Vice President for University Advancement
Job Title: Vice President for University Advancement
Reports To: University President
Time Commitment: 40+ hours per week
- Uphold the "Founded on Christ" mission of Fresno Pacific University at all times.
- Unfaltering commitment to the the Fresno Pacific University Idea and agreement to support its ideals and practices while employed by the university.
- Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with other colleagues, students and others.
- Provide executive leadership in the Advancement Division.
- Collaborate with the president and board to establish fund-raising priorities, goals and benchmarks.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive, written plan for university advancement focusing on increasing resources and strengthening key relationships for the university.
- Manage a portfolio of high level donors and prospects toward increasing their support of the university.
- Lead the advancement team in the development of efficient and effective processes and systems.
- Optimize the supportive relationship with the Mennonite Brethren Conference, which is our supporting denomination.
- Measure, report and evaluate the ongoing success of Advancement Division functions and strategies.
- Build and strengthen existing relationships with key external constituencies including donors, foundations, corporations, churches and agencies.
- Serve as an administrative liaison to both the advancement committee of the Board of Trustees as well as the Fresno Pacific Foundation.
- Demonstrated personal Christian faith and commitment to the Christian mission of the university.
- Proven personal and professional integrity and character.
- Demonstrate commitment to the student-focused and value-centered characteristics of the university, its mission, and its Mennonite Brethren/Anabaptist, evangelical and ecumenical heritage, and educational vision as articulated in the FPU Idea.
- Carry out the value-centered orientation of the university in fundraising and other advancement activities.
- Live out an administrative style that emphasizes collaboration with faculty, staff and students as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Graduate degree in a related field or current professional certification (CFRE).
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal gifts including strong written and oral communication skills.
- Provide a history of increasingly responsible appointments with at least five years of senior level experience in advancement positions, preferably in higher education or another not-for-profit environment.
- Give evidence of experience in developing and executing strategic fundraising plans.
- Demonstrate a history of working well with a diverse range of constituents: staff, board, cabinet colleagues, faculty, students, alumni, denominational, civic and corporate leaders and friends of the university.
- Provide evidence of a proven record as a leader who can provide strategic and creative direction while balancing the resource and funding requirements necessary to achieve the university’s strategic goals.
- Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes at least eighty percent (80%) of the time.
- Frequent computer use at workstation, up to eight hours per day.
- Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
- Drive personal vehicle, typically no longer than two hours from the office.
- Public contact position requiring business-like apparel.
- Attendance and punctuality.
- Mobility within the office. Ability to walk, sit, stand and climb stairs. Ability to use hands and fingers, to handle office equipment, records and files. Occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, and to stoop, kneel or crouch. Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to read and discern written errors on paper and electronic documents. Ability to talk and hear.
- Ability to drive a vehicle.
Interested candidates should download and complete the application form and submit the following:
- A completed administrative application
- A current resume
- A cover letter making the case for candidacy for this specific position at Fresno Pacific University
The university has engaged the services of Credo, a comprehensive higher education consulting firm, to manage this search. Bill Fahrner, Credo chief operating officer/owner is managing this search and application materials should be submitted to him electronically via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is open at present and the search will continue until the ideal candidate has been selected.
Fresno Pacific University values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.