Vice President for
University Advancement and
Executive Director of
the FVSU Foundation
Named as one of the Best Historically Black Colleges and
Universities for 2021 by College Consensus, Fort
Valley State University seeks a strategic and
results-oriented fundraising professional to serve as the
next Vice President for University Advancement and
Executive Director of the Fort Valley State University
Foundation. A member of the senior staff of the
University, the Vice President serves as a key advisor to the
President, the university academic and administrative leaders, and
the Foundation board on resource development to support the
programs and goals of the University. While the start date is
negotiable, the finalist is expected to join the University between
December 2022 and January 2023.
complete information, see the Search Profile at
About the University
Located in Central Georgia, Fort Valley State
University is a comprehensive institution
offering 37 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. One of the
University System of Georgia’s three public historically black
universities, FVSU is the state’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution.
Dr. Paul A. Jones has served as President since 2015.
Founded in 1895, FVSU combines the
personal attention and family feel of a small, private college with
the level of research funding found at large public universities.
The University’s 1,365-acre main campus in Fort Valley has the
second largest acreage of any Georgia university.
FVSU advances its mission and
educational goals through three academic colleges: Agriculture,
Family Sciences, and Technology; Arts and Sciences; and Education
and Professional Studies. In fall 2020, the University enrolled
2,827 undergraduate and graduate students.
The diverse faculty provide a
supportive, yet challenging learning environment that encourages
innovation and inspires lifelong learning and the realization of
aspirations. Students benefit from strong mentoring by accessible
professors. The close-knit campus community encourages personal and
academic growth and establishes lifelong ties that extend well
Ninety percent of the student body is
from Georgia, and nearly 65 percent of the students are female.
More than 84 percent of the students attend the University
FVSU has been recognized four
consecutive years as the top public historically black college in
Georgia. This #1 ranking includes U.S. News & World
Report, 2019 and 2020 Best Colleges rankings, and
the Washington Monthly, 2019. In
2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education listed
FVSU as a top 10 producer of African Americans with bachelor’s
degrees in mathematics, engineering technology, family and consumer
sciences, computer and information systems, psychology, and history
in the state of Georgia.
The National Science Foundation
provides more funding for science, technology, engineering, and
math research at FVSU than at any other public teaching college in
Georgia, putting it in the top 10 for NSF-funded STEM research
among all colleges in the state.
Established in 1972, the Fort Valley State University
Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that raises and
manages private contributions from alumni, friends, industries, and
foundations to meet the needs of the institution that are not
funded through state allocations. The Foundation invests gifts,
acts as a trustee, and exercises the powers of a not-for-profit
organization under the laws of Georgia.
The Foundation also administers gifts
and bequests of property and funds for scientific, educational, and
charitable purposes. Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc.
is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt
The Vice President for University Advancement has a major role
in positioning the institution for growth through a highly
effective fundraising program. This senior administrator is
responsible for developing, implementing, and managing
comprehensive programs in alumni relations, foundation cultivation,
and university advancement.
Reporting to the University President,
the Vice President works with all of the University’s
constituencies and serves the Foundation Board. The Vice President
ensures a coordinated approach to development that supports FVSU’s
top strategic priorities.
This senior officer will set ambitious,
clear, and achievable goals and will inspire the staff to meet and
exceed expectations. Active in the University and surrounding
community, the Vice President will participate in the
identification, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts.
- Establishes partnerships and relationships with corporations,
businesses, government officials, foundation board members,
individuals within the communities served by the university, and
other internal and external stakeholders.
- Develops and proposes strategies for the solicitation of gifts;
determines ongoing relationships with prospects/donors; recommends
specific purpose and level of gift; identifies those to be involved
in cultivation and solicitation; assures the solicitations are
- Qualifies and cultivates prospective donors.
- Manages the work of assigned staff.
- Develops and implements programs for staff professional
development, process documentation and improvement, and progress
- Keeps current on programs and faculty/research/student
initiatives at the University, and networks with senior development
officials from other institutions.
- Coordinates an effective program for recognition, involvement,
and stewardship of major and special gift donors.
- Provides strategic direction and leadership for the
University’s fundraising, alumni programming, and government and
constituent relations functions.
- Ensures compliance with the University System of Georgia Board
of Regents policies and procedures, Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools requirements, and university- and
program-level policies and practices.
- Develops and recommends annual budget requests to support
advancement goals and objectives; allocates and monitors
- Advises the President and Cabinet on institutional advancement
- Participates in the development and implementation of strategic
- Represents the University at community events.
- Trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates, and
disciplines the work of assigned staff.
- Performs related duties.
Along with a master’s degree in a course of study related to the
work, a candidate must have five years of related experience and a
proven record of fundraising success in major, planned, corporate,
and legacy gifts. Additional requirements include leadership
experience during an active campaign and the willingness to travel
extensively to effectuate the goals and objectives of the
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Candidates will be knowledgeable of:
- Institutional advancement principles and
- SACS accreditation standards and
requirements, IRS laws, and CASE gift reporting standards
- Philanthropy and fundraising practices
- Marketing, public relations, and branding
- Supervisory principles and practices
- Public employer policies and procedures
- Strategic planning and budget management
Candidates will be skilled in:
- The delegation of responsibility and
- Collaboration with multiple
- The operation of computers and job-related
- Decision making and problem solving
- Interpersonal relations and in dealing with
the public and elected officials
- Oral and written communication
Metropolitan Central Georgia
Fort Valley State University is in the Central Georgia
metropolitan area, which encompasses the state’s fourth largest
city, Macon, as well as several growing cities and progressive
small towns. Other features of the area include Robins Air Force
Base, one of the state’s largest employers; the #11 rated public
school in Georgia, the Academy of Classical Education, and the
nationally recognized Houston County School System; and outstanding
healthcare along with the second largest hospital in Georgia.
Beyond the Metro Central Georgia area, Atlanta, one
of the nation’s largest cities, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport are easily accessible by I-75. If looking for
time at the beach or enjoying the cool mountain air, the Georgia
coastline or Blue Ridge Mountains are only a three-hour drive
Application and Nomination Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
- Application packet must include: a) A letter of interest that
addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position,
b) Current résumé, and c) At least four references with full
contact information including e-mails (References will not be
contacted without consent from applicant.)
- Submit application packet to FVSU-VPAdv22@myersmcrae.comby
October 17, 2022, for best consideration. Applications
will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional
information will be requested upon receipt of application.
Nominations should include contact information on the individual
Submit nominations to FVSU-VPAdv22firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President
of Myers McRae Executive Search and
Consulting, is the lead consultant for this search at Fort
Valley State University. To schedule a conversation, contact
Jennifer Barfield at JenniferBarfield@myersmcrae.com.
Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity institution and does not discriminate against
applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, gender,
ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age,
disability, or marital or veteran status.