Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Partnership
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 20838 Posted: 05/02/2024

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title: Vice Chancellor (Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Partnerships)

Employment Type: Full-Time Limited

Reports To: The Vice Chancellor will report to the Chancellor.

Full Time Pay Range: $150,000-180,000

UW-Parkside stands at an exciting moment in history. As the university pursues its first comprehensive campaign, it is looking for an energetic, forward-focused advancement executive to help convert potential into reality. Success in the coming years will mean that the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Partnership has established a sustainable philanthropic foundation, increased alumni engagement and community engagement, and successfully communicated the vision, needs, and impact of a university inextricably intertwined with the region's economic growth. UW-Parkside seeks a self-motivated, strategic, and growth-oriented partner who is eager to build a program, close principal gifts, and collaborate with committed partners across campus and community.

The Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Partnership serves as the institutional officer providing leadership, development, and management of coordinated development, alumni relations, community relations, corporate partnerships, public relations, and communications initiatives.

University Advancement and Community Partnership is responsible for leading dynamic development activities, corporate relations, community relations, alumni relations, Foundation Board engagement, strategic communication, and legislative liaison activities to support the University's long-term sustainability of its educational mission and distinctive position in public higher education. Development includes individual giving, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate philanthropy, foundation giving, donor cultivation, and stewardship. Alumni relations include working with constituent alumni organizations, the Alumni Association, the academic colleges, and the athletic department to foster engagement of a diverse community with the students, faculty, and staff to advance the University’s mission. Community engagement includes outreach activities that advance partnerships and the reputation of the University. Communications and public relations efforts include strategic communication with alumni and donors to the University and various community stakeholders in the region as well as media relations covering all University units.

Essential Job Functions

Key Job Responsibilities:


  • Provide a strategic vision for development and alumni relations and implement that vision through collaborative leadership with the Chancellor, UW-Parkside Foundation, and the UW-Parkside Alumni Association.
  • In collaboration with the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation, develop annual fundraising targets and a strategic plan to meet established goals. Goals build on essential fundraising strategies and programs, including Major and Principal Gifts, Annual Giving, Corporate Philanthropy, Alumni Engagement and Giving, Planned Giving, and premier donor and prospect engagement events and activities.
  • Serve as the principal gift officer for UW-Parkside focused on successfully closing major gifts that serve to transform the university.
  • Serves as an adviser to the Chancellor on UW System, state and federal rules and regulations regarding philanthropic giving and development operations within the state of Wisconsin.
  • Serve as liaison and advisor to the Chancellor and cabinet on the annual Foundation governance calendar and activities, including fundraising reports, financial reporting, and annual internal and independent audits.
  • Advisor to the Chancellor and cabinet on communications, public relations, and legislative liaison topics.
  • Prepare or direct comprehensive reports and provide oversight for activities related to identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts and fundraising campaigns in support of the strategic goals of the University.
  • Coordinate the development of strategic fundraising programs with each of the academic deans and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost to include major gift identification, solicitation, and stewardship, as well as planned alumni and prospect cultivation events and activities.
Donor and Constituent Relations
  • Build relationships with personal and professional contacts to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with community leaders, business leaders, alumni, parents, and donors to meet the university's strategic fundraising goals.
  • Serve as a representative for the University (and the Chancellor, as needed), interacting with donors, alumni, constituents, and the general public at internal and external functions both in and out of state as required to meet University fundraising goals.
  • Serve as primary liaison with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation.
  • Set goals and prepare regular reports on donations, visits, contacts, projects, and major gifts for the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation.
  • Manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.
  • Advancement and fundraising initiatives with attention to major gift donors, prospects, alumni, and premier fundraising events.


Job Description: 



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible managerial/leadership experience in a complex organization
  • Demonstrable success soliciting and closing major and principal gifts
  • Demonstrated success leading advancement, development, community, and/or fundraising initiatives
  • Demonstrated skill in fostering effective relationships with stakeholders at the University and the public
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting and presenting high-profile communications and presentations

The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree and experience in at least two of the following program areas: individual giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation philanthropy, comprehensive campaign planning, and planned giving.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator:  

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Review of Applications

Applications received by 6/1/2024 are ensured full consideration. Position open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


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