Fitchburg State is located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, about 10 miles from New Hampshire and 50 miles from Boston. A community of about 41,000, Fitchburg is one of the largest cities in the county, yet retains its small-town charm. Fitchburg is noted for its old mills that line the Nashua River, its hilly topography and regional parks. Among the city’s cultural attractions are the Fitchburg Art Museum with a robust contemporary art program and a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years, Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, the only toy museum in the world that’s completely devoted to aviation-related toys, Fitchburg Historical Society, Wallace Civic Center, and Coggshall Park with miles of wooded trails. Fitchburg is a short trip by car or commuter rail to Boston and nearby popular Wachusett Mountain ski resort, and Fitchburg is one of three cities that host the world-famous Longsjo Classic bicycle race each summer. To find out more about Fitchburg, please visit www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/.
Fitchburg State University is a public comprehensive institution with a strong and proud tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service, and is situated on a 60-acre traditional New England campus in North Central Massachusetts. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields to more than 7,000 students annually, including approximately 3,000 graduate students, and is home to over 200 full-time faculty members in the day division.
Founded as a teachers’ college in 1894, Fitchburg State has developed into a highly-regarded institution that blends liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment and recently updated facilities. The university prepares students to lead, serve, and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A Fitchburg State education extends beyond the classroom to include residential, professional, and co-curricular opportunities, with particular emphasis on internships. As a community resource, the university provides leadership and support for the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of North Central Massachusetts and beyond.
Fitchburg State will be widely recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning in current and emergent fields, for its commitment to transforming lives through education, and for its dedication to public service. This vision requires that the university:
It is an exciting time for philanthropy at Fitchburg State University. Formal philanthropy is relatively new at Fitchburg State, providing tremendous opportunity to grow the annual fund upon the foundation that has been laid. Major gifts and planned giving are in their infancy, allowing for significant growth and opportunity. Additionally, there is strong commitment and momentum for the Theater Block Initiative, a project designed, in part, to assist with the revitalization of the Fitchburg Community. Additionally, with the Dean structure now in place at the University, the Deans are eager to be involved in fundraising efforts. Fitchburg State’s commitment to applied learning and training students sets them apart and provides a strong platform for fundraising for the university. Fitchburg State distinguishes itself with a number of recognized programs that include criminal justice, nursing, game design, communications media and cyber security which provide important funding opportunities. All fundraising is done through the Fitchburg State University Foundation.
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement provides strategic direction, vision and management of the university’s comprehensive fundraising programs, and serves as a key adviser to the president on all matters related to institutional advancement. The Vice President is responsible for the cultivation of donors, alumni, corporations, foundations, community groups, and others as part of an overall development plan and will lead a professional staff to set and attain annual campaign, development, and constituency relations goals. Additionally, the Vice President will oversee and manage the Theater Block campaign and will partner with the President to achieve campaign goals and milestones. The Vice President will be a highly visible representative of the university to a wide array of internal and external audiences and manage a portfolio of prospects (through face-to-face visits, written proposals, and other direct contacts) by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major individual gifts. The Vice President reports to the President and participates as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. In addition, the Vice President will manage and direct other fundraising programs with professional staff, support staff, and the student and volunteer staff in developing and implementing the university’s comprehensive fundraising programs and related activities.
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