Idaho State University — Vice President for University Advancement

Idaho State University seeks a Vice President for University Advancement
Location: Pocatello, Idaho
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The Position:
The Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) reports to and advises the President of the University, serves on the President’s Leadership and Administrative Councils; and supervises development, alumni relations, and advancement functions. The Vice President also serves as the University’s liaison to the Idaho State University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to inspire robust funding, support and engagement from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and others for the benefit of ISU. The Vice President is responsible for coordinating the University’s and the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and for supervising and coordinating the administrative support provided by the University to the Foundation. As a key member of University leadership, the Vice President works within a cohesive and collegial team that manages a mission driven University from a philosophy of trust, compassion, stability, and hope. The successful candidate must be comfortable working with the leadership team to fulfill the University student-centered mission, as part of a collaborative, mutually accountable unit. As a University leader and expert in advancement, the successful candidate will share responsibility for the accomplishment of the University’s mission, and approach challenges with positivity and determination. The VPUA will provide consistent, positive support for the University Advancement team, and will be committed to relationship-based advancement work that values authenticity, integrity, and personal engagement.


  • Inspires, leads, supports, and develops a highly effective team of people to make successful and lasting contributions to the University’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Serves on the President’s Leadership and Administrative Councils and oversees all fundraising and advancement programs.
  • Works closely with and supports the President, trustees, deans, departments and other constituencies in their advancement activities and ensures coordination among all units.


  • Generates creative approaches to initiate and guide the development of appropriate fundraising and advancement policies and strategic practices in support of the University’s fundraising priorities to achieve institutional goals.
  • Works closely with and supports the President, trustees, deans, departments and other constituencies in their advancement activities and ensures coordination among all units.
  • Manages engagement of prospects for major University priorities, providing research and strategy development.
  • Participates in institution-wide strategic planning; identifies and assesses fundraising priorities; and effectively executes relevant programs, projects and initiatives.
  • Directs the drafting and management of the division’s annual budget.


  • Prepares the University for a comprehensive campaign by organizing, inspiring and preparing the development team and leading overall fundraising strategy, including annual giving and planned giving activities.
  • Works collaboratively with the President, trustees, deans, department heads and internal advisory committees to plan and implement fundraising programs, initiatives, and strategies.
  • Actively engages with and manages a portfolio of prospects, including personal cultivation, solicitation, closing gifts and ongoing stewardship.
  • Represents the University in external affairs and events involving corporate and foundation representatives, trustees, alumni and friends of the University.
  • Oversees and participates in the development of proposals and applications for funding from corporations, foundations and individuals, and provides appropriate stewardship and follow up, including the timely preparation and submission of reports.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned or directed by the President.

Alumni Relations

  • Works with leadership in Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications to devise and execute strategic plans for creating a network of advocates throughout the country and the world to increase engagement.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.


  • Demonstrated history of leading, organizing, supporting, and motivating a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to be part of a collaborative leadership team committed to advancing the institutional mission and the strategic plan.
  • Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of 10 years of advancement experience with substantial knowledge of higher education. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in alumni, development and fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to build relationships and interact positively with a culturally diverse population of students, faculty, staff, alumni and potential donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising technology and commitment to prospect management.
  • Demonstrated integrity, good strategic judgment, self-motivation, goal orientation, and a high degree of initiative and creativity.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the values of public higher education.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to motivate an administrative team to produce expected outcomes.
  • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

About the Institution:
Idaho State University is a Carnegie-classified R2 high research activity, doctorate-granting university. ISU offers exceptional academic opportunities in more than 250 programs, and its faculty and students lead in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in the areas of natural resources, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business. ISU is the state’s designated lead institution in health professions, medical education, and biomedical research. The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the University’s Meridian campus, is the state’s only medical school. In addition to the main campus in Pocatello, ISU has three branch campuses. The Idaho Falls campus is adjacent to the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) of the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Center is in Meridian, and the campus in Twin Falls partners with the College of Southern Idaho to prepare career-ready graduates.

Idaho State University, founded in 1901, serves a diverse population, attracting students from its region and around the world to four Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU offers access to high-quality education.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by April 26, 2022 will be given first consideration. Please submit a PDF version of your complete curriculum vita/resume and a cover letter highlighting your interest in and qualifications for the position. To apply online, go to:

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Phone: (530) 677-9945

Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. EEO Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran Institution, Veterans’ preference. Applicants and employees of Idaho State University are protected under Federal law from discrimination.

ISU follows Executive Order 11246 Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please call Disability Services at (208) 282-3599 or email

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