Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Pittsburgh Technical College

Job Description

Commitment to Mission
This job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission of Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) in carrying out the duties of the position. A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professional communication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship, respect and accountability to PTC students and employees is essential.

About PTC
Pittsburgh Technical College is a private, non-profit, regionally accredited institution committed to a higher standard of educational excellence focused on academic and professional success. Located on a beautiful 180-acre campus in Western Pennsylvania, PTC was founded in 1946. PTC awards associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates within 10 Schools and 30 Programs. PTC offers a college experience that is empowering and culminates in internships and clinical rotations for on-campus, degree-seeking students.

PTC is a small college that is embarking upon the establishment of an Education Foundation and is successfully transitioning from its For-Profit – ESOP roots and requires a competitive leader in this inaugural role to stake a claim on the future.

PTC seeks to be the educator of choice in 2-year applied and technical education and has an emphasis on developing a pipeline to middle skills careers and fueling the regional and national workforce grounded in an exception STEM Education.

Sixty-five (65) percent of PTC graduates are offered jobs prior to graduating with a vast majority of the remaining students securing positions within 90 days of graduating. That, combined with our retention and graduation outcomes, place us above both regional and national averages. PTC is committed to expanding access to higher education as well as finding ways to address the issue of affordability.

PTC is a leader in preparing graduates for the workforce and leading in innovative workforce development throughout the region. Annually, thousands of graduates fill positions that are critical to southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy, as well as our nation's economy.

At ninety-five (95) percent, PTC has one of the nation’s highest in-field placement rates. This institution is integral to the fulfillment of providing a critical workforce for Pennsylvania’s most in demand fields.
The College has advanced technical education by providing real life world experiences and collaborating with businesses and industry throughout the region in the areas of trades, robotics, healthcare, and information systems and technology. Eighty (80) percent of PTC graduates work in Allegheny County and that remains a unique identifier for PTC as a community asset.
Purpose of Job
PTC seeks an ambitious, accomplished, senior advancement leader to join a highly collaborative senior leadership team to lead foundation and endowment efforts, direct institutional fund raising, annual giving, major and corporate gifts, state and federal grants, and enhance alumni relations and giving, and legislative relations. We are seeking a hands-on, charismatic executive.
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) is Pittsburgh Technical College’s chief development officer and will be critical in delivering on the message that investing in Pittsburgh Technical College is a clear investment in the regional and state workforce as PTC is committed to serving as a solution in rebuilding the Commonwealth.
This position will report directly to the President and is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. The VPIA will lead the institution’s major campaign efforts to focus on securing $150 million, focusing on capital improvement projects, endowment, and the annual President’s fund.
The PTC community seeks a VPIA who models innovative leadership and an empowering management style, strong advocacy for the College externally and the Advancement team internally, and excellent communication skills.
Education Requirements
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or a related field.
Experience Requirements
  • Minimum of three years functioning as an Institutional Advancement Officer in a higher education and or non-profit setting.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in hands-on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects/donors at five and six-figure levels of giving.
    • An equivalent combination of education and professional experience may be considered.
  • A proven, talented, seasoned advancement leader with strong leadership and management skills, with a proven track record of quantifiable success in higher education or related fields.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to innovation, sustainable and continuous growth for self and the organization.
  • Ability to think creatively and transparently with openness to new ideas and their implementation.  
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, demonstrate a high level of energy, function in an orderly and organized manner.
  • Ability to analyze data, prepare reports, and discuss findings with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Functional knowledge of software, including Microsoft Office and Fundraising and/or Gift software.
  • Must be a strategic thinker who can develop and implement a vision for the Advancement division and leverage the opportunities that stem from that strategic vision.
  • Demonstrated personal success in major donor cultivation and solicitation, with a goal of increasing overall donor participation.
Essential Job Functions
  • Serve as key member of the President’s Cabinet and as a strategic advisor to the College President.
  • Deliver thoughtful leadership to build, lead, and manage a high-performing Advancement team by providing guidance, support, and development, while recruiting top talent.
  • Develop and achieve annual and multi-year gift goals in collaboration with the President.
  • Create realistic visit targets through stages of identification to solicitation and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with PTC’s Community and Corporate College to align corporate donor asks with curricular and training needs.
  • Strategize and closely plan with the President to integrate major gifts to align with College’s mission and areas of greatest need.
  • Develop strategies and plans to fund the College’s short and long-term programs and needs.
  • Prepare departmental budget and monitor revenue and expenses to ensure financial resources are properly aligned. 
  • Create and manage vendor and contract lists to ensure propriety, accuracy, and relevance to the College’s mission.
  • Act as a regional champion of the PTC brand and voice.
  • Attend Advancement and Alumni events as requested.
  • Collaborate with various departments to identify potential gift opportunities.
  • Contribute to PTC’s overall success by performing additional duties as needed.
Physical Demands
Pittsburgh Technical College (hereinafter “PTC”) will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with known disabilities if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship and/or a direct threat to the health and/or safety of the individual or others.
For additional information regarding PTC’s disability accommodation, please email

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Must successfully complete criminal background and credit check prior to starting position.
  • Must provide three (3) professional references.
  • PTC offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Payday is last working day of the month.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

PTC is committed to hiring talented and qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds for all positions. PTC believes that the gathering and celebration of unique experiences, qualities, and cultures enriches the workplace. Our mission is to champion a community of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in a spirit of civility.

To learn more about DEI’s mission, vision, and values, Visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage.

Disability Accommodation Statement

Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability to use our online system to apply for a position at PTC, please give us a call at 412-809-5100 or email

Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or veteran status. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PTC does not discriminate against applicants, employees, or students with qualifying disabilities. PTC will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability. To request reasonable accommodation, please email

Work Schedule
Full time; 40+ hours per week. Responsibilities of position will require additional work hours, including attendance at important College events.

Working Conditions
  • Equipment used includes desktop or laptop with Microsoft Windows environment, calculator, phone, and other general office equipment.
  • Interface with internal and external contacts as needed to carry out the functions of the position.
  • Work generally performed in a climate-controlled office with minimal exposure to safety hazards.

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