Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

College Park, Maryland
Sep 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development with a dotted line to the Dean of the Smith School of Business, the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations serves as the chief fundraiser for the Smith School with responsibility for formulating and executing an integrated program of development and alumni relations strategies to maximize philanthropic support for the school’s strategic initiatives. The Assistant Dean will actively manage a portfolio of 50-75 of the school’s top major and principal prospects; strategically manage the Dean’s development and alumni relations activities with a focus on using him to engage, cultivate and solicit principal gift prospects; manage a team of 20 professionals and support staff to advance best practices that promote philanthropic engagement and support from all constituencies; and develop volunteer philanthropic leadership, overseeing the strategy and recruitment for the Smith School Advisory Board and Campaign Committee. The Assistant Dean is a key member of the Dean’s leadership team and a senior leader of the University’s development staff.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record in major and principal gift fundraising with a particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans and executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives. S/he will be a talented and effective staff manager and mentor with the ability to motivate and inspire while ensuring accountability, productivity and growth. The assistant dean must be able to navigate and excel in a highly-complex organization, engage and collaborate with academic, institutional and volunteer leadership.


Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred.

10+ years of progressively responsible experience in the field of advancement or related environment; 
Significant experience with the successful solicitation of six- and seven-figure gifts from individuals, preferably within a university or college setting; 
Significant supervisory experience, and the ability to supervise a staff made up of a mix of professional and administrative support staff;
Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
Proficiency with desktop software, databases, and networked information systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The position requires the ability to plan and think strategically and manage a team for results. A broad understanding of higher education, and particularly of public research universities, and an appreciation of the mission of business schools are important.

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