VP of University Advancement

Anthem Executive   Jackson, MS   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on June 6, 2024


Jackson State University (JSU), an HBCU and comprehensive urban research university, invites nominations and applications for the position of VP of University Advancement (VP). The University’s next VP will offer innovative and dynamic leadership to advance JSU’s legacy of success.

The VP serves as the Chief Advancement Officer for the University and serves as a liaison to the JSU Development Foundation. The VP provides leadership, strategy, expertise, and enhances the development and operation of the Office of University Advancement to include advancement, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, advancement and stewardship services, alumni relations, and other diversified activities that promote corporation, foundation, and individual endorsements for JSU. This position reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s cabinet.  

The VP provides leadership within the office and works effectively with administration, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and other internal and external contacts. Duties require high-caliber coordination of diversified programs to assure accomplishments of the complete goal or mission. The VP must possess the ability to communicate, obtain support, and work collaboratively with internal and external parties, including top government officials and/or business executives, in advocating for advancement of the University.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Meeting specific fundraising goals established each year thorough foundation grants, major individual donors, corporate donors, annual giving, alumni giving, capital campaigns, and other gifts, grants, or bequests.
  • Establishing a strategic plan for development and fundraising. Preparing and carrying out a comprehensive long-range plan for various functional areas of development and fundraising.
  • Working collaboratively with the President, university committees, and faculty to identify donor prospects among individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Planning and executing events for maximum impact on development and external relations.
  • Preparing development proposals and presenting development projects to various corporations, foundations, and individuals.
  • Reviewing proposed policies and procedures; evaluating and serving in an advisory capacity to the University Officers and making recommendations for improvements in university Development Office programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Seven (7) years’ experience with a successful fundraising track record.
  • Experience in communications, media, and/or public relations.
  • Experience in strategic planning, program planning, supervision, and financial management.
  • Successful leadership of a diverse team.

Jackson State University, a coeducational institution, is supported by the State of Mississippi. The University is supported by legislative appropriations supplemented by student fees and federal and private grants. The location of the University in the densely populated section of Central Mississippi is such that nearly one-half of the students come from within a 50-mile radius of the institution; however, the population includes students from every county in the state. A significant number of students also come from outside the state and from foreign countries. The campus is a scenic 245-acre tract situated one mile west of the main business district of the city and is easily accessible from area U.S. Highways and Interstates. A modern airport with direct connections to major cities–north, south, east, and west–is about 15 minutes away.

From a private church school in Natchez, Mississippi, with 20 newly freed slaves to a Carnegie-designated higher research institution with a student enrollment approaching 6,000, Jackson State University’s transformation is a testament to courage, vision, and leadership. Washington Monthly magazine has annually ranked JSU among the nation’s top colleges for social mobility, research, and service, and it also is considered one of the top “Military Friendly Schools.” Accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the University offers 47 bachelor’s degrees, 37 master’s degrees, three specialist-in-education degrees, and 11 doctoral degrees.

Known as "The City With Soul,” Jackson is Mississippi’s capital and largest city. The metropolitan area consists of a growing population presently estimated at 568,000. The John R. Lynch Corridor near JSU holds significant historical and cultural importance. This corridor has witnessed a rich tapestry of events, serving as a vital hub for the African American community’s social, economic, and educational life for many generations. It was a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, with JSU at its heart, playing a pivotal role in advancing racial equality and justice in the 1960s. The West Jackson neighborhood is an expansive area of almost a dozen different communities, multiple schools, hundreds of businesses and nearly two centuries of history. The Jackson Zoo, JJSU, and the Mynelle Gardens Botanical Center are found here.

Jackson, chosen by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine as the Best City in Mississippi, is noted for its beautiful architecture – from the magnificent Capitol building to the modest home of Medgar Evers, a slain civil rights worker. Convention South Magazine editors also selected Jackson among the top 10 “Ministry-Minded Cities” in the South. Life in Jackson pulses with music – gospel, blues, rock, jazz, classical and everything in between – born from a tradition steeped in the arts.

Scores of unique museums and outdoor attractions, hundreds of events and festivals, three historic cultural districts, innumerable visual and performing arts, hot sports action, and cool nightlife await you in Jackson. The local cuisine is classic Southern, ranging from satisfying Soul Food to creative Southern Fusion, to international fare with a Southern flair.

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submit materials to Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, JR Wheless, or Florene Stawowy at:


While applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. Anthem and JSU reserve the right to end or extend the application and nomination process at any time. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

SU is an EEO employer. All applications are considered without regard to race, color, national origin, disability (whether actual or perceived by others), religion, age, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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