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California State University, Dominguez Hills is committed to improving the lives of our students and enhancing the economic and social well-being of our community, the state, and the region.

Under the leadership of newly appointed President, Dr. Willie J. Hagan, we are implementing multi-year faculty and staff hiring plans, increasing our investment in best practices to increase student success, enhancing faculty and staff professional development, investing in critical information technology and classroom infrastructure upgrades, strengthening our research and fundraising capacity, expanding learning outcomes assessment, and aggressively pursuing increased external engagement, public private partnerships, gifts and donations, and research and other grants. Our goal is to become a national laboratory and model for student academic success.

A strategic and collaborative Vice President of University Advancement is central to these efforts.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the President and member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President of University Advancement (VPUA) provides executive-level leadership to the university's fundraising and external relations programs. Working collaboratively with key internal and external university constituents, the VPUA is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive and integrated fundraising and external relations strategies yielding maximum benefit to the university and student success.

In support of these efforts, the VPUA fosters and leads a highly productive advancement division. Areas of administrative oversight include annual and planned giving, donor and alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, research and prospect management, major gifts, federal, state, and local government and community relations, communications and marketing, and ceremonies and events.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic University Fundraising

Collaborates with administrative and faculty leaders, the University foundation board, alumni council, associated students, and other internal and external constituencies to identify University fundraising priorities, develops, and implements comprehensive and integrated fundraising strategies yielding maximum benefit to the university. Works in partnership with academic and other University leaders to define and articulate a compelling case for private gifts and actively engages key constituents in targeting and capitalizing on fundraising opportunities. Strategically and intentionally, positions the University president, provost, deans, faculty, and others in cultivation and solicitation of major gifts. Develops and oversees strategic fundraising campaigns and other targeted fundraising and external support initiatives producing measurable results and enhanced visibility for the University, including capital campaigns, student success and scholarship initiatives, and annual fund campaigns. Personally guides, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a select portfolio of principal gift prospects.

Government & Community Relations

Represents the University in community and civic affairs via board and service organization membership and to diverse constituencies, including students, elected and appointed officials, corporate executives, alumni, foundations, individual donors, etc. Oversees and provides direction to individuals responsible for advancing partnerships with local community organizations and coordinating the University’s legislative and advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Actively identifies and recruits corporate and community members to serve on University boards and committees and contribute in other non-monetary ways to the success of the University. Guides and supports University alumni relations initiatives, including working collaboratively with the Alumni Council and others to grow alumni involvement, advocacy, and volunteerism. Directs and promotes University friend-raising efforts, including developing and implementing effective strategies to engage and involve students and others in contributing to the success of the University and enhancing a culture of philanthropy. Oversees and provide direction to individuals responsible for managing and coordinating University ceremonies and events, establishing positive experiences and connections with the University, enhancing community involvement and support, and fostering good will.

Communication and Marketing

Oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication and marketing plan for the University enhancing perceptions and knowledge of the University. Provides leadership and oversight to enhance the University’s name, image, and resources by initiating, establishing, and enhancing compelling and effective University messaging targeting both specific defined constituents and broadly based audiences as appropriate. Guides and oversees integrated and effective use of multiple media and communication mechanisms and platforms.

Division Management and Oversight

Provides effective management and oversight of a highly productive University Advancement Division that significantly enhances relationships with a variety of constituent groups, including individuals, corporations, and charitable organizations, driving and compelling increased external funding and other support. Oversees the recruitment, management, training, and retention of highly qualified professional and support staff and fosters a rewarding work environment that contributes to the success of the University. Oversees and manages the University Advancement Division budget, ensuring effective and appropriate use of resources in alignment with University objectives and priorities. Coordinates effective University fundraising systems and procedures, preventing duplicate solicitations, ensuring effective stewardship of successful fundraising efforts, and enhancing effectiveness and efficiency. Develops and implements advancement policies and procedures in compliance with Chancellor’s Office and other requirements and oversees and submits institutional fundraising and other reports to the Chancellor’s Office and other entities as necessary. Participates on University committees, boards, and task forces, including the President’s Cabinet, Academic Senate, and the University Budget Committee.

Required Skills & Experience

The idea candidate must possess the following characteristics:

  • Seven years of progressively responsible institutional advancement experience, including a minimum of four years overseeing a comprehensive university advancement program that included development and fundraising, government and community relations, and communications and marketing.
  • Ability to communicate excitement about the University’s mission, strengths, and priorities; passion for seeking philanthropic support to advance the University; and the ability to engage, connect with, and inspire individuals to contribute financially and/or positively advocate for the University.
  • Experience fostering partnerships between a university, K-16, and the region it serves.
  • Understanding of current issues and future directions in higher education.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in establishing and implementing strategic fundraising priorities meeting or exceeding measurable fundraising goals sustained over a multi-year period.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, designing, and implementing successful major fundraising campaigns.
  • Successful experience recruiting, developing, and retaining high caliber staff and building and leading a high performing team.
  • Excellent presentation, speaking and writing skills.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ten years of progressively responsible institutional advancement experience in a public higher education setting.


The University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Conditions of Employment

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Must be able to pass a Live Scan (fingerprinting) background check as a requirement of employment.

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

How to Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter with statement of qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Application materials may be sent via mail to the address below or via email to

Office of the President
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Attention: VPUA Search Committee Chair

CSU Dominguez Hills is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer