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Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships

Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut, United States
9 days ago


Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the search for its inaugural Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

Reporting to the University President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships will provide vision, leadership, oversight, planning, assessment, and management of all aspects of development and the creation of strategic partnerships in support of CCSU’s mission, including academic, community, corporate, and alumni relations. The Vice President will oversee the operations of the following: CCSU Foundation, Inc., CCSU Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Advancement Services, and the CCSU Travelers EDGE Program. The primary emphasis of this position will be to diversify the revenue sources for the University.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser who has the ability to strengthen the Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnership Division conducting community and corporate outreach, establishing entrepreneurial academic and corporate partnerships. We seek an individual with fundraising management, relationship-building and prospect development experience. This individual will serve as Executive Director of the CCSU Foundation and expand our prospect base so as to ensure the continued growth of the Foundation’s $99M endowment. The Vice President will ensure compliance with all Federal, State, Board of Regents, and CCSU fundraising and ethics laws, regulations, and policies.

The incumbent will be required to work evenings, weekends, and some travel.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate must have:

  • A minimum of 5 years of successful managerial and leadership experience in fundraising, foundation affairs, and not-for-profit management.
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising of $1M or greater.
  • Demonstrated success in prospecting, developing, and building productive internal and external strategic partnerships with business and industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a division consisting of multiple departments, with separate goals and objectives and organizational structures (such as Institutional Advancement, CCSU Foundation, CCSU Alumni Affairs, Corporate development and strategic partnerships) as well as the assets, budgets, and operations of the distinct areas.
  • Experience in fiduciary compliance and alignment of various fundraising initiatives and management with state, local, and federal rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where cultures, identities, perspectives, and opinions are valued.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborative team member; effectively manage professional, managerial, and support staff; and apply sound principles of human resource management.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following:

  • Experience in the design, execution, managing, and championing a successful capital campaign (excess of $5M).
  • A terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience with entrepreneurial academic program growth and development, corporate strategic partnerships, and partnership development for the advancement of students.
  • A commitment to shared governance and experience working in a collective-bargaining environment.

Candidates who do not meet the required qualifications are encouraged to provide a written statement of equivalent combination of relevant education and professional experience.

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, CCSU enrolls 9,653 students (Fall 2021). This includes 6,071 full-time undergraduates, 1,677 part-time undergraduates, 484 full-time graduate students, and 1,421 part-time graduate students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the students are from Connecticut. An increasingly residential campus, 57 percent of CCSU’s first-year students live on campus; 24 percent of all undergraduates live on campus (pre-pandemic percentages).

A longstanding strength of CCSU is its faculty. Partnered with its 419 full-time faculty are 415 part-time faculty, many of whom are practitioners in their fields and who add a breadth and depth of experience to the classroom. CCSU faculty members are actively engaged in research, scholarship, and other creative activity as well as the supervision of undergraduate and graduate research. At the same time, a sustained primary commitment to personalized teaching and learning permeates the campus. A 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows for substantial individual attention. Consequently, CCSU provides the diversity of educational opportunities generally found only at larger institutions with the close student-faculty relations found at the best private colleges.

CCSU also has approximately 450 full-time and 726 part-time staff and student worker, all of whom are true partners in the educational enterprise at CCSU. A strong network of collective bargaining units represents nearly every CCSU constituent group. A collective commitment to shared governance unites faculty and staff and is a hallmark of the University.

Central’s five schools – the Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business (AACSB-accredited); the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; and the School of Graduate Studies – offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as several sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nurse anesthesia practice. In recent years, Central has added master’s programs in accounting, exercise science, business administration, and STEM education

The Campus Community:

CCSU is a campus community focused on students and their educational development. The low student/faculty ratio allows for close interaction with faculty and individual attention to students. The average class size is 25; no classes are taught by graduate students. The faculty serve as teachers, mentors, advisers, and research partners with students.

The University offers a four-year interdisciplinary honors program to eligible students in any of the undergraduate schools. The program requires two four-credit courses per semester during the first two years and a capstone honors thesis during the junior year. All honors courses are team-taught. Honors students are eligible for a $4500 scholarship which is renewable for up to three years.

CCSU students have a variety of opportunities to do individual research with the guidance of a faculty member, both during the year and over the summer. The University has an annual research day where students of all disciplines can present their research or creative activity. The University awards travel support for the best work in each academic area so that students can present their work at national meetings such as the National Council for Undergraduate Research.

CCSU also has a robust commitment to community service. Under the direction of the Office of Community Engagement, the University provides a variety of service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Options include service-learning courses, service projects, and volunteering. The Office of Community Engagement works collaboratively with the Community Engagement Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate consisting of faculty and staff committed to community engagement. In 2016, the Community Engagement Committee was awarded the first CT Campus Compact Campus Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to foster more community engagement activity by CCSU faculty and students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized CCSU’s work by designating it a Community Engagement Institution; CCSU was also selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Reflecting the growing diversity of Connecticut, CCSU is an increasingly diverse campus. The largest minority groups in the student body are Hispanic/Latino (15.7 percent), Black/African-American (11.8 percent), and Asian (4.6 percent). Hispanic/Latino students and Black/African-American students have both increased significantly in number over the past several years. Seventeen percent of the faculty are people of color: Asian 4.7, Black/African American 5.6, and Hispanic/Latino 3.7. Twenty-three percent of the staff are people of color: Asian 3.3, Black/African American 9.1, and Hispanic/Latino 9.3. CCSU offers a variety of academic and co-curricular programs that support diverse students and offer them opportunities to explore the many cultures and issues that are important to our increasingly multicultural society.

Adding to campus diversity are the University's international programs and activities supported by the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE). Founded in 1987 as a state-wide center for excellence in international education, the CIE has established a number of community and university partnerships around the globe. It also offers both short-term, faculty-led programs, as well as semester- and year-long programs. The CIE is also home to the Intensive English Language Program. CCSU enrolls international students in both degree- and non-degree programs. During the past ten years, CCSU has become a more residential campus. Fifty-seven percent of first year students live on campus. CCSU offers its students a full range of clubs and activities, including musical groups; academic, honorary, and special interest clubs and societies; dance and theatre groups; student government; various student-run media; campus ministry; and social fraternities and sororities. As CCSU has become more residential, the level of student activity has increased, making the campus more vibrant.

At the same time, a large portion of CCSU’s students are commuters, many of them balancing their academic work with family obligations and full-time employment. CCSU values its commuter students, recognizes their special needs, and makes every effort to integrate them into campus life.

The Central Connecticut Blue Devils, an NCAA Division I athletics program, competes in the Northeast Conference, offers intercollegiate competition in seven men's sports and nine women's sports. CCSU students are offered a variety of recreation, fitness, and wellness options, including 25+ intramural activities and club sports, a C.J. Huang Recreation Center and a variety of wellness and fitness classes.

The Campus:

CCSU’s 165-acre campus sits on the northern edge of New Britain, with easy access to major highways and Interstate 84. In 1999, Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates completed a campus master plan that analyzed the current space available and projected campus growth over the next two decades. In 2009, a detailed campus master plan for facilities renewal and expansion through 2021 was adopted with the promise of State support. Since then, the University has methodically implemented this plan and in so doing has made CCSU’s campus highly functional, much more supportive of its core mission and student needs, and aesthetically pleasing.

In 2012, a new Engineering lab was completed; in 2013, the new $34 million Social Science Hall was completed to LEED Gold standards; in 2014, a $10 million Athletic complex for baseball, football, soccer, and track was completed; and in 2015, a $65 Million 600-bed Mid-Campus Residence Hall was completed. Willard-DiLoreto Hall, a $63 million renovation, expansion, and joining of Frank J. DiLoreto Hall and Emma Hart Willard Hall was completed in 2019 as well as the 70,000 square foot, $25 million C.J. Huang Recreation Center. Nearly completed is the construction of the 9500 square foot, $22 million renovation and expansion of Barnard Hall, a 100,000 square foot, $65 million Applied Innovation Hub building and the Willard-DiLoreto Parking Garage, a 600-car parking facility. Currently under construction is the $16 million expansion of Burritt Library. In total, these projects represent an impressive investment by the State of Connecticut in CCSU’s future and the transformation of its campus.

CCSU was a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and the University subsequently has become a leader in sustainability efforts. As a result, CCSU is recognized by the Princeton Review as “one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the USA and Canada.”

For more information about Central Connecticut State University and the CCSU Foundation, Inc., visit and

The Greater New Britain Community:

Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of approximately 72,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas. Nicknamed “the Hardware City” for its rich industrial heritage, it is home to Stanley Black & Decker. Important cultural institutions include the New Britain Museum of American Art and Walnut Hill Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70% of the population as White, 13% as Black or African American, 3% as Asian, and 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native. Currently 4.6% of New Britain’s population identify themselves in more than one racial category and 43% of New Britain’s population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Fifty percent (50%) speak a language other than English in the home and 19% were born internationally. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rico and Poland or consider themselves to be from the African-American, Italian, or Irish ethnic backgrounds.

In addition to its close proximity to Hartford, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Massachusetts, two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities. The CTfastrak bus rapid transit system, begun in March 2015, offers frequent connections between New Britain and Hartford and points as far west as Waterbury.

The larger region provides excellent opportunities for CCSU to partner with major corporations and organizations. It currently has close ties with: Travelers, Pratt & Whitney, CohnReznick, GKN Aerospace, Stanley Black &Decker, The Hartford, UTC Aerospace Systems, Otis Elevator Company, Sikorsky, General Dynamics, Electric Boat, Parker Hannifin, and the Kaman Corporation.

Application and Appointment: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority review will begin on 1/2/2022.

To begin the application process, visit and select the job posting.  Applicants are required to electronically submit the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest addressing the qualifications for this position
  • Current résumé
  • Names of three current professional references with title, email addresses and telephone numbers

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships is compensated at the Executive 3 salary level in accordance with the CSCU Human Resources Policies for Management and Confidential Professional Personnel.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience as administered in the above noted policy. For additional information regarding compensation procedures including salary range, please select the above link.

The State of Connecticut and CCSU are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.

Fringe benefits include personal, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, and prescription plans, group life insurance, a choice of retirement plans, retirement health care, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (CCSU, Eastern, Southern or Western), as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits, such as Deferred Retirement Compensation plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, long term and short term disability plans.

For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted. Please ensure your Social Security Number is not listed on any documents submitted.

For more information, contact Terry Thompson at

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59992084
  • Location:
    New Britain, Connecticut, United States
  • Position Title: Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships
  • Company Name: Central Connecticut State University
  • Industry: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: Executive Level
  • Required Travel: 10-25%

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