Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships





[C21-037]


Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships

Division of Institutional Advancement

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the search for its inaugural Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

Reporting to the University President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships will provide vision, leadership, oversight, planning, assessment, and management of all aspects of development and the creation of strategic partnerships to advance CCSU’s mission, including academic, community, corporate, and alumni relations. The Vice President will oversee the operations of the following: CCSU Foundation, Inc., Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Advancement Services, and the CCSU Travelers EDGE Program. The primary emphasis of this position will be diversification of revenue sources for the university.

We seek an ambitious individual and fundraiser who will strengthen the development operation and build the partnership organization. We seek an individual with corporate or community relations and foundation management experience who is highly entrepreneurial, dynamic, articulate and enjoys both relationship-building and prospect development. We seek an individual who will expand our prospect base so as to ensure the continued growth of the CCSU Foundation and its $83 million endowment. The Vice President will ensure compliance with all Federal, State, Board of Regents, and CCSU fundraising and ethics laws, regulations, and policies. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience fundraising and other ethics compliance in a public sector setting.

This position will entail evenings, weekends, and some travel.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years of successful managerial and leadership experience in fundraising, foundation affairs, and not-for-profit management.
  • A master’s degree in business, public administration, engineering, or a closely related discipline.
  • Proven track record of successful major gift fundraising and building productive internal and external strategic partnerships for the advancement of the institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a multi-function organization in fundraising, relationship building and partnership development.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage funds, property, or other assets with integrity and accountability.
  • Experience and ability to manage and embrace change in a dynamic environment, including successfully managing a unionized workforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where cultures, identities, perspectives, and opinions are valued.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborative team member; effectively manage professional, managerial, and support staff; and apply sound principles of human resource management.
  • A commitment to shared governance and experience working in a collective-bargaining environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in launching and championing a successful capital campaign.
  • A terminal degree in business, public administration, engineering, or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience with corporate strategic partnerships, partnership development, and entrepreneurial academic program growth and development.


The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls 11,880 students. This includes 7,605 full-time undergraduates, 1,949 part-time undergraduates, 648 full-time graduate students, and 1,678 part-time graduate students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the students are from Connecticut. An increasingly residential campus, 64 percent of Central’s first-year students live on campus; 24 percent of all undergraduates live on campus. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit www.ccsu.edu .

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of some 70,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas in the region. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Known as “Little Poland,” 17 percent of its population are of Polish background. It is the home of three Polish language newspapers and one television station, and annually hosts the Little Poland Festival. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rican, Italian, and Irish backgrounds. Currently, 37 percent of its population are Hispanic; 11 percent are African American; 25 percent live below the poverty line.

In addition to all that Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Mass., two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment : Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority review will begin on April 1, 2021.

To begin the application process, click on the Apply button and electronically submit the following documents:

• Letter of Interest addressing the qualifications for this position
• Current résumé
• Names of three current professional references with title, email addresses and telephone numbers

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and prescription plans, a multi- plan retirement, retirement health care, deferred compensation, Dependent Care Assistant and Med Flex spending accounts, supplemental benefits such as long term, short term disability, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. E-mailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Steven Marinelli at marinelli@ccsu.edu.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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