Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Engagement

Washington State University Tri-Cities in Washington

Deadline June 09, 2014
Date Posted April 30, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Washington State University Tri-Cities, in southeast Washington, invites applications and nominations for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Engagement. This leadership position provides an exceptional opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional to further develop a solid advancement program to meet the needs of the expanding Tri-Cities campus. 


The Search Profile

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The Opportunity

The chief fundraising officer for the WSU Tri-Cities campus, the Assistant Vice Chancellor reports to the Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities and serves on the staff of the Washington State University Foundation. This senior officer is responsible for directing, planning, and administering the development, public relations, and other related activities at WSU Tri-Cities.

In collaboration with the Chancellor, the Assistant Vice Chancellor establishes the fundraising goals for the WSU Tri-Cities campus and develops methods to accomplish those goals, as well as plans and conducts programs designed to promote the offices activities and the cultivation of donors. Additionally, the AVC manages a budget, supervises staff, and represents the University to internal and external constituents.

Also in collaboration with the Chancellor and the Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and WSU Foundation staffs, the Assistant Vice Chancellor develops external relationships and communication strategies that meet development objectives. Overseeing the planning of advancement events, having a leadership role in external relationship building with all constituencies, and assisting in preparing volunteers, as necessary, to participate in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts are all responsibilities of this administrator.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor also will:

  • Work with volunteers, faculty, and colleagues to identify linkage, ability, and interest of major gift prospects, including corporations and foundations, and collaborate with the WSU Foundation and Corporate and Foundation Relations Office in helping to advance major gift and/or gift sponsorship opportunities with corporate and foundation prospects
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift ($25,000 and above) prospects, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, in collaboration with the Chancellor and WSU Foundation, for meeting the priority goals of WSU Tri-Cities
  • Provide stewardship in recognition of philanthropic gifts
  • Identify and cultivate legacy donors and collaborate with WSU Foundation Gift Planning Office to advance major/planned gift arrangements that require tax or estate planning
  • Manage a portfolio of at least 150 prospects, conduct a minimum of 150 face-to-face visits annually, and submit at least 24 proposals yearly
  • Work closely with the Chancellor and Foundation to identify, research, and set strategies for new principal gift prospects
  • Ensure an effective donor stewardship plan that is both functional and systematically implemented and uses best practices of the University and the profession
  • Participate in strategic planning, prepare justifications to support fundraising goals, and identify resources needed to support the plan
  • Ensure compliance with University fundraising policies, goals, and procedures
  • Define goals, objectives, and metrics for the Advancement and Community Engagement team, including marketing, web presence, media relations, and support staff
  • Build essential relationships with community leaders to ensure WSU Tri-Cities becomes part of the social and educational fabric of the area
  • Develop and manage the execution of investing community leaders and others in the University and seeking opportunities for active partnerships
  • Steward a portfolio of alumni, educational, and community leaders through external meetings, events, and correspondence
  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities for alumni engagement in the Tri-Cities area
  • Travel locally, regionally, and nationally, as appropriate, for donor management
  • Enhance the profile of WSU Tri-Cities in the community through development and implementation of a targeted strategic marketing, communications, and community interaction plan
  • Administer and pursue corporate academic partnerships and serve as the single point of contact for corporate relations at the campus

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree and six years of progressively responsible experience, including three years of full-time professional fundraising experience and at least two years in an institution of higher education. Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission, evidence of the ability to plan and execute a fund drive (i.e. responsibility for a project from conception to realization), proven track-record in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more, or comparable experience are required.

Comparable experience includes six years of progressively responsible full-time sales, marketing, public relations, or advancement experience that has involved direct, face-to-face contact with clients, customers, prospective customers, and members of the public, program oversight and management, clearly defined goals and objectives, and a demonstrated track record of success may be substituted for the experience requirements. A Master's degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

Other requirements include:

  • Evidence of strong computer capabilities and familiarity with spreadsheets and database systems, including Microsoft Work, Excel, Access, Power Point, alumni/donor applications, and e-mail
  • Experience that validates the ability to work independently, but also within a collaborative team environment, and to establish priorities, make prudent and sound decisions, and follow-up, as needed, in a timely manner
  • A track record of cultivating, closing, and stewarding major gifts
  • Excellent planning and time management skills and the skill to organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • The ability to find, analyze, interpret, and organize data to support decision making and fundraising activities
  • A commitment to diversity and an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of a diverse workplace and the knowledge of how to shape processes and procedures that reflect and enhance the diversity of the WSU communities
  • A history of keeping accurate records, completing timely reports, and maintaining confidentiality of proprietary and sensitive data
  • The ability to interact with diverse people, as individuals and in groups, in a positive manner
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • The ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends
  • A valid, unrestricted driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

The preference will be for candidates to have an advanced degree and a minimum of five years of experience in foundation fundraising, preferably in higher education, with a proven track record of securing six-figure, and higher, gifts.

Other preferences include:

  • Proven experience developing, implementing and/or participating in a successful foundation relations strategy for a well-respected institution of higher education
  • Existing relationships with top regional and national funders that can be utilized to strengthen WSU Tri-Cities' efforts as a top-tier research university
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication and problem-solving skills

About the WSU Foundation

The mission of the Washington State University Foundation is to promote, accept, and maximize private support for programs, initiatives, and properties of Washington State University and its regional campuses. The WSU Foundation also prudently manages, invests, and stewards the assets entrusted to it by WSU and its alumni, friends, and donors. Since its inception in 1979, the WSU Foundation has raised more than $1.33 billion in private commitments in support of programs and initiatives across Washington State University.

About WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities is an urban campus of Washington State University, located in Richland, which, along with Kennewick and Pasco, make up the Tri-Cities. The campus draws from a regional population of approximately 260,000 and is located in the heart of Washington's wine country.

WSU Tri-Cities offers 18 bachelor's, 10 master's, and six doctoral degrees. The growing campus has approximately 1,500 students who are served by nearly 80 full-time faculty and more than 250 adjunct faculty, many of whom are full-time researchers and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL and WSU also partner in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), a research and teaching laboratory that features the Biorefinery and the Combinatorial Catalysis Research Lab. 

Legislative funding, tremendous community leadership, and support, and partnerships with businesses and community organizations, have resulted in many exciting new and expanded initiatives. Delta High, a new STEM high school, exemplifies the collaboration between WSU Tri-Cities and the extensive science and technology communities.  

WSU Tri-Cities is seeking designation as the only public, four-year Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Washington and has model outreach programs including MESA and GEAR-UP.

About Washington State University

The states land-grant research university, Washington State University was founded in Pullman in 1890. Today, it is co-located in Pullman and Spokane with additional campuses in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) and in Vancouver, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Regional Learning Centers and the Distance Degree Programs offer access to WSU degrees statewide and beyond.

WSU students statewide are of diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from throughout the nation and about 98 foreign countries, and they come together in an academic community committed to education and leadership development. WSU has more than 26,300 students statewide.

About Richland and the Tri-Cities Region

The WSU Tri-Cities campus is in Richland, which is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers in southeastern Washington. Richland offers an enviable combination of natural amenities and city services that contributes to a high quality of life. Named one of the best places in the U.S. to raise children, according to, Richland's ranking was based on the number of public parks and playgrounds, the money spent on educating children, income levels, and affordability.

Richland is part of the Tri-Cities region, which enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year, which allows year-around outdoor activities. The confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia rivers has produced an aquatic playground that beckons water lovers from across the region.

Professional sport teams include the Tri-Cities Americans WHL ice-hockey team, Tri-City Dust Devils baseball team, and the Tri-Cities Fever arena football team. Golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports, with ten beautiful courses available.

Nestled in the heart of Washington's wine country, the Tri-Cities region has more than 100 wineries and produces 99 percent of the wine in the state.


WSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 or over are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations for applicants who qualify under the Americans with Disability Act are available upon request. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.

Nominations and Application Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited. They should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and telephone number of the individual being nominated.

An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a resume; an overview of fundraising accomplishments; and four professional references. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants. Nominations and application materials must be submitted to:

Initial screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be submitted by June 9, 2014.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Washington State University Tri-Cities with this search. The consultants are Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President and COO.


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