| Advertised Summary Job Description: The Mailman School of Public Health seeks an Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations who will be a key member of the Dean's senior leadership team. The Associate Dean's primary responsibility is to lead efforts to raise private, philanthropic funds to help support and amplify the School's current work, maximize its impact, and achieve its aspirations. The Associate Dean will be responsible for creating and implementing a strategic plan for development, building and supervising the development and alumni relations staff, and sustaining and growing the pool of major, individual, and institutional donors to the School. The Associate Dean will also serve as a senior strategic thought partner to the Dean and other senior School leaders, including members of the Board of Overseers.|
The Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations will:
work with the Dean to devise and accomplish a strategic plan for development, including ambitious and realistic goal-setting for fundraising, and plans for improved alumni relations;
identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide recognition and stewardship to major and principal gift prospects for restricted and unrestricted giving to the School;
lead the planning and launch of an ambitious campaign to support the educational, research and service aspirations of the School, including working with colleagues from throughout the University to coordinate the School's campaign efforts with the University's;
partner with the Dean and Chief of Staff to support the School's 32-member Board of Overseers, including directly staffing its development committee and working to develop philanthropic giving from the Board;
build strong relationships with leaders of the School's academic departments and research centers, educational enterprise, and other colleagues, to understand their aspirations and pursue the support needed to realize them;
partner with the Chief Communications Officer and other colleagues to develop compelling messages for donors and to raise the School's visibility and reputation within the philanthropic community and with the School's alumni;
build, structure, develop, mentor, and supervise a highly effective department with the strategic and implementation skills to work on a fund raising campaign, secure major gifts, grow annual giving, and increase alumni engagement;
serve as a member of the School's ten-person senior management team, advising the Dean on major strategic decisions for the School.
The position will directly supervise the activities of a Director of Institutional Partnerships; Director of Development, Major Gifts; Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund; and an Administrative Assistant. Additionally, the office consists of three associate directors, one assistant director, one development associate, a major gifts officer, and two development support analysts.
This search will be handled exclusively by the Aspen Leadership Group.
General Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of ten years of increasing responsibility in development with a record of successful major/individual gift cultivation and solicitation.
The ideal candidate for the position of Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations will have:
- the ability to think strategically and creatively;
- strong implementation skills;
- superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills with donors, prospective donors, alumni, Board members, and internal stakeholders;
- the ability to serve as an articulate and engaging spokesperson to the donor community about the importance and role of public health and the work of the Mailman School of Public Health;
- experience building a high-performing, strategic and collaborative fundraising team;
- proven ability to serve as a strategic thought partner to globally-recognized leaders, and as a facilitator of philanthropy at high levels (seven figures and above);
- desire and ability to work collaboratively with other members of the School's senior leadership team and participate in high-level decision-making for the School;
- political savvy, integrity, and discretion;
- outstanding organizational skills, with the ability to track and complete multiple projects on a timely basis; and
- commitment to, and passion for, the mission of the Mailman School of Public Health and public health more generally.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The candidate selected for this position must undergo a full background check before a final offer of employment is made.
Preferred Qualifications: A master's degree plus previous experience in higher education or health-related institutions, fifteen or more years of development experience, five or more years of senior management experience, experience with board building, and significant principal gifts experience (seven figures and above) are highly
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