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Vice President for Institutional and Legacy Giving

Southern University Foundation
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Southern University System Foundation
Vice President for Institutional and Legacy Giving

Southern University System Foundation invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Institutional and Legacy Giving. As a member of the Foundation Leadership Team, the Vice President will lead SU's strategy and outreach to secure philanthropic funding from a diverse base of institutions including foundations, corporations, government, hospitals, and other community entities seeking to create social impact in the Louisiana communities Southern University serves.

Reporting to the Foundation CEO and coordinating with the VP of Advancement Operations and CFO this position will be charged with centralizing identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of institutional funding partners and individual donors across all colleges, units, Law School and K-12 Lab School. This VP will forge strong relationships with the deans and directors of development in the colleges, schools and units, collaborate with partner organizations on joint fundraising and with university external affairs. College and school directors of development will have a strong dotted line relationship to this VP, who will share in their performance evaluation, while maintaining reporting relationships to their respective dean.

This role will supervise the Director of Corporate Relations, Director of Development and Director of Alumni Affairs. The VP will lead strategy and coordinate opportunities and relationships across the University for institutional giving, collaborate with front-line fundraisers in the development of philanthropic and sponsorship proposals and relationship management. The VP, Institutional and Legacy Giving will also manage the Planned Giving program in close collaboration with the Foundation CEO and General Counsel.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree required; with a Master's degree preferred.
• Previous relevant experience (minimum of 7 years) in nonprofit fundraising.
• A demonstrated record of success in managing institutional and individual donor portfolios and achieving fundraising goals.
• A progressive record of successful higher education or non-profit fundraising leadership.
• A proven track record of closing major and principle gifts.
• Proficiency in planned giving strategies and implementation.
• A successful record of engaging key stakeholders—such as alumni, foundations, employees, community partners, and external leaders—in fundraising efforts.
• A record of tangible contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion that speak to the needs of a diverse alumni, staff, and student body.
• Demonstrated understanding of the mission of an institution of higher education.
• Previous experience working with and advising senior leadership is required.
• Strong writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.

Complete details regarding this opportunity including application instructions can be found by viewing the position profile on the Academic Search website.

Application and Nomination Process
Southern University System Foundation has enlisted the support of Academic Search in this search. Those who are considering applying are encouraged to schedule a confidential conversation with the senior consultant for this search, Ms. Kate Nolde, at

Applications should consist of the following documents, to be submitted electronically in .pdf format:
• Detailed letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile.
• Full resume with relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments.
• List of five professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate's relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate's permission.

Application materials, nominations, and expressions of interest should be submitted to Nominations should include the nominee's full name, position, institution/organization, and email address.

Although applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, to ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by May 24, 2022. Finalists for the position will participate in campus interviews that will include a public presentation. A background check (including identity, degree verification, and criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position.

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University and A&M College forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration's educational programs and policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.

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