Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Indiana University Northwest in the search for a Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs.

Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs will serve as the chief development and external relations officer for Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest). The Vice Chancellor will provide leadership, strategic direction, vision, and initiative in the planning, implementation, and administration of the campus’ fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, community relations, and campus events. The Vice Chancellor will assist the Office of the Chancellor with economic development initiatives, government relations, and the cultivation and engagement of the Board of Advisors. The Vice Chancellor will provide leadership and direction for all aspects of fundraising including annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, alumni and emeriti giving, and corporate and foundation/non-profit support. The Vice Chancellor will also provide targeted marketing and communication strategies to promote and advance the public image of IU Northwest and student enrollment goals.

IU Northwest is a comprehensive regional university that serves Northwest Indiana with an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. It has five schools/colleges including the College of Arts and Sciences, School of the Arts (the only school of the arts in the region), School of Business and Economics, School of Education, and the College of Health and Human Services, offering more than 70 degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. IU Northwest has one of the most diverse campuses in the state having recently been designated as a Hispanic Serving/Minority Serving Institution. Additionally, approximately 40% of its students are first generation, reflecting its vital role as an engine of social and economic mobility and opportunity in the region.

IU Northwest is experiencing a synergistic rebirth, rediscovery, and excitement within the region. Ken Iwama, IU Northwest’s Chancellor, was appointed Chancellor in August 2020, leading a new, community-engaged vision and direction for the campus. This past academic year, IU Northwest completed its new campus strategic plan, and this year Indiana University will be creating an overall strategic framework, IU 2030. The Vice Chancellor will have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage this new vision, opportunity, and energy to build and develop a team into a new era of advancement and external relations.

IU Northwest has been recognized by the Department of Education as a minority and Hispanic serving institution, offering extraordinary opportunities for all. Best Health Degrees has ranked the institution 11 out of 25 for best radiation science degrees and Best Value Schools has given them a second-place ranking among the top 20 nursing schools in Indiana. Proud of their diverse student body, IU Northwest was ranked 9th in the Midwest and 59th in the nation for ethnic diversity by US News & World Report.

As one of the most diverse campuses in the state, Indiana University Northwest is committed to creating welcoming, inclusive, and respectful campus communities where everyone can thrive and do their best work—a place where all are treated with dignity and respect. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Indiana University’s mission to provide broad access to its outstanding educational opportunities for its students and career opportunities for faculty and staff. In its new strategic plan, IU Northwest established advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion+ as one of its five major goals.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of professional experience in fundraising or applicable external revenue generation role within a non-profit organization or higher educational institution. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Indiana University Northwest as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


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