Western Connecticut State
Western Connecticut State University is pleased to announce
applications are being accepted for the position of Vice President
of Institutional Advancement.
WCSU is committed to enhancing our diverse university community
by actively encouraging people with disabilities, members of
LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities, veterans, and women to apply.
We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek
excellence through diversity and inclusion.
Western Connecticut State University is located in Danbury,
Connecticut, a city in Fairfield County approximately 50 miles
north of New York City. The University is located on two
campuses and serves over 4,000 undergraduate and over 600 graduate
students. WCSU is one of four state universities, 12
community colleges and Charter Oak State College that comprise the
Connecticut State Colleges and University system https://www.ct.edu/. Additional
information on the University
may be found at: www.wcsu.edu. Information on
WCSU’s Institutional Advancement division may be found at: www.wcsu.edu/giving/institutional-advancement/
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement serves as a
member of the University’s Executive Team charged with providing
leadership, vision, oversight, planning and management of all
aspects of development and creation of strategic partnerships to
advance the University’s mission, including community, corporate,
and alumni relations. The Vice President oversees and directs the
operations of assigned units such as the University’s Foundation,
Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement as well as community and
corporate partnerships, and is primarily responsible for
fundraising and the diversification of revenue sources for the
University’s long-term growth and success. This position
develops and manages annual budgets and staffing levels with
responsibility for staff planning, hiring, and evaluation.
The Vice President reports to the University President and will
supervise multiple units of professional and para-professional
- Establishes, plans and manages all aspects of the University’s
Institutional Advancement strategic goals and objectives as well as
the creation of strategic partnerships including community,
corporate and alumni relations.
- Directs, manages and provides executive leadership, vision and
oversight of the University’s multi-function, complex
organizational development, fundraising, relationship building and
strategic partnership development activities.
- Develops long-term strategic plans with measurable objectives
and implementation timeframes that will better align current goals
and strengthen the focus and productivity of current resources,
diversifying and identifying potential new revenue sources.
- Strategically develops and implements fundraising initiatives
including the identification of new donors as well as the
solicitation of private, community and corporate gifts in
collaboration with the University’s Foundation.
- Directs the University’s Alumni Affairs by fostering and
strengthening relationships and maximizing alumni giving
- Represents the University by conducting community and corporate
outreach, establishing entrepreneurial, academic and corporate
- Oversees compliance and ensures regulatory, Board of Regents
and University standards and requirements are met including audits,
record keeping, accounting and internal controls.
- Develops and manages annual budgets and staffing levels with
responsibility for staff planning, hiring and evaluation.
Incumbents are expected to work in an office setting as well as
conduct University business both on and off campus during both
normal and evening hours including weekends. The work
involves extensive use of personal computers, but does not,
normally, involve any significant physical effort. Reasonable
accommodation will be made for incumbents and candidates with
physical limitations. Must be able to drive and be willing to
- Minimum of 10 years of fundraising, alumni affairs and
institutional advancement success, as well as 10 years of
professional managerial experience is required. Higher education
experience is preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or a
related area is required, Master’s degree in business, public
administration or a related area is preferred.
- Must possess a personal proven track record of successful,
large scale leadership and major gifts fundraising and have held
progressive leadership positions while building productive internal
and external strategic partnerships and private foundation
- Demonstrated personal experience in the planning, management,
leadership, and successful completion of a multi-million-dollar
capital campaign is strongly preferred. Familiarity with the
charitable giving environment in Connecticut is desired.
- Professional managerial experience includes the demonstrated
ability to manage a multi-function organization in fundraising,
relationship building, and partnership development; to manage
funds, property and other assets with integrity and accountability;
to manage and embrace change in a dynamic environment as well as to
be a collaborative team member, effectively managing managerial,
professional and support staff and applying sound principles of
human resources management.
- Demonstrated experience in leading, building and managing a
volunteer Foundation Board of Directors is preferred.
- Must possess considerable knowledge of:
- development, fundraising, and strategic partnerships, as well
as community, corporate and alumni relations principles and best
- financial, property and other asset procurement and
- ability to interpret relevant state and federal laws, statutes,
- policies and procedures of the Connecticut State Colleges and
- management principles and techniques;
- commitment to shared governance and collective bargaining;
- diversity and inclusion principles and practices.
- Must possess exceptional organizational and interpersonal
skills, including both oral and written communication skills as
well as the ability to work productively in Microsoft Office Suite,
including Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams.
Salary & Benefits: Salary range is $162,893
- $244,339 and is commensurate upon candidate’s experience.
WCSU offers a comprehensive benefits package. Additional
information on benefits can be found at www.wcsu.edu/hr/benefits/.
Must be eligible to work in the U.S. as sponsorship for a work visa
will not be provided for this position.
Application Process: Prospective candidates
must submit a cover letter describing their interest and
qualifications for the position, the names and contact information
for three (3) professional references and a resume. Email your
application materials (PDF or Word format) to Ms. Peggy Boyle,
University HR Administrator – Recruitment & Labor Relations. In
subject line of email reference: Your Last Name – Vice President
for Institutional Advancement. Application materials must be
emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org and must be
received no later than Friday, January 28,
2022. Previous applicants need not reapply. Late
applications will not be accepted.
Prior to extending an offer of employment, the finalists for
state employment must prove that they (1) are fully vaccinated
against COVID-19; (2) have received the first dose and has either
received a second dose or has an appointment for the second dose in
a two-dose series vaccination, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
or has received a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson &
Johnson’s Janssen vaccine; or (3) have applied for an exemption
from this requirement because a physician, physician’s assistant,
or advanced practice registered nurse has determined that the
administration of COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be detrimental to
their health, or the finalist objects to vaccination on the basis
of a sincerely held religious or spiritual belief. Each application
for an exemption will be considered on an individualized,
case-by-case basis, and any applicant for an exemption must provide
appropriate supporting documentation if requested.
State and Federal requirements expect that organizations with
100 or more employees invite applicants to self-identify gender and
race. We kindly request all applicants to complete the Affirmative
Action Data Questionnaire via the following link. http://wcsu.edu/diversity/affirmative-action-data-questionnaire/.
Any questions may be directed to Ms. Keisha Stokes in the WCSU
Office of Diversity and Equity at email@example.com. Completion of
this data will not affect your opportunity for employment, or terms
or conditions of employment. This form will be used for reporting
purposes only and will be kept separate from all search records and
only accessed by the Office of Diversity and Equity.
Western is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity