Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Houston, Texas
Nov 08, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) is responsible for ensuring that all initiatives, campaigns including annual and capital campaigns, and other programs support the University’s strategic current funding objects and long–term growth.  The VPIA is responsible for the effective management of the Institutional Advancement Department staff ensuring that all department goals and objectives are met and all administrative and operating requirements are executed in accordance with established policies and any regulatory requirements. 

The VPIA will work closely with the president, Board of Directors, senior staff, senior volunteer leadership, alumni and others on key advancement activities including fundraising, reputation development, community relations, and brand awareness.  The VPIA, as a key member of the executive management team, will report to the President. 



  • As Chief Development Officer, the VPIA works closely with the President, Board Chair, Board Members, academic leadership, and senior staff to set fundraising strategies consistent with the University’s mission, values, and academic goals.
  • Ensures that the fundraising goals approved by the President and Board of Directors are met.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, the academic deans, faculty and staff, external contacts and volunteers that serve to raise the awareness and reputation of the university and the financial support needed to meet capital and operating funding requirements and help build revenue streams.
  • Develops and implements strategies designed to secure increased participation and support for the university.
  • Provides leadership and direction of the research, cultivation/solicitation, and stewardship process.
  • Works closely with volunteer leadership on the Campaign Cabinet Committee to develop long- and short-term goals and strategies to ensure successful annual campaigns.
  • Maintains the constituent management system ensuring that goal setting, stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by detailed thorough records of solicitation efforts.
  • Directs the preparation of timely, accurate, relevant, clear and compelling proposals, presentations, and other materials as needed for the solicitation process.
  • Directs the planning and organizing of special events and functions in support of academic and resource development initiatives.
  • Plans and develops, in coordination with other key university academic and non-academic staff, private and foundation grant development activities.
  • Maintains a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporations and individuals, creating comprehensive plans and activities related to them in the form of fundraising proposals.
  • As Chief Development Officer, the VPIA carries a portfolio of high-level prospective donors and solicits/secures funding to help meet fundraising performance targets and effectively engage deans, faculty, staff and board members.
  • Routinely attends special events and actively promotes program activities.
  • Identifies opportunities and effectively execute strategies for enhancing relationships with the philanthropic community and potential partners.
  • Develops strategies and programs designed to identify and cultivate individuals capable of making major gifts.
  • Works in partnership with academic and marketing and program staff to expand sponsorship opportunities.
  • Acts as goodwill ambassador for the organization to all its customer and stakeholder groups and acts a spokesperson when required including preparing and delivering speeches and presentations to organizations, business groups and boards.




  • Provides leadership and support to the Board Chair and Board of Directors in managing their solicitation activities working to maximize their efforts and results in support of the university’s academic and development strategies and goals.
  • Develops and implements Board member events and oversee ongoing cultivation and education programs for Board members and high-level volunteers.
  • Works closely with the Alumni Director and Alumni Board to expand the active engagement and participation of alumni to meet established goals.


  • Lead, develop, manage, and cultivate the development and event staff and fundraising volunteers.
  • Ensure the timely submission of proposals, budgets, updates, and ongoing and year-end reports to various funders.
  • Directly supervise the administrative work of staff to ensure development records are properly and accurately maintained, donor and prospect files are maintained, and that the various databases are accurate and maintained.
  • Review and approve all proposals, sponsorship materials, and department publications.
  • Serves as an example and mentor for the staff, and provides direction to the prospective donor management system to support a culture of philanthropy.



  • A Bachelor’s degree required with an emphasis on communications, marketing, public relations, or business administration preferred.  A Master’s degree would be preferred.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising with increasing management and leadership responsibilities including managing a development/advancement department.
  • Experience must include cultivating major gifts from a diverse set of potential donors.
  • Experience must include 7 years of working on and directing major fundraising events and capital campaigns.
  • Work experience within an institution of higher education required.  A Catholic institution would be preferred.
  • Work history must include ongoing interaction with a Board of Directors and other high level individuals.
  • Work history must include responsibilities that required the leadership skills to manage, lead and motivate a highly active, growing fundraising staff within an environment of high expectations and standards.
  • Direct work experience must include extensive activities working and leading volunteers.
  • Individual must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, effective speaking and presentation skills, and proficient writing skills.
  • Individual must demonstrate a strong personal work ethic and be self-motivated and results-oriented, with strong leadership abilities/management proficiency and accomplishments 
  • Individual will demonstrate integrity of the highest order, self-confidence balanced with humility, a caring attitude and a genuine interest in others.
  • Individual will be able to think creatively and strategically to successfully mediate and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Demonstrate the skill set to effectively deal with ambiguity and to overcome obstacles to cooperation and foster harmonious relations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage concurrent projects and initiatives balancing competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines.
  • Work history that required effective negotiating and mediation skills.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by individuals in this job classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required of individuals in this job classification.  All job classifications may have miscellaneous job duties assigned on an as needed basis.  Management, at the appropriate level, retains the right to assign and change the duties of any position at any time.  

To ensure full consideration, candidate materials should include a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume.  All communications may be sent via email to  [email protected] with reference to VPIA.

The University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.