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Division of Human Resources

Vice President for Development

The Position

Reporting to the University President, the Vice President for Development (VP for Development) is the chief development officer for the University of South Carolina flagship research campus in Columbia, as well as Palmetto College, comprising four two-year regional institutions (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union) and Palmetto College Online, the online degree completion program. The Vice President for Development also has a coordinating role with the chancellors, deans and development offices at the three University of South Carolina four-year comprehensive institutions in Aiken, Beaufort, and Spartanburg.

Major duties and tasks of the Vice President for Development include but are not limited to:

Fund Development

  • Collaborate with the University President, the President’s Cabinet and Executive Council, the Council of Academic Deans and the President/CEO of University Foundations to establish appropriate fundraising goals, priorities, and policies and implement strategic initiatives to support the University’s mission and vision.
  • Partner with the Alumni Association to build and maintain strong relationships with students, donors, alumni, and friends of the University.
  • Provide development strategies with special campaigns that fall under the umbrella of any University-wide capital campaign.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects, engaging the University President and Board members in cultivating and closing gifts, as appropriate.
  • Lead the preparation and implementation of the next University-wide capital campaign.

 Executive Management

  •  Provide management oversight and direction to all Senior Associate, Associate and Assistant Vice President positions and Directors of development located in the colleges and schools across the Columbia and Palmetto College campuses.
  • Develop and manage the budget for development and fundraising efforts in collaboration with other senior officials of the University of South Carolina System (UofSC), the leadership of the UofSC Foundations and the Foundation Board members.
  • Closely partner with University deans to ensure their priorities are development-based strategies and provide guidance as needed. Partner with system campuses regarding fundraising results and value-added through constituent database system services.
  • Develop and foster a staff culture that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork and recognizes shared success.

External Relations, Communications & Partnerships

  •  Work collaboratively with University Development Division colleagues to ensure a consistent message is delivered to alumni, current and prospective donors, friends, and other university partners. Through collaboration develop a communication plan that supports the University’s development activities and coordinates fundraising efforts for the Columbia campus.
  • Actively participate in University Development Division and External Affairs events, boards, clubs and constituent program meetings to develop professional relationships.
  • Work with key volunteers to plan and direct fundraising efforts to benefit the related schools/colleges and the University.


Qualified candidates will bring significant experience and an impressive track record in fundraising, particularly in major gifts. They will demonstrate best practices around stewardship and relationship building. Previous experience working with a major research institution is highly desirable.


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Application and Nomination Process

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