Vice President for University Advancement Executive Director, CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation


Vice President for University Advancement Executive Director, CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation

Salary Depends on Qualifications

Location  San Bernardino, CA

Job Type Full-Time

Division Administration & Finance

Job Number 2018-00543

Closing Continuous



Employment Status: Full-time, regular "exempt" position, Administrator IV -  included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

First Review Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 3, 2018. 

Recruitment Timeline and Application Process: 

CSU San Bernardino seeks to announce the successful candidate by mid-to-late Fall 2018. All rights associated with this appointment are governed by the California State University Management Personnel Plan, under which incumbents receive an attractive benefits package, are subject to regular performance reviews, and serve at the pleasure of the President.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience.
Applications should include a resume, a letter of interest addressing the applicant's relevant experience and qualifications, diversity statement and the names and contact information of five references.  All inquiries and materials will be treated as confidential. Please email all applications materials directly to
For additional information, nominations or inquires contact:
Dr. Douglas R. Freer
Vice President for Administration and Finance
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Phone: (909) 537-5130
Review of complete applications will begin September 3, 2018.   The search will continue until the position is filled.  A complete application will include an employment application, a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae or résumé and diversity statement.  The diversity statement may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational/professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for the role you are applying for at California State University, San Bernardino. (Maximum 250 words)

Additional information may be required.  All applications and expressions of interest will be handled confidentially; candidate names of individuals to be invited for on-campus interviews may be publicized.  Qualified nominees will be invited to apply.

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About the Campus: 

California State University, San Bernardino, a regional public comprehensive university with the Hispanic Serving- and Minority Serving-Institution designations, located in San Bernardino with a branch campus in Palm Desert, is seeking an exceptional and experienced individual with proven campaign and leadership success for the position of Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation.

California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.  CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire, and it has the second highest African American and Hispanic enrollments of all public universities in California. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

About the Position:
The Vice President reports to and advises the President, serves on the President's Cabinet, and supervises the departments of University Development, Strategic Communications, Alumni Relations and Advancement Services, as well as facilitates the governance of the Foundation Board of Directors. This highly collaborative position requires exceptional communication skills, demonstrated fundraising expertise, and the ability to develop and nurture excellent working relationships with University constituencies, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, funders, and corporate, foundation, community, and civic leaders at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses.  Important to the success of this position will be the ability to engage and work collaboratively with all sectors of the campus community, including administration, deans, faculty and community partners.  The ability to strategically integrate and drive all components of the University Advancement division to create and implement a unified vision will be essential.
The Vice President provides strong, creative and energetic leadership for a professional and clerical staff of about 40.  Currently reporting directly to the Vice President are the Associate Vice President for University Development, the Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications, the Director of Alumni Relations, the Director of Advancement Operations and an executive assistant. University Directors of Development currently work within the structure of the University Advancement division.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have senior level advancement experience, major campaign oversight experience, significant strategic planning and team building experience, an exceptional track record in external and community relations, with a heightened emphasis on communication, brand development, advancement administration and management. Local knowledge and experience with the CSU or UC systems is welcomed, along with the experience of working with public Hispanic Serving, and Minority Serving Institutes. In addition, the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics are required:

  • A master's degree is required; terminal degree from an accredited institution (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., etc.) is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of successful senior advancement leadership experience at a comprehensive university or a large, multifaceted organization.
  • A high standard of personal professional integrity and collegiality.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills and a demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership and strategic direction, and to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Incumbent must have a strong sense of financial accountability and advising/planning, as well as the ability to manage resources with prudence and efficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability and personality to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.
  • Depth of experience and demonstrated success with the planning, development and implementation of comprehensive fundraising and capital campaigns in an urban environment.
  • Ability to oversee the use of new media and communication as it pertains to the overall identity of the university and the acquisition of gifts. Familiarity with the media serving the Inland Empire.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively lead. 
  • Extraordinary interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • A vision of how an effective integrated marketing and communications plan can move the university to the next level of success.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `General Mandated Reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. 

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

Agency California State University, San Bernardino

Address 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, California, 92407

Phone (909) 537-5138