The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Cornell University is recognized internationally as a leader in animal medicine, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report consistently since 2000, the College will continue to excel in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. The college strives to advance animal health through discovery-based research, the delivery of excellent clinical care, and continued vigilance against the spread of diseases. Additionally, clinical services provided in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA, Ithaca), the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS, Stamford, CT), and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES, Elmont, NY), as well as the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC, Ithaca) are responsible for more than $40 million in annual revenue.
The College seeks an Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development who will have dual accountability to both the Associate Vice President for Colleges & Units in the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development and to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. This position is responsible for formulating, strengthening, and executing an integrated program of development and alumni-relations programs to maximize support for the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Assistant Dean will serve as the chief development officer for and direct the College's grateful client, engagement and development programs, with responsibility for securing private philanthropic support in excess of $13 million or more annually.
The Assistant Dean will provide professional support for the Dean and the CVM's Advisory Council, which will involve serving as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team; leading the development of overall fundraising and alumni outreach strategies to include the Dean's involvement with prospects and donors to maximize support; prioritizing and coordinating Dean and faculty involvement in alumni affairs and development related events; ensuring all supporting information is prepared and available for the Dean; and ensuring that there is an effective link between the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development and the Dean.
In collaboration with the Dean, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, Sr. Associate VP of Cornell Development, and the Associate VP for College Alumni Affairs and Development, the Assistant Dean will set campaign and annual fundraising goals for the College.
The Assistant Dean will promote the College of Veterinary Medicine to internal and external constituencies, and effectively pair interests with prospective sources of external support. S/He will coordinate prospective initiatives with individual giving officers and other Alumni Affairs and Development colleagues. The Assistant Dean will serve as a major gifts officer for 15-30 prospective donors with the capacity to give $250,000 or more.
Travel is expected on average eight days per month in support of CVM priorities, including personal cultivation and solicitation visits and events. The Assistant Dean will act as prime or secondary for assigned prospects, and help to create cultivation and solicitation strategies with prospect managers. The Assistant Dean will provide leadership and vision for AAD staff assigned to CVM and with CVM prospective donors in an effort to help raise fundraising results to the next level. The Assistant Dean will plan and coordinate events on and off campus. S/He will build and steward firm and corporate relationships on behalf of the CVM. Duties will also include hiring, training, mentoring, managing, and evaluating staff, as well developing and overseeing an annual budget. The Assistant Dean will serve on division-wide committees and tasks forces that support the further development of the CVM's and University's alumni affairs and development program.
Bachelor's degree with more than 10 years of experience, or equivalent.
A strong record of major and principal gift fundraising experience, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship.
Particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans, executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives, developing fundraising strategies.
Possession of outstanding communication skills, both written and oral and the ability to build collaborative relationships.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrating the ability to work and partner with colleagues across a complex institutional framework.
S/He must possess the enthusiasm and drive to influence the interplay between College fundraising priorities and a hybrid fundraising organization.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships on behalf of the University, and engage in a strong team-based environment with a mixture of staff, faculty, administration, alumni, and volunteers.
Prior experience leading and managing a comprehensive development operation, including effective leadership, direction, and supervision of an experienced professional staff.
Ability to establish performance standards and manage staff performance.
Proficient with desktop software, databases, and networked information systems.
Advanced degree in law, business, or related field.
Seasoned fundraising professional with experience working in a large, complex institution or university with professional schools.
Experience in international fundraising and the cultural sensitivity it requires; knowledge of the players, strategies, and trends in global philanthropy.
Specific experience working for a CVM would be beneficial.
Knowledge of nurturing fundraising, working with high-level individuals to advance relationships that will lead to their investment in priority areas.
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