Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations

Executive Director Stout University Foundation

The University of Wisconsin-Stout invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations.


An innovative leader within the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Stout offers an unparalleled career-focused education that integrates applied learning, theory and research and real-world experiences to prepare our students for the future. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we’re proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 47 undergraduate, 21 masters and 3 advanced programs and more than 30 certificate options in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 8,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

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University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


University Advancement works with the members of the Board of Directors of both the Stout University Foundation and Stout Alumni Association Boards to cultivate, solicit, and steward private support to meet the mission of the University. For 60 years, the Stout University Foundation has provided support to the University through student scholarships, faculty support, and academic and non-academic programs. Working with University leadership, priorities are identified, and fundraising strategies developed to achieve fundraising goals. With more than 69,000 alumni, the Alumni Association promotes engagement opportunities in a wide variety of programs both on and off campus. Through this engagement, alumni continue to embrace and promote the Polytechnic mission of UW-Stout.


The Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The Vice Chancellor is responsible for development, alumni, and donor relations. The Vice Chancellor will advise the Chancellor and other senior officers of the university on all aspects of development and alumni affairs and will effectively promote internal and external understanding and support of the university’s unique polytechnic mission as correlated with giving and engagement goals. The Vice Chancellor’s primary responsibilities will be to develop and implement university-wide and unit-specific strategies for development and alumni engagement including any comprehensive, project, or program-specific campaigns; to build and lead the necessary infrastructure to support these efforts; to provide the Chancellor and other key internal leaders in their work with top prospects and donors; and to oversee coordination of development and alumni engagement efforts across the university.


  • Provide strategic vision for and leadership of the university development plans to enhance the image and understanding of the UW-Stout’s Polytechnic mission, and to increase support for the university in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the university.
  • Provide advice, counsel and leadership for the Stout University Foundation, and its Board of Directors, committees and affiliated organizations.
  • Participate as an active member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and foster collaboration that supports development efforts and alumni engagement.
  • Plan, develop and implement strategies to solicit and acquire funds for the institution, including annual, planned, and major gift program.
  • Plan and prepare the university and foundation staff for comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
  • Facilitate efforts to increase funding and all other forms of institutional support for the research, instructional programs, and co-curricular programming of the university from public and private foundations and business and corporate partners in conjunction with the University Partnership Council (UPC). Working with the UPC, strengthen and develop new external partnerships to advance the strategic plan of the University.
  • Provide oversight for the donor stewardship program including donor recognition, naming opportunities, event coordination, strategic communication plans, and consistent reporting to donors on the impact of philanthropic giving to the university.
  • Provide advice, counsel, and leadership to the Stout Alumni Association and staff to facilitate development of alumni engagement strategies and programs that promote meaningful alumni engagement with the university, including the alumni annual awards that celebrate professional achievement.
  • Provide guidance in the interpretation of the University of Wisconsin System’s policies and procedures as they apply to the University Foundation and Alumni Association.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for the Stout University Foundation and Alumni Association to all departments within the University community.
  • Promote greater awareness of funding and volunteer opportunities within the University at the local, regional, state, and national level.
  • Be an active partner in expanding and developing fundraising plans to increase support from UW-Stout's external corporate partners.
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of fundraising staff who are dedicated to increasing support for all UW-Stout programs including, but not limited to, academic programs, faculty support, athletics, student scholarships and student programs.
  • Supervise the direct accounting, transmittal and acknowledgement process for all gifts and donations to the Foundation. Coordinate the acknowledgement of gifts made directly to the University.


  • Strengthen a culture of philanthropy among UW-Stout alumni, students, friends, and partners.
  • Expand alumni and student engagement through collaboration with the Alumni Association and staff to develop meaningful programming to track and encourage and increase participation.
  • Establish the infrastructure necessary to successfully support the university’s next comprehensive campaign.
  • Lead efforts to help raise financial support for major capital projects.
  • Develop fundraising initiatives with a goal to increase annual unrestricted support by 5% and a goal to increase unrestricted and restricted support to the Stout University Endowment by 3% annually.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least seven years of professional and progressive fundraising experience
  • Professional working knowledge of university advancement, alumni relations, fundraising and external relations, board management and management principles and best practices
  • A proven track record with direct responsibilities personally cultivating, soliciting, securing, and stewarding major gifts

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or terminal academic degree
  • Experience at an institution of higher education
  • Exceptional leadership, fundraising, management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a range of institutional stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and senior administrators, to achieve university priorities and goals
  • Designation as a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE)


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.¿

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


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To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by November 6, 2022. Applications submitted after November 6, 2022 may be reviewed until the position is filled.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter*
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Inclusivity Statement: Equity, diversity and inclusion are important to the mission of UW-Stout. Please submit a one-page or less statement demonstrating your past/ present work, volunteer, and lived experience and how you envision carrying that experience into your work at UW-Stout.

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Kristi Krimpelbein


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Bethany Risler

Phone: 715-232-1279


Job Family: Supervisory