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Candidates for Vice President for Advancement must provide a cover letter, résumé, and references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. 

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The Vice President for Advancement will provide strategic leadership for fundraising programs for the University of Oklahoma including responsibility for annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship, and advancement services. This position is a member of the executive leadership team reporting to the President and serves as chief fundraising officer.

The candidate selected for this position will possess excellent communication skills with a talent for developing strategies and setting goals to achieve fundraising targets. Position will engage in networking, proposal writing, presenting, and leading a team of fundraising professionals. Position sets target donation goals and sees them to fruition via events and campaigns, on time and on budget. This position will serve all three OU campuses- Norman, Tulsa, and Health Sciences Center.


  • Advance the achievement of university mission, vision, and short and long-term goals by working closely with university leadership in all phases of advancement and campaign activities
  • Create, direct, administer, and evaluate a development strategy which includes annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, major gifts, and planned gifts for operational, capital, and endowment support to advance the strategic direction of the university
  • Lead and coordinate fundraising activities throughout the university, by engaging academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, administrative departments, University Community, and athletics to designate funds in an equitable manner
  • Support the mission of the university through securing major philanthropic gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, and organizations
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and manage the university’s donor recognition strategy
  • Coordinate with alumni and Alumni Affairs in all its activities
  • Oversee the creation of annual operating plans, including program priorities, fundraising goals, and detailed strategies for the accomplishment of objectives
  • Promote a positive image and positive external relations for the university by communicating and interacting with city, state, and regional officials in matters related to university advancement
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Marketing and Communications to ensure a philanthropic branding strategy is implemented and delivered consistently across multiple channels.
  • Implement a comprehensive talent management plan including strategic recruitment, training, succession planning, retention/incentives and performance management for the university’s fundraising professionals


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible positions in advancement, including experience in all phases of fundraising
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) accreditation preferred
  • Experience in higher education is preferred


  • Proven success in raising major gifts from top-level donors, particularly in a higher education or large not-for-profit setting
  • Experience in planning, implementing, managing, and concluding a major fundraising campaign
  • Ability to develop successful fundraising strategies including the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of top donors
  • Experience in implementing best practices in fundraising management
  • Understanding of planned giving and estate issues
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and the ability to affect favorably sophisticated volunteers and donors
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, higher education environment, understanding and fully supporting the mission of the university
  • Effective community relations skills and the ability to work with diverse constituencies
  • Conducts himself/herself at all times with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethical standards
  • Strong people manager with a proven ability to coach, lead, develop, and inspire others to achieve their professional best

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