Vice President for Institutional Advancement

  • Job posted by California Institute of Integral Studies

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States


Company Description:

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited non-profit university that strives to embody and integrate spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. Since its inception in 1968, CIIS has been a pioneer in integral teaching and learning, offering innovative degree and nondegree programs that explore multiple aspects of the human condition. Academic rigor is combined with a learning environment planned to be personally and socially transformative. Well known for its programs in counseling and clinical psychology, its merging of philosophical traditions, its dedication to multiple ways of learning and teaching, and its recognition of the importance of spirituality, CIIS brings together students and faculty seeking to make a difference. An orientation to healing is expressed not only in the programs directed toward individual mental and physical health but also in a pervasive commitment to sustainability and social justice. An early adopter of online learning, CIIS has long sought ways to make its education accessible to those who cannot reside in the Bay Area.

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Job Description:


CIIS seeks applications and nominations for a Vice President for Institutional Advancement (Vice President).

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement provides strategic leadership and direction for the development and alumni functions at the university. This hands-on position is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to ensure successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals with the potential to make significant contributions to the Institute's continued success. The Vice President manages and oversees all aspects of development and alumni relations operations and services to expand and build relationships and partnerships with potential donor constituencies. Playing a leadership role in promoting the public image of the university, the Vice President reports directly to the President and is a senior member of the university administration.

As the university's chief advancement officer, the Vice President is a member of the President's Cabinet, works closely with the President and key members of the Board of Trustees, and works collaboratively with the Cabinet, Deans, Faculty, and Staff. The Vice President will manage and coordinate meeting the university's fundraising goals, develop its key alliances and partnerships, and fulfill related strategic goals.



Qualified candidates will be aligned with the Institute's mission and values. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible positions in advancement, including demonstrated effectiveness managing a department or team. The selected candidate will have success in securing a new donor base, major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, special events, constituent engagement, strategic planning and departmental management -- and will have a record of effectively achieving established goals. The Vice President will have strong management skills, both strategic and operational. The Vice President will have strategic planning and decision-making capabilities based on research, analysis and sound judgement to be applied toward the development and fulfillment of an innovative advancement, and will be able to build collaborative relationships with both the academic community and a diverse alumni and constituent base. The Vice President will demonstrate self-confidence, integrity, warmth and a flexible leadership and personal style, combined with a sense of humor that will earn the respect and attention of the greater CIIS community. The Vice President must have superior communication skills to express verbally and in writing CIIS's mission and fundraising goals with clarity, passion and persuasion. Must be willing and able to travel and to be available to work evenings and weekends as needed for special events.

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


  • Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
  • Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).

Application Instructions:

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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