Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Fayetteville State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 16, 2020
Nov 14, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Fayetteville State University 
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is seeking to hire its next Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. FSU is a public, comprehensive Historically Black University, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. FSU is the second oldest public university in North Carolina and is the regional university of choice for students from rural, military, and other diverse backgrounds. 

What began in 1867 as a one-building school established by black community leaders to educate black students in Fayetteville, has grown into a campus of 156 acres serving over 6,700 students. Fayetteville State University offers robust and innovative degree programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The university advances knowledge through the integration of teaching, learning, research, and public service. FSU strives to meet the educational, career, and personal aspirations of its students and serves the region through key community partnerships and by developing graduates who can have a positive impact through their profession (e.g., educators, nurses, social workers, business leaders). For more information about the university, please visit:

Since 1972, Fayetteville State University has been one of 17 institutions within the broader University of North Carolina System. This multi-campus university system is dedicated to serving the state of North Carolina and its people through world-class teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. More than 239,000 students are enrolled in the UNC System’s 16 universities across the state and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. 

Fayetteville is a thriving community located in the Sandhills region of southeastern North Carolina and is the seat of Cumberland County. The city is only 65 miles south of the state capital of Raleigh, and major highways provide easy access to North Carolina’s coast to the east and mountains to the west. The downtown area has been revitalized, complete with retail shops, dining establishments, historic sites, museums, local breweries, and even a new Class-A baseball stadium. With Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield, Fayetteville is home to a large and vital military community that adds significantly to the area economy and culture.

The Vice Chancellor for University Advancement is a critical role that reports directly to the Chancellor, serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, serves as Executive Director of the University Foundation, and directs the activities of the Office of University Advancement in carrying out the mission and strategic priorities of the university. 

The Division of University Advancement is comprised of the Office of Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs. The entire division works together collaboratively to provide private funding from external entities to support the needs of the institution including major foundation and corporate grants and gifts and major gifts fundraising from individuals and alumni. Our Alumni Affairs mission is to inform, involve, and engage with our alumni throughout their lifelong relationship with the university. 

Primary duties of the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement include:

  • Provide a concrete vision to develop and accomplish the short-term and long-term goals in concert with the university’s strategic plan;
  • Partner with the Alumni Association to build and maintain strong relationships with students,
  • donors, alumni, and friends of the University; 
  • Provide leadership in areas such as soliciting principal and major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, gift processing and acknowledgements, and prospect research;
  • Maintain a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation leadership donors, involving cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of influential and generous supporters of the university;
  • Lead the efforts in a campaign to increase the university’s endowment; 
  • Serve as the Executive Director of the University Foundation; and 
  • Provide counsel and support to the Chancellor, maximize her efforts in the development of private support, and provide perspective on the impact of university decisions on the philanthropic agenda and relationships with external constituents while contributing broadly as a member of her executive leadership team.

FSU seeks an established and visionary leader in the field of advancement that can help take the university to the next level in terms of external partnerships and fundraising. Dedication to preserving and advancing FSU’s HBCU legacy, mission, and culture is essential. The successful candidate must have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible management experience and demonstrated success in general and/or endowment fundraising. Experience in developing programmatic and financial partnerships with business and foundations in a university setting is preferred. An earned master’s degree from an accredited university is preferred but not required.

Other qualifications include:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Outstanding leadership ability;
  • Strong managerial skills;
  • Successful track record as a fundraiser; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For priority consideration, a candidate’s materials should be received by November 16, 2020. Candidate application materials must consist of a CV/resume and a letter of interest expressing how your skills and experience align with the position requirements. All candidate materials will be confidential. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s knowledge. 

The UNC System HR Office is assisting FSU with this search. Confidential nominations and application materials should be directed via electronic mail to: Inquiries may be directed to Scott Murray, Assistant Vice President for Executive Search and Leadership Programs, via the email address above or via phone at 919-843-5672. 

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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