Job Posting

Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation


Dakota State University | Madison, SD
Salary Range: $125,700 - $157,100

At Dakota State University, we are a dynamic and forward-thinking institution at the forefront of technological innovation and academic excellence. Situated in Madison, South Dakota, DSU provides a cutting-edge education that prepares students for success in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Distinguished for its commitment to excellence, DSU has earned multiple Center of Excellence designations in education, research, and regional resource development from the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

We are seeking a visionary leader for the position of Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director (VPAED) of the Dakota State University Foundation. Reporting directly to the University President, and serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President is the chief executive officer of the Dakota State University Foundation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with University leadership, faculty, staff, athletics, and the community, including the Board of Trustees, the VP actively contributes to formulating and implementing strategic direction and goals. The VP’s primary responsibility is to lead the ongoing comprehensive campaign focusing on capital improvements, scholarship support, academic program assistance, and endowment growth.
  • The VP is dedicated to securing funds for the University’s programs and offering scholarships to support students. Ensuring fundraising success, the VP actively participates in events, supervises professional staff, and enhances the efficiency of initiatives. Additionally, the VP establishes and nurtures lasting relationships with key donors, expanding and diversifying DSU’s donor base and pipeline.
  • The VP aims to enhance and sustain the foundation’s visibility and engagement with constituents. The VP organizes annual events to boost awareness and donor engagement, fostering a culture of philanthropy for Dakota State University and its Foundation.
  • Ensure transparent and accountable financial reporting mechanisms, providing regular updates to senior leadership and the board of trustees, on budget performance, variances, and financial health. 


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited educational institution required, a master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of leadership experience in non-profit/corporate foundations, staff management, development, and fundraising.
  • Showcase a clear understanding of charitable organizations, operations, and volunteer management.
  • Budget management and financial acumen.
  • Exceptional written communication and verbal presentation skills.
  • Exhibit a genuine passion for community engagement, contributing to the ongoing efforts of the Dakota State University Foundation.
  • Express a strong commitment to DSU’s mission as a public institution dedicated to serving students from the local region and beyond.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Flexible benefits package – health, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, hospital indemnity insurance, flexible spending account, health savings account, health reimbursement account.
  • South Dakota Retirement System. Employees receive 6% fully matched contributions from SDRS and are vested after three years of service.
  • Paid time off – full time 12-month employees earn 15 days per year of annual leave and 14 days of sick leave per year. In addition, employees receive 11 federal paid holidays.
  • Reduced tuition for education.
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Paid family leave 

How to Apply:
DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and a list of at least three references.

Applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled.

In addition to the exciting professional opportunities at Dakota State University, employees will have the privilege of enjoying the benefits of Madison, South Dakota. Nestled in the heart of the state, Madison offers a unique blend of small-town charm and modern amenities, creating an ideal environment for work-life balance.

The city boasts a range of recreational activities, from picturesque parks to outdoor events, fostering a sense of community engagement and well-being. Madison’s scenic landscapes and proximity to nearby lakes provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, whether it be fishing, hiking, or simply enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.

Madison’s location within South Dakota provides easy access to larger cities, cultural events, and regional attractions. Madison is only a short 50 minute drive from South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls.

DSU is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE.