TitleVice President of Philanthropy
Department Name7999-Advancement
Vice President of Philanthropy

The Vice President of Philanthropy will report to the President and serve as a key member of the leadership team charged with developing the strategic direction for Interlochen. Building on the assets of a strong and stable development program, the Vice President will provide strategic direction for a philanthropy operation that effectively engages and fundraises from a loyal and diverse constituency.

This compelling leadership position requires visionary leadership and management skills, exceptional judgment, effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies regionally, nationally and internationally.
The Vice President will bring many of the following professional qualities, experiences and skills:
  • A deep appreciation for Interlochen’s mission and the arts, a keen understanding of its goals and the ability to expertly articulate its uniqueness. 
  • A strong understanding and affinity for Interlochen’s values and its community. The candidate will work closely with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, radio listeners and friends and will function as a successful champion among Interlochen’s diverse constituency.
  • At least 10 years of sophisticated development experience with the full range of development functions: alumni and parent giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, development research, donor relations, gift planning, information systems and major gifts and principal gifts.
  • The strategic capacity combined with systems and processes to align the philanthropic interests of Interlochen’s supporters with the vision of the organization.
  • An entrepreneurial and flexible approach with the ability to create and lead innovative programs attuned to the changing demographics of alumni, parents and friends. This will require sophistication in programming and the ability to articulate a vision for the future and to develop an organization capable of building that future.
  • Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major and principal gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively and without silos with leaders and teams in marketing communications and constituency engagement to enhance these efforts to benefit the institution and philanthropic goals.
  • A sharp eye for operational efficiency and the best use of resources, including demonstrated understanding of budgets and the ability to manage them. A creative approach to reaching new and diverse audiences through technological methods such as online giving.
  • The ability to travel to cultivate relationships with donors and volunteers across the country and abroad.
  • “Heart,” energy, tenacity, integrity, a growth mindset and a sense of humor.
The Vice-President of Philanthropy will be a key driver in shaping the future of Interlochen and will:
  • Partner with the President to develop the strategy, planning and infrastructure build up toward Interlochen’s next comprehensive capital campaign likely aligned with its centennial.
  • Guide and support the President in all of his advancement-related activities, serving as a co-strategist in cultivating and soliciting transformative gifts. Ensure that the President is well briefed and that his time spent is highly productive and personally rewarding.
  • Work closely with the Board’s members and encourage their personal participation in philanthropy.
  • Provide the highest level of personal support to the Board and volunteer leadership for their activities on behalf of Interlochen; ensure that their volunteer experience is meaningful, productive and enjoyable, and that the Board’s intellectual and emotional connection to Interlochen and each other is strengthened.
  • Lead and inspire a philanthropy leadership team and 20 additional staff members.
  • Serve as a member of Interlochen’s Executive Management and Senior Management teams, contributing to institution-wide mission, vision and goal-setting as well as problem-solving discussions.

​​​​​​Send Nominations or Cover Letter and Resume to:
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President for Strategy & Client Relations
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