Associate Dean of External Affairs, School of Professional Studies (SPS)
January 5, 2018
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Dean of the School of Professional Studies with a dotted line to the Columbia University Office of Alumni and Development, the Associate Dean [for External Affairs] is responsible for planning, developing, and administering a coordinated effort to establish and strengthen ties with a variety of school constituents; raising private funds and developing external sponsorships to support the strategic initiatives of the School; overseeing effective recognition and stewardship programs for all alumni, donors, and friends; and ensuring that SPS is engaged with the community. The Associate Dean oversees the budget of the Institutional Advancement Team, including funds earmarked for fundraising, alumni affairs, board development, business development, and community relations activities.
Specifically, in partnership with the Dean, the Associate Dean -Develops and implements a plan for all fundraising and annual campaigns, as well as alumni, corporate, and foundation giving; -Manages a staff comprising of Alumni Relations, Community Affairs, Business Development and Institutional Advancement professionals. Partners closely with colleagues in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and the Dean's Office. -Leads a variety of activities and initiatives that promote alumni satisfaction and engagement; -Cultivates and manages the School's relationship with its Board of Overseers; -Fosters relationships with corporate partners and other friends that result in financial support and other sponsorships that advance the School's objectives; and -Helps to promote SPS' commitment to advancing access to higher education by building strong relationships with and engaging community stakeholders in the communities of which Columbia's campuses are a part.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required, along with a minimum of 10 years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise is required in the following: fundraising, alumni affairs, and/or business development; relationship management and in cultivating/pursuing institutional and corporate relationships; strategy, organizational management, and leadership. Qualified candidate must have experience in leading and managing teams, an executive presence and an ability to be a high-level representative of the School. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required, along with exceptional attention to detail, as well as, strong organization and time management skills. Individual must have the ability to perform non-routine work with changing priorities. Entrepreneurial spirit; proven consultative and client service approach to solving business problems and addressing new opportunities and Significant experience with the Office Suite of programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Visio)
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in business, fundraising, or nonprofit management. Corporate, foundation, and/or higher education experience. Expertise in grant writing and/or creating high-level and detailed proposals, pitch materials, and presentations. Familiarity with social media; ability to communicate and engage with various audiences through a variety of technology platforms.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.