Department: University Advancement
Reports to: President
Status: Exempt
Time commitment: Full-Time

Position Summary

The Vice President for University Advancement is an experienced development executive with a strong record of accomplishments in fundraising and fundraising administration. Reporting to the President, the Vice President will have broad authority and responsibility for oversight of all aspects of the University Advancement office, including planned giving, advancement services, major gifts & corporate relations, seminary & university stewardship, alumni relations & volunteer services, annual and scholarship fund & grant development, and athletics & special events. The Vice President will also serve as the liaison between the Foundation and the University, facilitating activities of the Foundation board and acting as the liaison between the Foundation, President, and the University Board of Trustees.

In order to help implement this vision and the university, the Vice President will have great leadership and communication skills to interact with various campus constituency groups, including academic, athletic and student leaders, the seminary, and organizations, as well as existing donors and alumni groups throughout the country.

Essential Functions


  • Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church, and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
  • Embrace the mission, vision, and values of Fresno Pacific University.
  • Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students, and guests.

The Successful candidate will bring the following qualities, skills, and experience to the position

  • Demonstrated personal Christian faith and commitment to the Christian mission of the University.
  • A baccalaureate degree required, an advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong leader with integrity and a strategic thinker who is organized, willing to travel and desires to excel at being an effective and sensitive advancement partner with the Board(s), President, Faculty, staff, volunteers, funding sources, and others.
  • A record of achievement in higher education fundraising or a related development context, including capital campaign and major gift solicitation experience, and knowledge of best practices in advancement.
  • The ability to identify and pursue opportunities between ongoing projects and potential donors.
  • Strong preference for at least five years of experience in progressively responsible development positions, and competency with electronic donor information systems.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, including public speaking; must be able to effectively communicate FPU’s vision and distinct mission.
  • Experience in working with university advancement, foundation and alumni offices.
  • Demonstrated experience and track record of effectively leading a team, based on and off campus, and cooperating with leadership in a collaborative and results-driven environment that enables the team to cultivate donors from recent graduating classes to promote lifelong giving; the ability to create policies and procedures to govern the Foundation.
  • Demonstrated ability and successful track record in securing significant major and principal six- and seven-figure gifts
  • Successful direct experience in planning or leading major comprehensive campaigns.
  • Experience in working and interacting with governing boards and other volunteer leaders.
  • Successful employee hiring and team development.

Environmental Conditions

  • Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least ninety percent (90%) of the time.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation, up to eight hours per day.
  • Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
  • Proficient at multitasking.
  • Public contact position requiring business-like apparel.

Physical Demands

  • Indoor work environment.
  • Perform the following, with or without reasonable accommodation stand, sit, kneel, stoop, reach, lift, grasp, finger, see (near and far) for reading and data analysis on a computer screen, hear and talk for ordinary conversation and telephone calls.
  • Perform analytical and cognitive thinking and decision making.
  • Approximately 90% of this position’s duties require use of a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Attendance and punctuality.
  • Travel alone between campuses.
  • Based on the main campus of Fresno Pacific University.


Pay is based upon qualifications and experience.

Application To Include

  • A letter of application
  • A completed administration application (including personal statements)
  • Resume with three letters of reference (including one pastoral)
  • Faith Journey
  • Commitment to Diversity
  • Philosophy of Fund Development

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Fresno is the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the nation's leading agricultural area. But the city — fifth largest in California and largest in the Valley — also enjoys a burgeoning tech scene, music, theater, museums and cultural venues and Triple-A baseball's Fresno Grizzlies, 2015 champions of the Pacific Coast League. Continuing urban renovation promises more benefits, including a hub for California's high-speed rail, bringing the Bay Area and Los Angeles, now just hours away, even closer. Also in easy driving distance are three national parks, including the iconic Yosemite, as well as beautiful beaches and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Always a multicultural center, the region's rich mix of 80 nationalities make this metropolitan community of 930,517 people a true cultural mosaic.

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University description

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.