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Vice President for Development
Reports to the WSU Foundation President & CEO

Position Summary
The Vice President for Development provides overall leadership and direction for planning and execution of fundraising related activities for the schools and colleges of Wichita State University. Responsibilities include sustainment and growth of major gift fundraising as well as an enhanced Annual Giving program — both in support of academic units as well as the overall University enterprise. The Vice President will collaborate closely with the Vice President of Central Programs in the areas of planned giving, corporate and foundation fundraising and principal gift initiatives. The Vice President will be responsible for building a creative and efficient professional development staff and manage the
recruitment and education of volunteers.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the fundraising activities of the Wichita State University
  • Develop fundraising plans aligned with the WSUF’s strategic plan and the needs/priorities of the University, its schools
    and colleges.
  • Coordinate with WSUF senior leadership regarding strategic planning for both current strategic priorities and future Campaign
  • Coordinate with WSUF senior leadership regarding strategies for “margin of excellence” fundraising case development.
  • Coordinate with WSU faculty and staff, as appropriate, to develop gift and grant opportunities and appropriately steward
    these activities, including the distribution of periodic status reports.
  • Oversee the activities of seven development directors representing six academic colleges, the University Libraries and the
    Ulrich Museum to ensure integrated, comprehensive and collaborative development activity that maximizes fundraising results.
  • Ensure effective and cost efficient implementation of program plans and individual prospect strategies to maximize gift revenue.
  • Monitor departmental progress against established goals and prioritize departmental initiatives to maximize the efficiency, impact and success of each program.
  • Provide leadership and guidance with the Vice Presidents for Central Programs, Finance and Administration to enhance the
    professional development of the Foundation fundraising staff and support personnel.
  • Oversee the development, implementation and execution of annual operating budgets.
  • Evaluate the performance of the Development staff through the establishment of individual annual goals, conducting annual
    performance appraisals and making salary recommendations to the President & CEO.

Major Gift Fundraising Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of prospectiveand repeat major and deferred gift donors.
  • Expand the culture of strategy development when working with major gift prospects and donors, including a discipline for
    executing and adjusting strategies in a timely way based upon emerging information when working directly with prospects.
  • Build strong collaborative working relationships with deans and unit directors to enhance and accelerate work in achieving
    mutually establish priority goals for major gift donor investment.

Annual Giving Responsibilities

  • Oversee thedevelopment of a systematic expansion of the Annual Giving program at WSUF including the identification, solicitation, stewardship and upgrading of annual giving donors.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of a comprehensive program of support for unrestricted/restricted programs at WSU
    and the WSUF including:
    • A new program of growing leadership annual gifts ($1,000K+) and the associated recognition society.
    • Parent’s Programs.
    • Direct mail, including E-mail, Telefund and Social Media vehicles.
    • Establishing a departmental culture of pipeline development to “feed” the major gift program.
  • Oversee the development, management and implementation of a Young Donor Advisory Council.
    • A comprehensive outreach and engagement program, including networking and regional events.
    • A young alumni donor group.

Qualities and experiences that ideal candidates should display include:

  • Baccalaureatedegree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Ten (10) years of full time, fundraising experience with progressively increasing responsibility, including demonstrated success in activities to coordinate, attract, and close major gift funding support for a university or other large non-profit organization, including face-to-face solicitation of six-figure gifts.
  • Mature, poised, and articulate; capable of engaging with major donors and prospects, senior WSUF staff and members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills—especially the ability to listen effectively, write clearly and make compelling verbal presentations to groups.
  • S/he must be well organized, attentive to detail, and able to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Computer literacy, to include proficiency in common business office application programs.
  • Capable to effectively manage multiple, competing projects in a complex organizational setting.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring professional staff, strategic travel planning and prospect strategy development as required.
  • A clear and thorough understanding of the Foundation’s Core Values with the ability to embrace their importance both personally and professionally. 

Preference will be given to candidates that also display one or more of the following:

  • Experienceas a fundraising professional in higher education.
  • Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy and budget planning experience in complex organizations.
  • Serving in a leadership role with a comprehensive capital campaign.  


The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience, qualifications, and verifiable salary history. Paschal•Murray supports the commitment of our client
in encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures. As a condition of employment, our client reserves the right to conduct background verification including academic, work, driving, credit, and criminal histories.

This position announcement is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and requirements. It is presented as a fair reflection of the principal job elements.

WSU Foundation is an EOE employer

For more information and to apply, please go to the Paschal Murray Inc. website at http://www.paschalmurray.com/positions/, search for this position and email the assigned search consultant.





Hours: 20 hours per week; Monday-Friday

Responsibilities: Responsible for conceptualizing and creating finished artwork for use in a wide range of print media. Additionally, responsible for overall art direction, photo direction and press checks for WSU Foundation projects.

Minimum Education Requirements: high school diploma

Minimum Experience Requirements: Four years of experience in graphic art, design or commercial art. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the WSU Foundation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in a Mac or PC environment
  • Proven ability to design for a wide range of print media
  • Technical understanding of four-color printing
  • Technical understanding of digital printing
  • Excellent oral and accurate written communication skills
  • Ability to exhibit a high level of creativity under tight deadlines
  • Successful experience working with diverse populations
  • A commitment to diversity

Preferred Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design

Preferred Experience Requirements:

  • Experience writing specifications for vendors
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience coordinating photo shoots and directing talent

Salary: maximum is $16/hr. with benefits


Please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, resume, three professional references, and three work samples including postcards, invitations, and advertisements to:


Linda J. Gill

WSU Foundation


1845 Fairmount St. – Campus Box 2

Wichita, KS  67260-0002

Application deadline:  May 9, 2014, or until position is filled


Questions, comments? Please contact Linda Gill at 316-978-3815 or at linda.gill@wichita.edu

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