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Vice President for Advancement Search

Position Profile

Oklahoma City University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for University Advancement. The Vice President is the chief advancement officer for the University, reports directly to the President, and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The University seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader who has proven experience as an advancement professional, preferably in an environment similar to Oklahoma City University. The Vice President will provide vision, leadership, and direction for all advancement and alumni engagement activities and is expected to be selected by June 30, 2018.


  1. A bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree preferred
  2. Ten years of progressive advancement experience with a minimum of five years of senior level experience in an institutional setting.
  3. Demonstrated experience successfully managing a multimillion-dollar comprehensive capital campaign in a leadership role would distinguish the candidate.

Desired Attributes for the Vice President

  • Extraordinary skills in organization, critical thinking, strategy development, management of staff and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of institutional advancement strategies and techniques in a fast advancing technological age.
  • The personality, demeanor and presence to represent professionally himself/herself, the faculty, staff and trustees of Oklahoma City University, and the institution itself to all external constituencies.
  • Appropriate competitiveness and motivation to maximize results and achieve advancement goals.
  • A comprehensive knowledge combined with hands-on experiences of the spectrum of development functions, including annual giving, leadership giving, corporate/foundation support, planned giving, prospect research, and campaign management.
  • The awareness and respect that successful advancement programs require collegiality, cooperation, and engagement of faculty and staff and teamwork with trustees, alumni, and friends of Oklahoma City University.
  • A commitment to manage personally a portfolio of major gift prospects and to assist and advise the president in her management of a leadership prospect portfolio. The critical thinking skills to prepare a case for support of Oklahoma City University and the oral and written communication skills to articulate it persuasively to external constituents.