Vice President for University Advancement and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tower Founda...

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Job Title: Vice President for University Advancement and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tower Foundation (APPLY VIA SEARCH FIRM)
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 25097
Job Code: 3300 Administrator IV
Department: University Advancement VP
CompensationClassification: Administrator IV
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience.

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please visit
About the PositionThe Vice President for University Advancement and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tower Foundation provides executive level leadership and strategic vision for the division of University Advancement which currently includes the offices of Development; Advancement and Campaign Operations; Alumni and Community Engagement; Athletics Advancement; Administrative Services, and the Tower Foundation. In conjunction with the President, the Vice President acts as a representative and ambassador to San José State's constituents to promote positive relationships, build strong partnerships, and garner public and private support for the university. As a member of the President's Cabinet and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tower Foundation, the Vice President plans and implements initiatives in support of the university¿s academic and student-centered mission using the personnel and resources allocated to the division. The Vice President sets goals, monitors work and evaluates results to ensure that division objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization. Reporting directly to the Vice President are the Associate Vice Presidents for Development; Advancement and Campaign Operations; Alumni and Community Engagement; Athletics Advancement; Administrative Services and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Tower Foundation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Serves as chief advancement officer and operates the Division of University Advancement as a team, demonstrating an open, participatory, team-oriented management style utilizing best practices from the industry to move the division forward
- Serves as chief executive officer of the Tower Foundation Board, the university¿s philanthropic auxiliary with an external board of volunteers and endowment assets of over $150M
- Manages budgets and financial resources of the division
- Establishes and articulates goals for the division and assesses progress towards goals in an open, transparent, collegial manner, including appraising both strengths and areas for growth
- Leads the planning and successful execution of the next campaign
- Remains knowledgeable about and supportive of promoting industry best practices
- Instills and nurtures a culture of philanthropy within the university community
- Maintains a portfolio of principal gift prospects
- Contributes to brand/ image strategies and supports efforts to develop and implement a university-wide strategy to position SJSU within the external community
- Carries out responsibilities in accordance with university policies, CSU policies and applicable laws

This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.
Required Qualifications- A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution
- A minimum of 8 or more years in a successful management or leadership role in public higher education advancement or equivalent experience
Preferred Qualifications- Graduate Degree from an accredited institution
- Experience working effectively within academic shared governance and collective bargaining environments
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities- An understanding and promotion of the core academic mission of the University and enable cooperation between Advancement and all the divisions and groups of people
- A proven track record and understanding of fundraising programs, including individual, corporate and foundation relations, deferred giving, grant development and annual programs, and a thorough understanding of gift management and stewardship
- A thorough understanding of governmental relations and political strategies
- Demonstrated personal success in major donor cultivation and solicitation
- Experience with planning and executing comprehensive campaigns
- Demonstrated success in working with boards and foundations comprised of prominent corporate and community volunteers and alumni
- Knowledge of and commitment to the use of information technology to support advancement programs
- Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with donors, volunteers, and staff members from diverse backgrounds
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external audiences
- Commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence
- Ability to position the President to maximize his potential as a fundraiser for the university
- Willingness and ability to travel; evening and weekend work is required
- Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, staff) from diverse backgrounds
- Maintain dignity and self-control in difficult situations
Application ProceduresCandidates should provide a resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at [email protected]

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 1, 2019.
Additional InformationSatisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Equal Employment StatementSan José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
Contact InformationZachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at [email protected]
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Posted: 8/13/2019
Application Due: 10/12/2019
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