Associate Vice President for Administration

Washington State University Foudnation
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Founded in 1890, Washington State University (WSU) is a land-grant university system with campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Everett, the Tri-Cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, and an online Global Campus. 

The University offers 98 undergraduate majors, 78 master’s degree programs, 65 doctoral programs and three professional degrees (Medicine, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine). Its faculty members include 11 members of National Academies, and their outstanding work has led to WSU being recognized as one of only 131 U.S. doctoral colleges and universities—out of 4,300+ public and private institutions—with “very high research activity” in the Carnegie Classification (2018). This designation represents the highest level of research activity for doctoral institutions.

In Pullman, the liveliness of a college town complements the unparalleled pastoral beauty that defines southeastern Washington. The city is home to WSU as well as the international headquarters of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and is a major hub of the Palouse—a region that encompasses areas of Washington and Idaho, characterized by picturesque views of farms and rolling wheat fields. 

In 2019, named Pullman the “Best City to Live in Washington” (among 2,509 cities with populations of 25,000 or more). The organization made their determination based on a number of factors, including employment opportunities, housing, quality of life, education, and health. For more information about life in Pullman, please visit WSU’s career page. WSU has an extensive network of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and researchers across the globe. We invite you to come join the Cougar family.

WSU’s Foundation (WSUF) welcomes applications for the position of AVP for Administration.  

In partnership with the CEO, the AVP for Administration works to maximize opportunities for organizational effectiveness related to operations and support in the WSU Foundation; work directly with staff and across departments to collect information, analyze data and identify strategies for optimal efficiency and effectiveness including ad-hoc analysis and decision support for the CEO on a wide range of subjects and priorities. Support the CEO in building a best practice Board of Directors that aligns with a billion-dollar endowment.

Initiate and manage short to mid-range projects that will enable strategic implementation of elements related to fundraising and campaign readiness; work to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they reach the CEO. Identify and implement strategies related to investment and long-term growth in the organization. Manage the identification and execution of contracts with vendors as it relates to strategic projects in support of philanthropic objectives and campaign readiness.

Work closely with the AVP for Strategic Communications to develop internal and external messaging with key volunteers, donors, and alumni; provide input for the planning of the CEO’s internal and external communications, both written and oral.

To learn more about WSU, please visit the University’s website at  Information about WSUF can be found at  To apply for this position, please upload your resume and cover letter at

WSU is an EEO/AA educator and employer.