Warner Pacific University’s Mission: Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description: Warner Pacific University is seeking a dynamic and highly entrepreneurial leader to be the next Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. Reporting to the President and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Vice President will strengthen the culture of philanthropy through the use of leading-edge practices. Along with the President, this role will be charged with rebuilding Warner Pacific’s advancement and external relations footprint in alignment with its minority-serving mission and desire to move into civic and corporate spaces.
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs and recruiting and developing talented team members focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. The advancement function includes responsibility for the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship and advancement services. This is a full-time, benefit eligible position.
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon with approximately 900 students. The university’s main campus occupies 15 acres on the south slope of Mt. Tabor at the intersection of Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street. Its three Professional and Graduate Studies Program sites are located 30 blocks east of the main campus in Portland; in Vancouver, Washington; and in Longview, Washington. The University has approximately 10,000 alumni and maintains a comprehensive database of its alumni and friends of the university in business and industry.
The University is seeking a leader who is passionate about Warner Pacific University’s mission to be a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts university. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, creative, savvy with a breadth of experience in advancement, including annual fund, capital projects, and planned giving.
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations must serve as a hands-on senior fund development executive with demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment. The Vice President serves in a critical role within the executive leadership team at Warner Pacific University (WPU). The Vice President reports directly to the President, is a member of the executive leadership team, and serves on or leads various other University committees or councils.
The Vice President must effectively collaborate with other senior administrators and with the faculty to execute advancement goals, manage University resources effectively, build WPU’s advancement program and position the institution for the future. The Vice President will be the primary fundraiser and manager for Warner Pacific University’s development and fund-raising campaigns.
The successful candidate is expected to prepare and implement a comprehensive Annual Development Plan; provide direct engagement, as well as leadership and direction to solicit and secure funds and resources that enable the University to accomplish its mission and strategic goals; increase donor support by identifying, cultivating and soliciting existing and new major donors as well as capital, annual and endowment gifts.
The Vice President works collaboratively with the President, senior staff, faculty and Athletic Director on donor prospect development for major gift solicitation and oversees the planning, coordination and execution of special events.
The Vice President will also provide the leadership to develop a campus-wide culture and climate of philanthropy and work with the campus community to address the University’s funding needs and opportunities.
The Vice President is the senior officer who collaborates with the marketing team to ensure an advancement program that focuses on consistent messages and identity, publications and online communication to enhance the University’s image for fundraising.
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations reports to the President and supports the mission of the university by overseeing fund-raising; university relations; alumni, church and parent relations; and external relations. As a member of the executive management team, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations participates in setting broad organizational goals, objectives and policies. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations is:
Responsible to the President for all University-wide fund-raising and external relations matters.
Responsible for establishing and maintaining University-wide fund raising objectives, policies, programs, and practices which ensure the revenue requirements are met for the University.
Responsible for short- and long-term fund-raising planning, reporting, internal control, and compliance.
Responsible for achieving annual giving, planned giving, and capital projects fundraising goals.
Responsible to work with the President to identify major donor prospects and to achieve fund raising goals.
Responsible to oversee and approve all fund-raising activities on the campus.
Responsible to set annual grant submission goals and oversee grant writing.
Responsible to oversee alumni, parent and church relations function in order to enhance constituent relations and build support for the university.
Co-staff the Trustees’ Advancement and Enrollment Committee with the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing.
Be present in the office during regular office hours and attend staff and department meetings as required.
Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
Demonstrate commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding to the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Strategic Goals Related to Position:
Improving and maintaining the University’s fund-raising function and programs.
Overseeing an effective, transparent and inclusive fund-raising process
Achieving annual giving goals to support the ongoing operation of the institution
Supporting campus-wide initiatives and programs
Achieving fundraising goals to support capital development to fulfill the campus master plan
Raising public awareness of the University’s distinctives and building the reputation of the institution on the local, regional and national stage.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to seven years’ experience in advancement/fund-raising are required.
The successful candidate will be a senior officer with inspirational leadership qualities, experience and thorough knowledge of the role of institutional advancement in supporting the complex mission of a Christ-centered urban liberal arts university. The candidate will have a record of achievement in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
The successful candidate should demonstrate experience with all phases of development including the development of a strategic plan for advancement and the execution of successful advancement campaigns in coordination with senior staff and other members of the university community.
The Vice President must have an understanding of development-specific technology, the ability to assess and improve systems and processes to further advancement goals, interpersonal and communication skills to enable her/him to strengthen and lead the alumni and advancement programs to new levels of success at Warner Pacific University, and the skills to conceptualize and execute a communications campaign that reflects the institution’s history, traditions and distinctiveness and which inspires and engages its constituencies.
The successful candidate should be a strong communicator capable of expressing ideas in a clear and concise manner. It is essential that the candidate’s Christian faith is integrated in all that s/he does and that her/his personal ethics are consistent with the mission, vision and values of Warner Pacific University.
The successful candidate should have experience working with diverse populations.
Salary commensurate with experience.
An advanced degree is strongly preferred
Experience in higher education and familiarity with the philanthropic landscape of Portland, Oregon is highly desirable.
Employment and Lifestyle Standards: Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1. A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit. 2. The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices. 3. A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints. 4. A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development. 5. For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another. 6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives. 7. A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community. 8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
Employee Agreement: Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Equal Employment Opportunity Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject. All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above. Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.
Physical Demands – Work Environment:
The position is located in a typical office environment. Professional/business casual attire is required.
To Apply: In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please submit your cover letter and CV/Resume to HR@warnerpacific.edu. Applicants invited to participate in the interview process will be asked to complete WPU’s online employment application at a later time.
About Warner Pacific University
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution. The University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. We, therefore, encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject. All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above. Because Warner Pacific... is a Christian liberal arts university, the university exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.