San Jose State University seeks a seasoned fundraising executive to serve as Associate Vice President for Development and provide leadership for the university’s principal and major gifts programs during SJSU’s second comprehensive campaign. 

The position, which will carry the additional title of Executive Director of the Campaign, presents an exceptional leadership opportunity for an experienced development professional to join a forward-looking university and a dynamic advancement team committed to making a significant impact on the future of the university and its community.

Located at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, San Jose is the third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the United States.  The university’s 154-acre metropolitan campus is at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, the global hub of technology innovation and America’s leading patent-generating city.

San Jose State, founded in 1857 and the oldest public college or university on the west coast, is where the past meets the future of California and beyond. SJSU’s approximately 33,000 students comprise a vibrant and inclusive on-campus population mirroring California’s demographics and collectively pursue degrees in 134 programs within eight colleges of the university.

Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the new AVP will initially lead a staff of 18 tasked with raising major and principal gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of the university and its eight colleges.

A central component of the role will be the ongoing responsibility for strategy and oversight of the upcoming campaign, including:  following widely accepted campaign best practices; completion of the campaign strategic plan; identification and training of campaign volunteers; coordination of access to campaign prospects; increasing awareness of campaign priorities tied to the university’s strategic plan; and, developing appropriate policies and metrics for the successful conduct of the campaign.  In addition, the new AVP will be expected to carry a modest portfolio of high-potential major gift prospects involving the president, vice president, and key campaign volunteers. 

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Vance T. Peterson, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search.  Contact at or 818-304-5233.  Prospective candidates are invited to review the search profile outlining opportunities and requirements and including instructions for application. Although applications will be accepted until an appointment is made, candidates should submit materials as soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2018 for full consideration.

San Jose State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer