Vice President for Advancement

  • Interlochen, MI
  • Full-time

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.


Job Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Advancement. Reporting to Interlochen's President, Jeffrey Kimpton, the Vice President will oversee and lead all advancement activities, and will serve as a key member of the leadership team that sets strategic direction for Interlochen at an exciting time of growth for this renowned institution. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity at one of the world's most esteemed centers of arts education.

The Vice President for Advancement will build on the current success of the advancement program, and develop strategic direction and tactical programs to lead the evolution of an industry-leading advancement office as it adapts to a changing social, technological, philanthropic, and educational climate. The Vice President will lead a staff of approximately 18 professionals who are responsible for a cohesive advancement program relevant to Interlochen's increasingly diverse constituencies and programs. The Vice President will report to and work closely with the President, strategically partnering with him and the Board of Trustees to bring Interlochen's advancement operation to new levels of productivity and innovation. S/he will also provide leadership in preparation for a comprehensive capital campaign.  The Vice President will travel extensively.


Candidates will have ten or more years of experience in the advancement field, including but not limited to: demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting seven-figure gifts, innovative structuring of an advancement operation, leadership experience of a capital campaign, creativity and efficiency in managing volunteers, and a background in identifying and engaging donors from multiple and diverse constituencies.

The Vice President will have a deep understanding of and passion for the mission, culture, and goals of this world-class arts institution and will champion Interlochen to a passionate alumni and friend constituency. Candidates should manage in a style that encourages innovation and adaptation of technology, promotes diversity, and rewards collaboration and teamwork. A bachelor's degree is required and a background in the arts is highly desirable.

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