The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking an experienced development professional to join a strong executive leadership team at the University as well as volunteers, community leaders, and alumni to build a high-performing fundraising and alumni relations team.

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement role, which reports directly to the President, offers a proven development professional the opportunity to engage with innovative executive leaders and motivated faculty, students, and staff members who are eager to embrace an exceptional candidate who will work with them to strengthen philanthropic support, relationships, and reputation of the institution.

Recently appointed by the UT System Board of Regents, President Heather Wilson is committed to the critical role that the advancement program plays in the University’s success. President Wilson will be highly engaged with the philanthropic, business, and civic communities and will rely on the Vice President for Institutional Advancement as one of her top strategic advisors.

University Overview

Located in El Paso, Texas, UTEP is among the top 5% of universities in the country for the volume and quality of its research (Carnegie R1 Top Tier Designation). As a national higher education leader that offers exceptional education at a great value, UTEP leads the nation in educating traditionally underrepresented students while positively impacting the economy and the well-being of the community it serves. Nine colleges and schools on UTEP’s campus provide a wide variety of rigorous degree programs and research opportunities for its more than 25,000 students, 81% of whom are Hispanic, at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, UTEP’s award-winning, sustainably designed campus landscape and unique Bhutanese-inspired architecture create an energizing and tranquil oasis in a vibrant academic setting. Given its location along the U.S.-Mexico border, UTEP reflects a bicultural University that positively impacts the Paso del Norte region — an area which represents the fourth largest manufacturing region in North America. UTEP develops talented people for meaningful lives and is a catalyst for continued economic development in the region and beyond.

During the past five years, UTEP has averaged $17.5 million annually in philanthropic support, and nearly 120,000 alumni (Miners) are part of the UTEP family.

UTEP is part of The University of Texas System. The UT System’s Advancement Academy offers professional development programs/training for advancement professionals at all 14 UT System institutions.

The University participates in NCAA Division I athletics through Conference USA. UTEP is the home of Sun Bowl Stadium and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

Office of Institutional Advancement Overview

The Office of Institutional Advancement, currently with its 45 staff members, is responsible for development and alumni relations programs and services.

The Vice President will lead the team working with internal and external constituencies, including a volunteer Development Board; and focus on increasing support through a balanced sustainable fundraising program and strengthening alumni engagement.

Position Key Accountabilities

  • Works directly with the President, the Development Board, deans, and other key leaders to implement Universitywide vision, priorities, and strategic context for fundraising, including specific annual and multi-year targets.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships of trust with University colleagues, donors, and community leaders.
  • Oversees and leads comprehensive campaigns.
  • Creates and successfully executes annual plans for fundraising and alumni relations operations that lead the institution’s overall development efforts to a high level of achievement and advance the strategic objectives of the University.
  • Develops effective strategies to engage various constituencies attracting major and transformative gifts and broadening the base of support.
  • Effectively coordinates advancement efforts across all schools, building aligned and positive relationships with deans, center directors, and the University leadership team.
  • Leads and manages the Office of Institutional Advancement. Builds a program of distinction with a balanced sustainable fundraising model. Develops operating guidelines and department budgets. Uses data and best practices to make informed recommendations and decisions.
  • Demonstrates depth of knowledge in all areas of development operations, ranging from front-line fundraising to operations, administration, and compliance. This includes major and planned giving, annual giving, alumni relations, advancement services, stewardship, reporting, and compliance, among other functions.
  • Implements best practices, performance metrics and standards to maximize fundraising efforts and obtain broad institutional exposure.
  • Develops a culture of philanthropy among students, alumni, corporate partners, and community supporters to build the base of support for UTEP for the long term.
  • Successfully manages a portfolio of high-potential philanthropic partners.
  • Collaborates with the Office of External Relations and University Communications to ensure compelling and coordinated messages relating to philanthropy.
  • Develops and encourages a robust alumni relations program that serves all alumni and provides meaningful engagement and service opportunities.
  • Responsible for the design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls that provide reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, and financial information is reliable. Complies with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or higher degree preferred; experience with and knowledge of academic fundraising is essential.
  • Minimum ten (10) years fundraising leadership experience with progressively responsible roles.
  • Preferred higher education capital campaign experience desired.
  • Deeply committed to the core personal values of integrity, collegiality and respect for others; energetic, intelligent, persuasive, entrepreneurial, inspiring, strategic and innovative.
  • Exhibits deep knowledge of best practices in higher education development and alumni relations.
  • Proven track record of successful major gift fundraising. Demonstrated success in identifying, personally cultivating, soliciting, and closing leadership-level and transformational gifts. Ability to convey academic needs and priorities to potential donors accurately, clearly, and persuasively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role alumni play in building a university reputation and paving the way for successful fundraising.
  • Strong management and leadership experience in a higher education environment, including the ability to recruit, empower, and sustain talented staff and to lead by example with internal and external constituencies.
  • Strategic planning and analytical skills.
  • Experience and ability to manage and embrace change in a fluid environment.
  • Appreciation for academic planning and its relationship to the effective application of basic fundraising principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good listener who demonstrates excellent judgment, discretion and humility.
Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials (CV or resume) to the contact as shown below. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2020. Kaye/Bassman International Corp. is assisting The University of Texas at El Paso in this search.

Trey Wright
Higher Education Practice - Managing Partner
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
Phone: 972-265-5338 – Direct
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or in the provision of services.