Director of Advancement Talent &
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s flagship
land-grant and space-grant institution, and the NMSU Foundation
seek a highly-collaborative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial
professional to serve as Director of Advancement Talent &
Culture. The Director will join a dedicated advancement team,
contributing to the Foundation’s growth, and will play a critical
role in identifying opportunities to support NMSU community impact,
especially for students and faculty. The Director of University
Talent & Culture is responsible for development and
implementation of comprehensive talent management and culture
enhancement platforms to strengthen organizational effectiveness
and employee engagement. This is a key leadership role in the
Advancement team, managing within a complex organizational
structure that includes direct supervisor of Advancement human
resources administration professionals and partnership with the
university’s central Human Resources staff. This is a wonderful
opportunity for an accomplished professional to help raise
philanthropy at NMSU to the next level and join a vibrant
For the NMSU community, private philanthropic support is vital
to increased accessibility. The recently-completed Ignite Aggie
Discovery Campaign, the largest in the university’s history, raised
over $125 million across three distinct pillars – student
discovery, faculty and staff discovery, and NMSU achievement. Of
the total, $39 million was dedicated for student support, and $56
million was raised for programmatic and research support. With an
endowment of over $230 million, NMSU and the NMSU Foundation have a
massive opportunity to raise even more for student, faculty, and
Critical to the continuation and growth of NMSU’s impact, the
University will rely on talented, motivated development leaders to
amplify its fundraising and broader Aggie community engagement
strategies. To develop and execute an ambitious growth plan, NMSU
is looking to attract professionals with the unique balance of
success, authenticity, and passion for the New Mexico
Ideal candidates will be dedicated, hard-working, and curious. A
personal and professional commitment to valuing the differences in
who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think, is vital.
Excellent organizational skills in addition to superior verbal,
written and interpersonal skills are essential.
Required Education & Experience
The position requires a bachelor’s degree and ten (10) years of
professional directly related experience to the standard duties as
New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of
a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment
in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative
and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to
evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands
and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud
Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New
Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of
sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who
enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and
bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability
through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while
preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological
systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered
employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to
take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by
NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a
comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research,
public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system
includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative
Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33
counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New
Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than
15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.
The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico
and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of
El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is
the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the
agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which
extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ
Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s
landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains,
and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance
of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other
locations in the broader borderland region.
Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces
and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to
thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that
offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation,
amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for
top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and
comfortable place to live.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Works closed with the NMSU Human Resources team, ensures the
policies, programs, organizational and compensation administration
delivers the best overall employment experience for Advancement
staff at every level.
- Plans employee engagement activities, projects and talent
initiatives to promote organizational culture.
- Provides directions and guidance on how decisions are made that
advance the mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives of the
- Promotes and demonstrates respect, collaboration, and friendly
customer service in all working relationships.
- Serves as a business partner, coach and confidante to staff
across the Advancement division; advising and assisting leaders in
making decisions that balance the needs of the organization with
the needs of employees.
- Partners with Advancement supervisors and managers, and NMSU HR
Compensation & Classification unit to evaluate organizational
structures, develop new or modified position descriptions, and
provide recommendations regarding staffing.
- Provides guidance to management regarding the employment
process, including ensuring compliance with all search committee
processes, facilitating hiring decision discussions, promotion
recommendations, and finalizing and extending salary offers, as
- Collaborates to deliver professional human resources services
in the areas of recruiting, employment, compensation, employee
relations retention, and organizational and human resources
- Collaborates as needed with University Human Resources
regarding employee relations matters.
- Acts as liaison between Advancement employees and University
- Researches and gathers background information on a variety of
- Compiles information and prepares reports, letters, memos, and
job-related documentation of a confidential nature.
- Creates and runs queries and analyses HR related date.
- Stays abreast of relevant regulatory changes to maintain
- Other related duties as assigned.
In addition to the abilities to achieve the above core
responsibilities, ideal candidates will possess the following
qualification and attributes:
- Knowledge in applied organizational development and
high-performance culture philosophy principles and practices.
- Knowledge of human resource policies, practices, precedents and
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Organizational skills.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Well-developed administrative skills, detail-oriented
- Team player with the ability to work with little
- Demonstrate highly effective speaking and presentation skills
with diverse experience presenting before large or small
- Ability to interact with faculty, staff and students in a team
- Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate
- Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
- Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and
- Ability to coordinate meetings.
How to Apply
We only accept applications from our website please use the link
below. The electronic application is
the official document that will be used
to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted.
Required documents must be attached to this application.
NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action