Vice President for Development

Oklahoma, United States
Competitive Salary
Dec 08, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Oklahoma State University Foundation in the search for a Vice President for Development.

Reporting to the President of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, the Vice President of Development will provide strategic vision and ensure operational excellence for a comprehensive development program. The Vice President will lead and manage a division of more than 100 development professionals across all Oklahoma State University campuses, colleges, and programs.  The Vice President will serve as a member of the OSU Foundation Executive Team and will work closely with the team to create and execute strategies to achieve university-wide goals through philanthropy and endowment growth.

The OSU Foundation has proudly supported the university's fundraising needs for more than half a century. As the private fundraising organization for Oklahoma State University, as designated by the OSU Board of Regents, the Foundation's mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence. It exists solely for the benefit of OSU and manages donor dollars to provide the most advanced educational opportunities to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of OSU. From scholarships to community programs, OSU Foundation donors generously support the spirit and tradition of Oklahoma State University. The Foundation employs incredibly talented people, all passionately committed to supporting quality education for the next generation as well as the mission of the university to improve the lives of people in Oklahoma and the world through teaching, research, and outreach.

Founded in 1890, Oklahoma State University has grown through its traditions and culture to become one of America’s premier land-grant universities. With more than 35,000 students across a five-campus system, Oklahoma State University has graduated more than 264,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world. Students from across the United States and more than 100 countries converge on the OSU campus to create a vibrant and inclusive culture. OSU consists of five academic colleges, plus a veterinary school and an osteopathic medical school and offers 200 undergraduate majors and options, 79 master's programs, and 45 doctoral programs.

From being named a top public university to being known as America's Healthiest Campus, OSU's awards and rankings showcase its academic distinctions, campus culture, and value. As a Carnegie top-tier research university, its innovative academics develop its students’ intellect and creativity. named Oklahoma State University in its top-50 list of public universities nationally, and first in Oklahoma among public colleges and universities. Money Magazine cited OSU among its "Best State Schools for Out-of-Staters" and Yahoo Finance listed OSU among its "Top 100 Smartest Public Colleges in America."

The OSU Foundation has been closed to the public since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Foundation staff members have transitioned to a remote work environment. The Foundation allows employees to work within the building under strict COVID precautions. The Foundation leadership team realizes that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, many parents no longer have childcare coverage as public schools have shifted to distance learning. It also realizes that some staff, particularly those in higher-risk categories, may feel uncomfortable or hesitant to return to work.  The Foundation has expressed its understanding of its staff’s concerns and does not wish to create unnecessary stress or pressure. The Foundation trust its staff and respects their decision if they determine they cannot return to the office due to childcare issues or concern of the possible outcomes of COVID-19.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least fifteen years of experience as an executive in development and campaign management and operations. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Oklahoma State University Foundation.