California State University Long Beach - Vice President for University Relations and Development

CA, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) invites nominations and applications for the position of vice president for university relations and development. 

The vice president for university relations and development (VPURD) reports directly to the president and provides vision, leadership and oversight of a large and comprehensive institutional advancement program to include, fund raising, alumni relations, public affairs, publications, estate and gift planning, government relations, marketing and communications, and advancement services. The VPURD serves as the chief development officer for the campus and advises the president and other senior-level leaders on all university relations and development matters that supports the academic mission of the university by creating awareness, building enduring relationships and generating philanthropic support. The VPURD is a key member of the president’s senior leadership team and as such participates in strategic planning and works collaboratively with leadership across the institution – in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, among others – to ensure alignment with and creative approaches to support key academic and university priorities, initiatives and opportunities. The VPURD also serves as CEO of the 49er Foundation and works in close coordination the Foundation Board of Directors to advocate for the people and programs at the university, manage private support and steward donors.

CSULB is a student-centered, research-driven, diverse and globally engaged public university committed to providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world. CSULB transforms lives by expanding educational opportunities, championing creativity and preparing leaders for a changing world. CSULB enrolls over 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate through 81 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master’s degrees, 16 education-related credential programs and three doctoral degrees (two joint and one independent) within the Colleges of Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Professional and International Education. 

CSULB seeks a collaborative, entrepreneurial and goal-oriented advancement leader who has demonstrated success in leading a large and productive team of university relations and development professionals and a strong track record of fundraising and organizational success in the context of a campus-wide campaign, including significant experience raising funds for academic programming and intercollegiate athletics. The successful candidate will have experience partnering with executive and academic leadership to create sophisticated gift strategies and close principal gifts. CSULB designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institute (AANAPISI), is committed to instilling passion in its students that will lead them to greater community engagement, fulfilling careers, and meaningful lives. The incoming VPURD should be committed to the mission and be a strong communicator with superb management skills and possess a collaborative and open leadership style and values consistent with the California State University System, its mission and its focus on student success. A graduate degree is preferred with a minimum of 10 years of directly related experience in progressively responsible senior-level university relations and development positions.

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 by June 10, 2022 to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jevon Walton at

California State University Long Beach values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.