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Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations

New Mexico State University Foundation
New Mexico, United States
$220,000.00 - $260,000.00
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

Job Details

Position Classification Title: Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary: $220,000-$260,000 annually

Incentive Compensation: 15%


Job Summary:

The New Mexico State University Foundation invites you to apply to join our diverse, dynamic, and welcoming team in Las Cruces, NM. The NMSU Foundation seeks to provide the pinnacle career experience for each member of our team. The Foundation is seeking talented individuals who are passionate about the mission of NMSU and committed to a continual pursuit of excellence. We build strong relationships with alumni, supporters, NMSU partners, and each other, while personifying our core values of integrity, teamwork, stewardship, innovation, and fun.

The New Mexico State University Foundation is seeking a Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations to join our team. The Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations will provide a strategic vision and ensure operational excellence for a comprehensive development and alumni relations program. The Vice President will provide vision and leadership and will oversee the growth and development of a newly recognized alumni relations program. The Vice President will serve as an NMSU Foundation Senior Leadership Team member and will work closely with the team to create and execute strategies to achieve University-wide goals through philanthropy and alumni engagement.

Established in 1959, the New Mexico State University Foundation’s mission is to build a brighter future for NMSU, one relationship at a time. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Foundation is the primary fundraising and alumni relations institution for NMSU. We are charged with raising and managing gifts of all types and coordinating the alumni association. We invest endowed gifts and disburse funding each year for the purposes designated by donors. The Foundation coordinates the efforts of the NMSU Alumni Association, which galvanizes the enthusiasm and loyalty of the NMSU alumni network of over 147,000 graduates to support the mission of NMSU while becoming better connected with each other.

We offer an industry-leading benefits package and a fun and fulfilling work environment. Qualified individuals with a high level of energy who are looking for a work environment that nurtures vision, performance, productivity, superior quality, and unsurpassed integrity are encouraged to apply for this career opportunity.

Preferred Competencies and Qualifications:

The New Mexico State University Foundation seeks a Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations with

  • a commitment to the mission of the New Mexico State University Foundation—to foster long- term relationships with alums, supporters, and the community to secure, manage, steward, and protect a sustainable source of private resources that will enhance the ability of New Mexico State University to fulfill its land grant mission for generations to come;
  • a demonstrated ability to plan and implement a comprehensive development and alumni program based on best practices, particularly in pre-campaign planning and campaign implementation, including experience working in a complex university environment and managing significant change;
  • experience successfully leading a growing development and alumni program;
  • demonstrated experience and success in coaching and mentoring development and alumni professionals;
  • a demonstrated collaborative approach to management that brings out the best in staff and yields pride and ownership;
  • an ability to create a culture where openness, communication, and teamwork are valued;
  • experience working with administrators, deans, faculty, and staff and an understanding of the advancement function (development, operations, alum relations, public relations, and marketing);
  • proven competence in preparing and managing an operating budget, including experience in creating credible philanthropic and financial forecasting models in partnership with leadership; and;
  • an ability to set and achieve fundraising goals aggressively but
  • Higher Education experience required.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position, as is at least eight years of experience as a leader in development, campaign management, and operations.

For more information, interested candidates should email Samantha Harris, Recruiting Consultant at to review the full prospectus.



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