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Naropa University

Vice President for Development

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Application deadline: April 2, 2020

Senior Consultant: Kate Nolde

Associate Consultant: Disa Mason

Naropa University

Vice President for Development

Naropa University, a private institution located in Boulder Colorado, offers an opportunity for a skilled and experienced advancement professional to lead an established fundraising function and an ongoing capital campaign for a truly unique institution. The University seeks an experienced leader with a firm understanding of the components of advancement in a complex institution, combined with the skills to make a passionate and articulate case for support of the institution. Key qualities possessed by the new Vice President will include a collaborative and inclusive approach to leadership, a personal commitment to the mission and vision of the University, a strong team orientation, sound fiscal and personnel management skills, and the personality and integrity to partner closely with the President of the University in his advancement and donor relations responsibilities.

Naropa University is the only post-secondary institution in the nation that grounds the student experience in contemplative education principles. Drawing from both Eastern and Western traditions and combining rigorous academics with contemplative practice and experiential learning, the University recognizes the inherent goodness and wisdom of each human being. It educates the whole person, cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. The University, while Buddhist-inspired, is ecumenical, non-sectarian, and values ethnic and cultural diversity. A “College of Distinction” for its sixth straight year, Naropa offers ten undergraduate majors and eight post-graduate programs as well as distance learning opportunities. An academic staff of more than 160 serve a campus- based student population of more than 1,000 with curricula some of which are unique to the institution. Naropa is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is the first Buddhist- inspired academic institution to receive United States regional accreditation.

Naropa’s advancement functions have included in the past, the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major giving, restricted giving, planned giving, crowdfunding and online donation, and dedicated funds for scholarships and special projects. The University is currently in its second capital campaign, undertaken as a part of its 2016-2020 “Naropa Now & Next” strategic plan for development. There are nearly 8,000 alumni or record. More information about the Vice President for Development role, including the position requirements can be found in the position profile in the Open Searches section of the Academic Search website:

To apply, a candidate should prepare a thoughtful letter of interest addressing as appropriate the issues and desired qualifications as described in the search profile. Include also a current, long-form resume. For full consideration by the search committee, applications should be submitted by April 2, 2020. Additional information about the institution can be found at Send materials as an e-mail attachment in Word to: Facilitating the search is Kate Nolde, Senior Consultant at Academic Search, Inc. or 570-419-3457. Please reach out to Kate for a confidential conversation.

Naropa University is an equal opportunity employer and its commitment to diversity aligns with its highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that facilitate collaboration to create a common humanity and a just society. Individuals who have experience with and commitment to inclusive communities are encouraged to apply.