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Vice President, University Advancement and Public Affairs

The VPUAPA is the chief development officer for the University, directly responsible to the president for the planning and administration of a comprehensive program of fundraising and marketing compatible with the philosophy and objectives of the university. The VPUAPA is responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for the Advancement division of the University, to include alumni relations, major gifts and planned giving, marketing and public information, university development, and corporate and foundation relations.


Articulate the critical role of private philanthropy and the opportunities for voluntary support. Guides the establishment and implementation of a broad range of advancement policies and procedures applicable to individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Identify, cultivate, solicit closing and stewardship of potential and existing donors and opportunities for funding. Develop and maintain personal contacts with individual donors and prospective donors. Maintain the necessary relations to keep the institution's name and achievements alive in the minds of individuals, corporate and foundation executives, and board members. Ensure an expanding positive image of the university through effective marketing and public communications. Provide administrative direction regarding general fundraising objectives. Implement long-range planning and philosophy for areas of responsibility. Oversee the development of alumni relations. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

Physical Condition

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience and success in fundraising management and proven leadership, communication, and external relations skills. Also, the candidate must have a proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts and demonstrated ability to supervise staff and to work effectively with administrators, boards, faculty, alumni, and corporate and community leaders.


Must possess an understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations or corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. Skill in establishing and maintaining relationships with potential funding sources. Understanding of general public relations and marketing principles. Demonstrated expertise in management, leadership, and working collaboratively with senior leadership teams. Understanding of the higher education landscape, and ability to work with academic and athletics units in identifying and developing potential fundraising sources. Experience in donor research, including data collection and analysis. Knowledgeable in the use of computers and standard computer software programs.


A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree preferred.

Additional Requirements

Requires the ability to work well with diverse populations and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Must have exceptional interpersonal skills, to include the ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally, develop and maintain close relationships with donors and prospective donors, and exercise sound judgment. *This position is designated as security sensitive (High) and requires a criminal background check.*Designated as a Responsible Employee as outlined by Title IX.

Serves as a member of the University’s Incident Command Structure during times of emergency or disaster and maintains appropriate National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications/trainings.

Last Updated 09-21-2018