public programs. He/she is a member of the College’s leadership team and works closely with the Board of Trustees, the senior administration, faculty and staff to achieve CCS’s strategic goals.


Qualified candidates for the Vice President position should have a minimum of 10 years of broad-based and progressively more responsible institutional advancement experience, preferably with a concentration in education or the arts.  Experience should include at least five years in senior level management, preferably in the nonprofit arena.  A Bachelor’s degree is required; and an advanced degree is preferred.

Ideal skills include:

  • Substantial knowledge and experience in the aforementioned functional areas of advancement.
  • Demonstrated record of success in major gifts fundraising.
  • A record of accomplishment working effectively with a CEO and with board members.
  • An effective working knowledge of computer applications in the advancement field, including familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong budgeting and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage other professionals and to work productively with volunteers.

The person selected for this position must be a creative, innovative and results-oriented individual with excellent interpersonal skills, strong presentation and negotiating skills, and general business acumen.  The ability to write clearly and effectively is a must, as is facility with budgets and financial reporting.  Individuals who are interested in this opportunity must have impeccable integrity and must be able to provide references from all previous employers.

ABOUT CCS: College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, and the Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design. An Art Education Teacher Certification program is also available.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will

close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format:  Resume, a letter of application and references should be submitted via

Institutional Advancement

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.