Wilberforce, OH

Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development, Central State University

The Organization

About Central State University:
Central State University is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University located in Wilberforce, OH, with a 130-year tradition of academic excellence. The University prepares students with diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service and fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment by providing a strong liberal arts foundation leading to professional careers and advanced studies.

In 2016, Central State University was ranked among the top universities in the country, according to national polls College Choice, Affordable Schools.net and GoodCall 2016 Best Schools.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Central State fifth in the nation for providing the most affordable out-of-state tuition resulting from the University’s reduction in surcharge for out-of-state incoming and continuing students by more than 70 percent.

Central State University offers 33 degree programs across four Colleges: Education (COE), Science and Engineering (CSE), Business (COB), and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHAS). In 2016, the School of Agricultural Education and Food Science, the Department of Agricultural Sciences, and a degree program in Sustainable Agriculture were added to CSU’s dynamic academic composition, boasting the only undergraduate Water Resources Management degree program in the region. For more comprehensive information about Central State University, please visit www.centralstate.edu.

Central State University seeks candidates who are committed to working in a diverse enriched environment. Diverse candidates including Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Position Overview

Central State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development (VPIAD). The University seeks a highly skilled, creative, visionary and energetic professional who can develop and implement a comprehensive program that supports the strategic priorities of Central State University.

The successful candidate will serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the University for planning, organizing and implementing all fundraising activities related to annual giving, major gifts, planned/deferred giving, capital campaigns, alumni relations, and corporate and foundation relations. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the President’s executive administration/Cabinet and work with the president, other administrators, the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, faculty and staff, alumni and a host of communities, all committed to building a sustaining legacy of academic excellence.

Key Activities Include:
• Expanding the University’s donor base by assuring the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of philanthropic support;
• Building sustainable and enduring relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals including alumni and associate members;
• Maintaining current donor databases both nationally and internationally;
• Developing fundraising strategies and activities to ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of donors;
• Creating a renewed culture of giving among CSU faculty and staff;
• Working closely with the National Alumni Relations leadership in development of comprehensive fund-raising activities;
• Providing supervisory responsibility and support of Institutional Advancement staff; Public Relations and Alumni Relations.


• A minimum of 10 years of progressive development experience that includes a successful history as a major and principal gift fundraiser;
• Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university;
• A strong work ethic, personal integrity, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking and planning skills are required;
• Demonstrated strong organizational, supervisory and leadership capabilities are essential;
• Ability to thrive in an environment that requires strategic thought and tactical execution;
• Direct planning, management, and leadership of a capital campaign is preferred;
• Applicable knowledge and skills in use of technological programs for record keeping;
• Ability to supervise, direct and evaluate staff;
• Experience in higher education is preferred.


Master’s or advanced degree.

How To Apply

Applications should consist of a letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications and expectations outlined in the position description; a curriculum vitae, and a list of four professional references with full contact information. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority review will be given to applications received by February 24, 2017.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Gayle Berry, Director of Human Resources, at gberry@centralstate.edu or Kimberley Dillard, Employment Manager, at kdillard@centralstate.edu. Application packets are submitted electronically at https://careers.centralstate.edu/.

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