Vice President for Advancement

Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) seeks an experienced fundraising leader, brand ambassador and tested manager to join its executive leadership team as its next vice president for advancement.

The University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to helping students through creating transformative learning experiences. UCO prides itself as a smart investment for success, preparing future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, with access to more than 200 student organizations, internships, employment, entertainment and cultural offerings of the rapidly growing Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Founded in 1890 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, UCO connects its more than 14,000 students to unmatched value found in 100+ undergraduate areas of study and 70+ graduate programs, including online offerings, from the main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.

Reporting directly to UCO’s president and serving on the President's Cabinet, the vice president for advancement (VPA) is the institution’s chief advancement officer and will lead the university to increasing levels of philanthropic success and engagement. As such, the VPA plays a critical role in building and sustaining meaningful relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations. Further, the VPA oversees the UCO Advancement office responsible for annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, alumni relations, alumni and friend communications, grants, donor relations, maintenance of all alumni and donor records, and financial oversight. The vice president will serve as both a principal fundraiser for the university, as well as president of the UCO Foundation. This collaborative role ensures the success of both entities as it relates to fundraising activities, donor stewardship and fiscal and budget management.

To this end, the vice president will work with key partners across the university to develop integrated and cohesive major, principal and foundation gift strategies for both university-wide priorities as well as university and unit-specific needs. The vice president will work closely with key partners across the institution to expand and strengthen web and social media engagement, enhance virtual events with alumni and friends of the university, identify opportunities for solicitation and stewardship activity and continue to educate various constituent groups about UCO's history, impact and mission. The vice president should be a close advisor and partner with the university's president and develop strategies and tactics to further advance the cultivation and solicitation of the university's most generous alumni, donors, volunteers and friends of the institution.

The vice president will be a proven advancement professional, providing counsel to university leaders in the pursuit of transformational funding for the greatest philanthropic needs of the institution. UCO seeks a forward thinking and self-confident leader who will lead by example and whose values align with the values of the university. The successful candidate will have sound judgement, exceptional communication skills, extensive fundraising and administrative experience and broad perspectives on the business of advancement and foundation management. The next vice president should be a skilled negotiator, customer-service oriented and work to develop relationships with various internal and external constituents, both locally and with UCO constituents throughout the country. This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious leader to make a big impact on the future of the institution. For more information, please visit

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 30.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Melissa Fincher and Ashlee Winters at


UCO is deeply committed to recruiting, supporting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff. UCO is a highly diverse institution with a global outlook that is reflected in the composition of our student body as well as our dedicated faculty, staff and university administrators. Our appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the many issues and challenges that confront underrepresented groups. Given this awareness, it is important that all our faculty and staff perceive that the university is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive working environment. We know that having a diverse workforce is key to making UCO successful.