Vice President for University Advancement

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Vice President for University Advancement
Position Number 988360
Requisition No. S00784
Salary Range/Pay Rate Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Position Notes

Compensation commensurate with education and experience. For more information on Oakland University’s salary structure and fringe benefits, please go to our website at

Employee Group/Grade Executive
Job Category Executive
Work Schedule FT/Reg (40 hours)

This is a full-time position. Travel and ability to work weekends and evenings when necessary is required.
Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017.

Pay Schedule Month
Number of Hrs./Wk. 40

Position Information

Position Information

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree or training and work experience at a level commensurate to an advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of ten years of successful, progressively responsible managerial experience in an advancement discipline, along with substantive and successful experience creating collaborative opportunities between advancement, alumni engagement, and the campus community.

Must be a visionary leader capable of harnessing the momentum and excitement of others, effectively engaging the time and talents of all stakeholders, and be a superior strategist and relationship builder able to inspire a high level of initiative, creativity and passion.

Must possess a strong personal resonance for the intellectual environment of a teaching and research university, its faculty, students and staff.

Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and successfully close significant major and principal gifts and building long-term donor relationships. Must have a proven track record of mentoring effectively across an organization, including working collaboratively with unit leaders to enhance their fundraising efforts.

Must possess exceptional problem solving abilities and people skills, a proven track record of executing plans and strategies, successful change management experience, and experience with budget preparation, planning and resource management.

Must possess honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through, and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Strong leadership experience in the successful completion of comprehensive fundraising campaigns of considerable scope and complexity that secured transformational gifts from new sources is desired.

Desired Qualifications

Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials are strongly preferred.

All Qualifications

Unless otherwise required by an applicable collective bargaining agreement, all minimum, additional and desired qualifications are preferred, but qualifications, degrees, and/or experience deemed comparable and/or equivalent by Oakland University in its sole and exclusive discretion may be considered.

Additional Qualifications
Position Purpose

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for University Advancement will be the University’s chief advancement officer, and will develop and implement a comprehensive advancement program for the University that includes an operating plan with targeted priorities, annual goals, and strategies for fundraising and engagement that will expand the University’s visibility and importance among targeted philanthropic constituencies. The Vice President for University Advancement will serve as the primary strategist for all University fundraising activities, and work closely with the President, Provost, Deans and Directors to appropriately balance centralized and decentralized operations to ensure that the goals of the University are met, and that individual units are successful in both the short and long terms. Concentrating on both campus-wide priorities and needs that fall outside individual units, the Vice President for University Advancement will provide direction for the entire University’s advancement operation.

The Vice President for University Advancement will lead dynamic development and engagement teams that understand the importance and urgency of exceeding expectations for raising funds from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and other organizations needed to achieve University goals. He/she will also actively manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and donors by personally participating in their cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and retention, and will articulate the case for support for the University’s priorities as well as coordinate and leverage the efforts of the college, schools and other academic units. He/she will also plan and manage alumni programs and activities to impact alumni engagement and alumni fundraising.

Job Open Date 10/26/2017
Job Close Date

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents