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Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Administration – Orangeburg, SC
Categories: Administration


South Carolina State University is currently seeking an experienced leader to join the President's cabinet as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is the chief development officer for the University and provides leadership for securing the public and private support essential to fulfill the University's mission.  The Vice President provides strategic direction, vision, and management of the University's overall institutional advancement efforts, including annual fund-raising programs, major capital campaigns, and university development activities.  The Vice President is responsible for the management of all fund-raising endeavors, and actively collaborates with the President and the University Foundation to define and implement an overarching advancement strategy. In accomplishing these goals, the Vice President develops and maintains relationships with alumni, donors, potential donors, and the community at large.  In addition, this position works closely with University Relations and External Affairs and Faculty and Staff.  The Vice President serves at-will and at the discretion of the President.


  • Provide leadership for and management oversight for the Division of Institutional Advancement and its reporting units: Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Director of Alumni Relations, and the SCSU Foundation.
  • Management and administrative oversight of foundations in the duties as well.
  • Serve as a liaison between the University and its stakeholders including alumni, donors, potential donors and friends of the University, corporations and foundations, and city, county, and state officials.
  • Collaborate with the President, and the Foundation to design and implement fund-raising initiatives and strategies.
  • Work closely with the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board in overseeing advancement goals and achievements.
  • Spearhead and manage campaign strategies and implementation. Maintain a portfolio of $100,000+ prospects through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Provide direction and support for the major fund-raising activities, including strategic planning of travel, prospect cultivation and solicitation, briefings, and follow-up support.
  • Work with senior leadership, faculty, alumni, and Trustees to create methods to clearly articulate the University's programs, strengths, and funding priorities to the community, alumni, donors, and donor prospects.
  • Produce annual budget, income, and activity projections for Institutional Advancement and administer the operating budget.
  • Travel frequently for alumni events and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major prospects and donors.  


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement must demonstrate substantial planning and fundraising skills.  A terminal degree is preferred, Master's degree is required, preferably in a Public Affairs, Public Administration, Business, or Finance-related area.  At least 10 - 15 years of successful direct leadership experience in philanthropic fundraising and marketing activities, including effective experience as a chief development officer of a community foundation or non-profit organization, successful hands-on endowment and capital campaign experience, and team-building expertise. Other professional qualities and competencies include the following:

  • Demonstrated institutional and functional leadership success in various types of fundraising programs;
  • Extensive knowledge of annual fund drives, major gifts, planned giving campaigns, and foundation fundraising;
  • Strong verbal and written skills, and a working knowledge of public relations and marketing principles, both strategic and operational;
  • Experience in organizing fundraising campaigns, leading and planning a capital campaign, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Familiarity and exposure to the use of software and other technology related to fundraising, data-driven results, and facilitating engagement with constituencies;
  • Ability to solicit contributions from alumni, corporate donors, friends of the institution, and any other such benefactors; documented record of personal solicitation success of $50,000 or more;
  • Intellectual depth, wisdom, maturity, and collaborative skills to work effectively with the president, trustees, alumni, senior staff, and other constituents; 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and the demonstration of integrity, teamwork, good judgment, and attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to build, enhance, cultivate, and nurture partnerships with local businesses and corporate donors

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