Muncie, IN

Vice President for Development, Ball State University

The Organization

Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University serves approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students across seven academic colleges with about 190 undergraduate programs. Ball State offers more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Originally founded to meet the need for more and better teachers, Ball State has earned a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation and serves as one of Indiana’s public research institutions while remaining committed to empowering its graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

At Ball State University, diversity is an integral part of its identity. Success depends on the University’s efforts to cultivate inclusivity within its pedagogical, scholarly, and creative pursuits. Community is an inherent and crucial aspect of such efforts at local, national, and international levels. As the University recruits and trains a diverse administration, faculty/staff, and study body, it strives to ensure that Ball State students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments. Ball State will be a place recognized for its positive climate—one where all stakeholders know that their contributions to the mission of the University are essential to success.

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Ball State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Position Overview

Vice President for Development
Ball State University Foundation

The Ball State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to execute strategic direction for Ball State’s development team and fundraising campaign.

The Vice President for Development reports to the Ball State University Foundation President and Vice President for University Advancement and is responsible for driving all major gift activity for the Foundation. The person in this role works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer to help coordinate all principal giving efforts. The Vice President serves as a member of the Foundation’s executive leadership team and works in collaboration with the Foundation President to manage, motivate, and steward Foundation board members for the purpose of increasing philanthropic support to the Foundation and University. The incoming vice president will be expected to provide leadership to the development team, manage a comprehensive fundraising campaign, and develop an aggressive development program that increases the donor pipeline and ultimately increases private support to the institution.

The Vice President for Development should be highly motivated with a strong record of demonstrated fundraising experience and success in a highly complex organization or University setting. The incoming Vice President should be a self-starter, strong communicator and possess a high degree of integrity. The Vice President should have experiencing managing a fundraising department engaged in a comprehensive fundraising campaign of $100 million or more. The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree plus seven year of fundraising experience working in a complex organization or University setting, or a bachelor’s degree plus ten years of fundraising experience working in a complex organization or University setting.

How To Apply

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include, as separate documentation, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting the Ball State University Foundation in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Monday, November 16. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Kim Brettschnieider

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