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Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations

New Mexico State University Foundation
Las Cruces, New Mexico
The salary range for this position is $220,000 to $240,000 annually.
Start date
Oct 20, 2023

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the New Mexico State University Foundation in the search for a Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico State University Foundation, the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations will provide strategic vision and ensure operational excellence for a comprehensive development and alumni relations program. The Vice President will provide leadership and oversight of the growth and development of a newly reorganized alumni relations program. The Vice President will serve as an NMSU Foundation Senior Leadership Team member and will work closely with the team to create and execute strategies to achieve University-wide goals through philanthropic growth and alumni engagement.

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the state’s oldest institution and New Mexico’s flagship land-grant University. It is designated as a Hispanic-Serving and space-grant institution and serves a truly diverse population. Approximately 30 percent of NMSU students are first-generation college students, and over 60 percent are Hispanic. NMSU is among the best in the nation at moving students from the lowest income tier to the top. It has four campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices in all 33 counties of New Mexico, and 12 agriculture research and science centers.

The New Mexico State University Foundation (NMSUF) is a privately governed, independent nonprofit organization that supports New Mexico State University. The Foundation consistently strives for trust, accountability, and excellence in its constituent relationships by promoting the values of fiduciary duty, leadership, teamwork, and the highest standard of ethics among its employees and volunteers. The Foundation is committed to upholding and preserving public and private trust while at the same time protecting the privacy of donors and the confidentiality of its competitive strategies.

The Foundation operates in alignment with University leadership and the NMSU Board of Regents. The Foundation's primary purposes are two-fold: to secure, manage, steward, and protect sustainable sources of private support that provide a margin of excellence for the University to fulfill its land-grant mission of education, research, extension, outreach, and public service; and to elevate alums and donor connections within the statewide NMSU system.

The NMSU Foundation raises $20M annually with 17K donors and aims to increase to $40-50M per year to grow the Foundation’s assets to surpass the $1B mark in the next five years. The most recent capital campaign, Aggie Discovery! ended in 2019, raising over $125M. The Foundation plans to launch its next capital campaign in approximately three years. To achieve this new level of support and growth, the Foundation Board has invested significant resources to expand staffing, plan big, and elevate the overall program. The successful candidate will bring a collaborative, strength-based leadership approach that engages the Board, Foundation team, and the University community in growing the philanthropic ambitions of the Foundation.

The New Mexico State University Foundation seeks a Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations with a demonstrated ability to plan and implement a comprehensive development and alumni program based on best practices, particularly in pre-campaign planning and campaign implementation, including experience working in a complex university environment and managing significant change. A bachelor's degree is required for this position, as is at least eight years of experience as a leader in development, campaign management, and operations. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the New Mexico State University Foundation and the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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