Vice President for University Advancement

Texas State University
San Marcos

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Vice President for University Advancement

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Vice President, University Advancement


San Marcos


VP for University Advancement

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In its next vice president for university advancement, Texas State University seeks a visionary, collaborative and strategic leader who models inclusion, integrity and transparency and builds authentic relationships. The successful candidate should have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • A demonstrated ability to plan, execute and successfully complete a significant campaign that elevates the fundraising efforts and stature of a higher education institution.
  • A record of success prospecting, soliciting and closing gifts of seven figures or more.
  • A passion for the mission and aspirations of Texas State, the ability to successfully articulate that mission and generate excitement about the university among diverse constituents, and the desire to play a meaningful role in the life of the university.
  • The professional credibility and accomplishment required to effectively engage and leverage the president, university leadership, academic deans, faculty, volunteer leaders, alumni and other constituents in the cultivation and solicitation of key prospects.
  • Success managing a significant development operation and an understanding of well-coordinated alumni relations, annual giving and development programs.
  • A record of recruiting and retaining exceptional talent, building high-performing and collaborative teams and supporting the professional development of staff.
  • An appreciation for the role that athletics plays in the overall student experience, enhancing an institution’s visibility, and engaging donors, alumni and the community, and experience in fundraising for athletic programs.
  • A strong understanding of student needs and the role University Advancement plays in supporting student access and success, and experience attracting resources to ensure student access and support.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to the importance of creating an environment that is inclusive, equitable and allows individuals from all backgrounds with diverse perspectives to be engaged and successful.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to translate the university’s impact through teaching and research into compelling cases for investment through philanthropic contributions and corporate partnerships.
  • A very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources, including the ability to plan, monitor and manage a budget.
  • Experience with and knowledge of nonprofit 501©(3) foundations supporting colleges and universities, including laws and regulations governing these organizations.
  • Knowledge of the utilization of sophisticated information systems and research tools in support of alumni and development activities.
  • The ability to travel frequently.

Job Description:

Texas State University seeks a visionary, strategic, and results-oriented leader to serve as its vice president for university advancement (VPUA). The VPUA will report to the university’s new president – Dr. Kelly Damphousse – and serve as a trusted advisor and member of the president’s cabinet. The VPUA has oversight responsibility for all staff and activities involved in fundraising to support the programs of the university, including annual, planned, corporate, foundation and capital giving as well as all activities designed to engage alumni. The VPUA also serves as the executive director of the Texas State University Development Foundation.

The next vice president for university advancement will join Texas State at a critical time in its history. The university is entering the latter stages of its $250 million NEXT IS NOW campaign and has raised $200 million as of May 2022. The VPUA will play a key role in helping to complete the campaign, while also shaping the university’s future fundraising strategy. Opportunities exist to further engage the university’s 217,000 alumni – many of whom have graduated over the last three decades – and to continue to build relationships with non-alumni donors, corporations, and foundations. The VPUA will oversee a team of more than 50 staff.

Texas State encompasses multiple campuses and locations across central Texas, employs more than 7,000 faculty, staff, and students, and offers its nearly 38,000 students 98 bachelor’s, 91 master’s and specialists, and 14 doctoral degree programs through the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College, and The Graduate College. The university also has an Honors College. The university’s students are diverse, closely reflecting the demographics of the State of Texas. Texas State is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a Hispanic Serving Institution and has the 12th largest Hispanic enrollment among public universities in the U.S. Texas State has long served a significant number of first-generation and Pell-eligible students, and University Advancement is central in attracting resources that support student access and success.

Texas State continues to grow in national prominence, and the vice president will be expected to shape and execute strategies that further elevate its reputation. In research, the university is currently Carnegie classified as a Doctoral University: High Research Activity and is laser-focused on raising its national research profile and becoming an R1 university. Given its location in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor between San Antonio and Austin and its burgeoning research and development park, Texas State is well-positioned for developing strong, robust partnerships that will elevate the research enterprise to even greater heights and spur entrepreneurial activity in the region. The university also receives national recognition through The Wittliff Collections (which is dedicated to the Southwest’s literary, photographic, and musical arts), competition in NCAA Division I Athletics, and many other distinctive and impactful programs.

Job Duties:

The University Advancement portfolio also includes all activities designed to engage alumni, corporations, foundations and non-alumni donors in support of Texas State and in the building, cultivating and nurturing of those relationships essential for fundraising success. The VPUA and the advancement team will also be responsible for partnering with university leadership, academic deans, heads of research centers, faculty, Texas State Athletics and others in developing compelling fundraising projects and fulfilling the university’s mission. The VPUA is also expected to:

  • Work closely with the new Texas State president in maintaining a portfolio of leadership gift prospects, optimizing use of the president’s available time to fundraise and solicit gifts from new and existing donors.
  • Assess and identify the needs of University Advancement to grow fundraising at Texas State, execute a strategic advancement plan to complete the current NEXT IS NOW campaign and develop a long-term plan to increase fundraising.
  • Build close working relationships with university leadership, academic deans and heads of research centers to understand their needs, leverage their strengths and provide support and guidance to increase philanthropic contributions and develop new corporate partnerships.
  • Support the university’s enrollment goals by leading efforts to make Texas State the affordable option for future students through endowed scholarships, fellowships and internship programs.
  • Work closely with fellow vice presidents, academic deans and others to better understand student needs, identify the resources required for student success and develop a plan for fundraising around students with a focus on securing funding for enrichment programs and support services.
  • Work with the Department of Athletics to cultivate relationships with donors and corporate partners and raise funds to support facility enhancements, athletic teams and student-athlete scholarship.
  • Maintain best practices in advancement and explore creative new solutions, particularly in the areas of performance metrics, principal gift strategy and alumni engagement.
  • Assess the University Advancement organizational structure and operating plan to create an environment that promotes maximum efficiency and efficacy, enhances creativity, ensures the seamless execution of programs and builds a culture in which all staff feel a sense of ownership in the success of the team and the university.
  • Exhibit a leadership style that is collaborative and empowers staff through active communication and delegation, thereby providing opportunity for professional development and growth.
  • Serve as the primary advocate for University Advancement in the larger university community and help staff navigate organizational challenges when they arise.
  • Contribute to a comprehensive communications strategy for Texas State from a donor and alumni engagement perspective, providing vehicles for more effective external and internal communications.
  • Understand the research, development and curricular activities within the academic colleges and research centers and communicate them in such a way that is understandable to outside entities, thereby leading to additional funding, internship and job opportunities.
  • Travel throughout Texas, the United States and internationally to represent Texas State and cultivate meaningful relationships with donors, alumni, corporations and foundations.
  • Ensure that Texas State alumni are engaged, informed and involved in the activities of the university through relevant and effective programs that facilitate their connection to one another and the university.
  • Champion a culture of diversity and inclusiveness that more fully engages the university’s various constituencies externally and internally at an increasingly deep and meaningful level.

Additional Information to Applicants:

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Texas State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 9, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Ryan Crawford, Greg Duyck, and Jevon Walton at [email protected].

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Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.

Why work @ Texas State? :

• Amazing health insurance: various coverage options starting your first day of employment for full-time employees with Texas State paying 100% of the employee premium and 50% for your dependents!
• Generous paid time off: vacation, holidays, sick days and many more!
• Excellent work life balance resources: mother and family-friendly resources in addition to a comprehensive FREE wellness program
• Great training and development opportunities: choose from a variety of classroom and online course offerings, learning resources, certifications, and employee educational support programs.
• An inclusive Bobcat community: join our many social networks offered on and off-campus
• Retirement peace of mind: TRS pension, retirement plans and voluntary saving options with generous employer contributions

By joining the Texas State Bobcat team, you’ll be a part of one of the most beautiful, diverse, and growing universities in the nation.

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Texas State University seeks candidates whose professional background includes embracing a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a commitment to community-building.  As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, we are especially interested in applicants who share a commitment to equity, and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systematically marginalized communities. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Texas State University

Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor.  A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Students at Texas State choose from 98 undergraduate, 91 master’s and specialists, and 14 doctoral programs offered by 10 colleges (Applied Arts, The Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Honors, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, The Graduate College, and the University College).  With a diverse campus community including 50% of the student body from ethnic minorities, Texas State is one of the top 13 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation.  In fall 2019, there were 1,470 full-time faculty and 2,286 full-time staff.  Research and creative activities have led to growing success in attracting external support.  For FY 2019, Texas State had an annual operating budget of over $724 million. Texas State’s Research and Development expenditures for FY 2018 were more than $64 million.  The Alkek Library has more than 3.1 million titles in its collection.  Additional information about Texas State and its nationally recognized academic programs is available at


Texas State University is a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, including creative expression, and service. The university strives to create new knowledge, to embrace a diversity of people and ideas, to foster cultural and economic development, and to prepare its graduates to participate fully and freely as citizens of Texas, the nation and the world.


Texas State's San Marcos campus is located in a growing community of 63,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River and the stately cypress and oak trees on the campus add to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting. Our location on the banks of the San Marcos River provides recreational activities for students throughout the year.

The Texas State Round Rock Campus is located north of Austin in Round Rock, TX. The Round Rock Campus offers the junior and senior level classes to complete a bachelor’s degree, graduate degrees, post baccalaureate certification, and continuing education programs. The university's vision for Round Rock is to continue to offer quality academic programs that meet the workforce needs of Texas, especially focusing on academic programs that appeal to working adults, and to serve as a hub of health professions research and education.

Some positions may require teaching on the main campus and at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus.

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Texas State University is a member of The Texas State University System. 

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

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