Vice President for University Advancement

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Working Title: Vice President for University Advancement

Classification Title: Administrator IV

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline: Sunday, June 9th @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled)

Please note: As of May 24, 2024, this position has been reposted and is under active recruitment. Apply today! (Prior applicants need not re-apply.)

Position Summary

The Vice President for University Advancement reports directly to the President. As the chief fundraising officer for Sacramento State, the incumbent plays a central role in leading the university’s development operations with the purpose of maximizing philanthropic support for Sacramento State. The Vice President will design and implement the strategic vision for fundraising and alumni relations in alignment with the university’s values, aspirations, and priorities.

The Vice President for University Advancement will provide leadership and direction for the Division of University Advancement, including university development, annual giving, alumni relations, principal gifts, advancement services, and stewardship. The Vice President serves on the University Foundation at Sacramento State Board and Alumni Board and will provide leadership to dedicated volunteers, alumni, and friends of the institution as the university raises funds to support its students and operations.

FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $21,500 per month - $23,334 per month. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $9,167 per month - $29,425 per month

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Recruitment Type: Regular (At-Will)

Time Base: Full-Time

Work Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; weekends and evenings as needed.

Department Information 

At Sacramento State, philanthropic support includes gifts (both cash and in-kind), pledges, grants from private foundations, and testamentary commitments through estate plans. Over 6,700 alumni, business and community supporters, and other friends of Sacramento State demonstrated their support for the University over the past year.

Our team works with faculty and staff across campus and with alumni and communities across the country to fund important projects and initiatives at Sacramento State — from improving access to higher education to building centers for innovation.

More information regarding University Advancement can be found here:

Required Qualifications 


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and/or college.


  1. At least six to eight years of progressively responsible, hands-on leadership experience in a program of similar or greater complexity and scope.
  2. A successful record of fundraising and cultivating donors.
  3. Experience working directly with and managing the activities of a volunteer board, executive campaign committee, and other principal gift prospects.
  4. Experience working with and/or leading volunteers, including foundation, campaign, and alumni boards.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated proactive, strategic, forward-thinking, and visionary approach.
  2. Ability to integrate strategic activities across the department, institution, and community and forge partnerships therein.
  3. Knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices.
  4. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the student-centric mission of Sac State with an appreciation of the diverse student population it serves and an understanding of its unique advancement and fundraising opportunities.
  5. Demonstrated focus and the intellectual capacity to effectively partner with the President, cabinet, deans, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members of diverse backgrounds.
  6. Strong financial acumen; ability to manage complex budget portfolios.
  7. Exceptional leadership and management skills; ability to foster an inclusive work environment.
  8. An open, transparent, and collaborative approach; ability to understand the role of advancement within the broader context of the institution, especially concerning the University’s commitment to be the Anchor University for the Sacramento region.
  9. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to navigate a complex environment, understand and relate effectively with diverse constituents, and partner in a sophisticated way with a wide ethnic, socio-economic, and generational demographic.
  10. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a clear, consistent, and transparent manner to create shared goals and understanding.
  11. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents, including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community. 


   17. Ability to attend off-site meetings and events as needed.

  1. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s or other advanced degree from an accredited university and/or college.
  2. Experience successfully leading or managing a major comprehensive campaign in a higher education setting.
  3. Experience working within a unionized environment.
  4. Demonstrated history and successful track record of working effectively with leadership to build bridges within an institution or organization.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

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

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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