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Vice Chancellor for Advancement

University of California San Diego
California, United States
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Nov 18, 2021

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TITLE: Vice Chancellor for Advancement

CLIENT: University of California San Diego

LOCATION: San Diego, California


The University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) seeks a visionary, inclusive and strategic leader to serve as the next Vice Chancellor for Advancement. This is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative, high-performing and aspirational fundraising and alumni engagement professional to build upon the school’s remarkable upward trajectory and philanthropic success by providing bold leadership to build a world-class advancement enterprise to help redefine the future of education, research, patient care and public service.


Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, with one of the best health care systems in the nation – and nearly $1.6 billion in annual research funding – UC San Diego continues to blaze a trail as an academic powerhouse, a hub of innovation and economic impact and a beacon of access and social mobility for students from around the world. Under the leadership of Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego is undergoing a physical, intellectual and cultural transformation, further spurred by the current $2 billion Campaign for UC San Diego. The youngest university in the country to reach such a milestone, and with a year still remaining in the campaign, UC San Diego has secured $2.63 billion to date to augment the student experience, the campus, and the ability of the institution to develop solutions for humanity’s most pressing issues. It is poised to reach the $3 billion mark at campaign close. 


Looking ahead, UC San Diego aspires to sustainably increase its annual fundraising capacity in the coming years. The vice chancellor will enhance the infrastructure and organization of the advancement division to further coalesce and fully mobilize the 270 staff members and lead the integration of and coordination across the various functions of the university advancement division. The vice chancellor will lead efforts to significantly grow the major and principal gift pipeline, expanding the donor base both domestically and internationally. With a broad institutional perspective, and through open and proactive channels of communication across campus, this individual will forge strong partnerships across the university’s various units to leverage philanthropic engagement opportunities, particularly those at the transformational gift levels. The vice chancellor will also play an important external role, working in partnership with industry, community leaders and donors.


Reporting to the chancellor and serving as a member of the cabinet, the vice chancellor will work effectively within an environment of shared governance, developing collaborative and solutions-oriented relationships with leaders, faculty members and colleagues in support of UC San Diego’s academic mission and strategic vision. To that end, the vice chancellor must be able to work with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve shared goals. In accordance with its core values and mission, UC San Diego is especially dedicated to recruiting individuals with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and a demonstrated ability to raise funds to support mission-critical goals that advance access, diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and dedicated team leader adept at maximizing, leveraging, retaining and advocating for a talented staff, while facilitating team success. The successful candidate will be a self–assured, results-oriented development professional with a collegial and accessible leadership style and at least 15 years of advancement leadership experience. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


UC San Diego has retained the services of Rachel Ellenport of Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, to conduct the search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed to the search firm at


The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences — of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

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