Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Deadline for Applications is 11/29/2020 - Extended

Code: 16701 Posted: 10/05/2020

UW Parkside stands at an exciting moment in history. As the university considers its first comprehensive campaign, it is looking for an energetic, forward-focused advancement executive to help convert potential into reality. A timely and relevant mission align with increased university resources invested in a growth minded advancement enterprise. Success in the coming years will mean that the Vice Chancellor, Advancement has established a sustainable philanthropic foundation, increased alumni engagement, and successfully communicated the vision, needs and impact of a university inextricably intertwined with the economic growth of the region. 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. 

The Vice Chancellor, Advancement reports directly to the Chancellor. This person serves as the institutional officer providing leadership, development and management of a coordinated development, alumni relations, public relations and communications initiatives.

University Advancement is responsible for leading dynamic development activities, corporate relations, alumni relations, Foundation Board engagement, strategic communications and legislative liaison activities to assist the University in supporting the 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, and foundation giving as well as donor cultivation and stewardship. Alumni relations involves working with constituent alumni organizations, the Alumni Association, the four colleges and the athletic department to foster engagement of a diverse alumni community with the students, faculty and staff to advance the University’s mission. Communications and public relations efforts include strategic communications 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


Provides strategic vision for development and alumni relations, implementing that vision through collaborative leadership with the Chancellor, UW-Parkside Foundation and the UW-Parkside Alumni Association.

Develop annual fundraising targets and develop a strategic plan to meet established goals, in collaboration with the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation. Goals build on essential fundraising strategies and programs to include: 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 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 Chancellor and cabinet on annual Foundation governance calendar and activities including fundraising reports, financial reporting as well as annual internal and independent audits.

Advisor to the Chancellor and cabinet on communications, public relations and legislative liaison topics.

Prepares or directs comprehensive reports and provides oversite for activities related to identifying, cultivating and securing major gifts and fundraising campaigns in support of the strategic goals of the University.

Coordinates the development of strategic fundraising programs with each of the four the academic deans and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost to include major gift identification, solicitation and stewardship as well as well-planned alumni and prospect cultivation events and activities.

Donor and Constituent Relations

Builds relationships with personal and professional contacts to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with community leaders, business leaders, alumni, parents, and donors to meet the strategic fundraising goals of the University.

Serves as a representative for the University (and the Chancellor, as needed) interacting with donors, alumni, constituents, and general public at internal and external functions both in and out-of-state as required to meet University fundraising goals.

Serves as primary liaison with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation.

Sets goals and prepares regular reports on donations, visits, contacts, projects, and major gifts for the Chancellor and the UW-Parkside Foundation.

Manages a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects.

Advancement and fundraising initiatives with attention to major gift donors, prospects, alumni and premier fundraising events.




Adequacy, timeliness, and accuracy

Timeliness of meeting goals.

Willingness to make suggestions and soundness of those suggestions.

Soundness of judgment and operational decisions.

Ability to organize and prioritize work while being responsive to University personnel.

Timely and effective communication of problems and opportunities. This includes the responsibility for identifying and communicating information of importance as soon as possible.

Integrity in dealing with customers, students, vendors, employees, and management.

Punctuality, attendance, effective use of time, and willingness to work overtime when necessary.

Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.

Willingness to assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.



Thorough knowledge and understanding of philanthropy, higher education and fundraising programs and related strategies with the proven ability to collaborate and organize fundraising activities effectively, prioritizing prospects and participating in high level strategy and gift discussions.

Knowledge and understanding of fundraising within public higher education including relevant policies and procedures; engaging with Chancellor’s Cabinet, Academic Deans and public university fundraising foundations and alumni associations.

Considerable knowledge of and experience in project management, process improvement, budget preparation, and fiscal planning and ability to make informed data driven decisions.

Strong supervisory, management and mentoring skills with experience in building and developing teams of motivated staff and volunteers.

Ability to manage in a style that is imaginative, decisive, and proactive while remaining collegial, consultative, and open.

Ability to display leadership in higher education by taking on progressive responsibility.

Ability to think strategically, establish short term and long term goals, and have a proven track record for effective follow through.

Ability or experience in proposal writing, grant writing, preparing financial and fundraising reports and effectively present information to senior leaders, public groups, donors, and the Foundation Board.

Ability and affinity for working with leadership across institutional divisions to achieve mission-driven institutional objectives.

Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to persuasively articulate the vision, mission and goals of UW-Parkside; to interact effectively with diverse constituents; to represent the university with integrity.

Possess the creativity required to introduce new ideas and incremental change.

Maturity, perspective, and credibility necessary to influence university administrators and as well as key alumni and stakeholders.




  • 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 and/or Fundraising initiatives
  • Experience in at least two the following program areas: individual giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation philanthropy, comprehensive campaign planning, planned giving.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and skill to foster personal and effective relationships with diverse groups at the University and the public.
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting and presenting high profile communications and presentations.
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. 

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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
  • CV/Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday November 29, 2020 are ensured full consideration

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.


Laura Menarek
Available Until: 11/30/2020

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