Summary of Duties: In partnership with the Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of WSU Foundation (CEO), the Associate Vice President for Administration (AVP Administration) maximizes opportunities for organizational effectiveness related to operations and support in the WSU Foundation; works directly with staff and across departments to collect information, analyze data and identify strategies for optimal efficiency and effectiveness. The AVP Administration will provide ad-hoc analysis and decision support for the CEO on a wide range of subjects and priorities. Initiate and manage short to mid-range projects that will enable strategic implementation of elements related to fundraising and campaign readiness; work to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they reach the CEO. Act on the authority of the CEO to oversee projects that typically require cross-unit collaboration and resource allocation; provide project management and planning for strategic initiatives. Serve as the representative of the CEO in university and college settings when appropriate; disseminate information and communicate ideas on behalf of the CEO; respond on behalf of the CEO when issues arise; Identify and implement strategies related to investment and long-term growth in the organization. Support the CEO in building a best practice Board of Directors that aligns with a billion dollar endowment. Work closely with the AVP for Strategic Communications to develop internal and external messaging with key volunteers, donors, and alumni; provide input for the planning of the CEO's internal and external communications, both written and oral. Manage the identification and execution of contracts with vendors as it relates to strategic projects in support of philanthropic objectives and campaign readiness.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Bachelors degree in relevant field and three (3) years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified within the project specialty. A Masters degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.