Claremont, CA

Vice President for Advancement and Communications, Pitzer College

The Organization

Pitzer College, a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college, seeks an experienced, strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President for College Advancement and Communications.

Located in Claremont, California, Pitzer College emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities and social, behavioral and natural sciences. Pitzer College is part of The Claremont Colleges – a unique consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. The contiguous campuses share numerous programs and facilities. At Pitzer, students have access to all the resources of a major university while enjoying all the benefits of a liberal arts college experience and its personalized approach to education.

Pitzer College celebrates cultural diversity and intercultural understanding. Students from different socioeconomic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds come to Pitzer from across the globe. In addition to learning from one another, students are encouraged to participate in one of the 46 international exchanges available through Pitzer’s study abroad programs, helping them learn a foreign language and deepening their appreciation of global diversity.

Position Overview

Reporting to President Melvin Oliver, the vice president will serve as the chief officer responsible for leadership and management of the institution’s strategic and integrated vision and plan for college fundraising, advancement, engagement, marketing, and public relations.

As a key member of the president’s senior leadership team, the vice president will participate in strategic planning and work collaboratively with others across the institution to identify and support college priorities, initiatives and opportunities. Superior ability to think strategically at the institutional, departmental and individual prospect levels is of the utmost importance. The college seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking and goal-oriented advancement and communications leader with a robust track record as a major/principal gift fundraiser and manager of a sophisticated advancement operation. The Vice President will be an inspirational team builder with the capacity for embedding advancement best practices within institutional values and aspirations. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

How To Apply

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, available at Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal as early as possible, but no later than April 9, 2021.

For more information, questions or nominations, please contact Pitzer College’s consultants, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Lisa Meyer and Mercedes Chacón Vance at

Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies. Pitzer strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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