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The Institution

Riverside Military Academy seeks a Vice President for Advancement. The Academy was established in 1907 and has grown to become one of the nation's largest and most successful military boarding schools. It has a well-earned reputation for excellence in college preparation and molding young men into leaders of character.

The Academy is located in a rich and growing market primed for attracting high quality potential donors. Five counties within a one-hour drive of campus are listed in the 100 fastest growing counties in the nation and seven of Georgia's top ten wealthiest counties are within sixty miles.

The campus is located on Lake Lanier in the city of Gainesville with a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gainesville is a thriving and vibrant community of 36,000 with a county population of 190,000. The city is rapidly becoming a suburb of greater Atlanta which is just fifty miles southwest on Interstate 985/85. Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world's busiest airport, is in Atlanta.

The Academy's student body is organized as a Corps of Cadets. All high school students are enrolled in Leadership Education and Training courses. For over 80 years Riverside has held the highest rating of "Honor Unit with Distinction." This rating provides the authority to nominate cadets to all of the service academies, such as West Point and Annapolis.

Current enrollment is approximately 540 cadets from 28 states and 22 foreign countries. There are 58 full-time faculty members, most holding advanced degrees. Riverside graduates continually earn admission and scholarships to top U.S. and international universities. The Class of 2017 received in excess of $6.7 million dollars of merit based scholarships.

Riverside has a rich history of providing a distinctive education for pre-collegiate young men. The Academy offers a structured and challenging academic program with a commitment to the development of self discipline, self esteem, critical thinking, personal responsibility, spiritual awareness, and physical fitness. Cadets are encouraged to strive for excellence in every endeavor.

The Academy's rigorous academic program is designed to thoroughly prepare each cadet for college. Average class size is sixteen cadets, with extensive individual attention available. Advanced Placement courses are offered in all core academic departments.

Riverside has a comprehensive Character Education Program with both formal and informal instruction including a Distinguished Speaker Series that incorporates bi-weekly speakers followed by discussion groups focused on integrity, leadership, ethical decision making, and sound judgment.

Athletics play an important role in the lives of all Riverside cadets as it instills teamwork and self esteem. Facilities are well maintained and rival or exceed those found at many colleges.

The integrated experience and structured environment are carefully tailored to inspire learning. Riverside's immersive environment, centered on the development of all aspects of a young man's character, fitness, leader-ship and knowledge, is simply unavailable in a typical public or boarding school.

An ambitious Facility Master Plan completed in the early 2000s at a cost of over $100 million resulted in one of the most impressive campuses in the nation. The dormitory houses all cadets under one roof, including a dining facility that accommodates all cadets and faculty in one seating. The campus also includes a fully equipped infirmary, a natatorium, gymnasium, library, theatre, faculty apartments and an armory. The president's home is often used as a venue for special events. All remaining buildings, classrooms, and athletic facilities have been renovated as well.

Riverside Military Academy is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board consists of twenty-four members, including alumni, leaders in higher education, parents, and business professionals. Trustees serve three-year terms and normally meet three times each year. The Board has a professional reputation, understands its responsibility and has a well balanced relationship with the administration. A strong sense of teamwork pervades the Riverside community.

Riverside's impressive campus, distinctive mission, rigorous curriculum, dedicated faculty and committed cadets make it one of the premier single-gender, college preparatory, boarding schools in the nation. The Academy is fully accredited and holds membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, and the National Association of Independent Schools.

The Opportunity

The Vice President for Advancement reports to the President and serves as the senior development administrator. The Vice President is charged with designing and implementing an aggressive advancement program in collaboration with Academy leadership, the Board of Trustees and volunteers.

The Academy is in the initial planning stages for its first major capital campaign and seeks an exceptional leader. The bold decision in the 1990s by the Board to rebuild the Academy as a world-class facility created the need for fundraising beginning in 2003. Subsequently, a supporting foundation was established. A pattern of exceeding fundraising goals developed during the last eight years with more than $10 million raised or committed. The institution is now well poised to conduct a formal capital campaign.

In addition to leading the Advancement office, the Vice President will serve as the President of the Riverside Military Academy Foundation while working closely with the Trustees. The Vice President will also coordinate with the Director of Communications and Public Relations.

Reporting directly to the Vice President are the Director of Alumni Relations, the Associate Alumni Director, the Coordinator of the Annual Fund, and the Coordinator of Donor Relations. This staff may increase as the upcoming capital campaign progresses.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have significant experience as a senior development/advancement professional and in the execution of a major campaign. Experience should include successful relationships with major donors and the executive ability to manage the functions of a professional advancement office. This includes grant applications, alumni relations, annual fund, donor relations, planned giving and coordinating a large volunteer staff. A working knowledge of current advancement technology is imperative.

Personal characteristics should include an entrepreneurial spirit and the professional demeanor to work effectively with senior leaders. The ability to travel and to establish oneself as a leader in the local community is important. The successful candidate will have a reputation for vision, energy, competence, a strong work ethic and judgment. Impeccable moral and ethical standards with respect for human values are expected.

Contact Us

A formal application should include a letter of interest and a current resume. Other supporting documents are also welcomed and all should be forwarded electronically in PDF FORMAT to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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For confidential inquiries prior to submitting documents, interested parties may contact:

Mick Zais, Ph.D.
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Jon McRae
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Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. We endorse the letter and the spirit of the law.