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SSPP Dev & Alumni Rel

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The Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations (Associate Dean)directs all phases of a development and alumni relations program for the Sanford School,including principal and major gifts, annual fund and stewardship; serves as primary liaison to the Sanford School's Board of Visitors; and provides oversight of the alumni relations program,including student engagement,life-long engagement, and volunteer and philanthropic cultivation.The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development. The Associate Dean is also a member of the Duke University Development Cabinet, working closely with the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development and other senior members of the University development and alumni relations staff.

Work Performed:
  • Work with the Dean to develop a long- and short-term strategic plan,addressing the fundraising needs of the school.
  • Define fundraising priorities and giving opportunities with attention to strategic needs of the school, synergies with affiliated centers and programs of the school, and University-wide initiatives.
  • Set and devise plans to meet aggressive fundraising goals for the school.
  • Assist faculty in the recognition and prioritization of institutional funding needs; keep abreast of institutional priorities, University programs, personalities and events.
  • Work closely with the Dean to execute fundraising and alumni relations efforts that make the most effective use of the Dean's time.Maintain close collegial relationships with the senior administrative team of the Sanford School so that the objectives for each of the areas (academic affairs, student affairs, admissions, career services, communications, and informational technologies) can be incorporated into the work of Alumni and Development.
  • Ensure that each administrative area is accurately and fully represented in fundraising efforts, alumni activities, and general outreach to the external community.
  • Oversee school corporate and foundation relations, individual giving -principal and major gifts,annual giving, and stewardship - alumni relations, alumni information systems, outreach events and advancement services.
  • Ensure all activities are conducted at a consistently high standard that will support the development efforts of the school.
  • Manage a portfolio of the school's top prospects and donors.
  • Develop strategies for principal and major gift solicitations; identify, cultivate and solicit principal and major gifts from prospective individual donors.
  • Guide the expansion of the base of support to the Sanford School to include increased numbers of alumni, corporations, foundations, parents and friends of the School.
  • Cultivate and present proposals to corporate and foundation prospects for school's institutional priorities.
  • Collaborate and coordinate fundraising initiatives and prospect management with the other schools and units of Duke University.
  • Maintain and develop procedures in coordination with and consistent with established recording procedures of the Office of Alumni and Development Records to ensure effective collecting,recording, accounting, acknowledgment and follow-up on all private gifts to the school.
  • Serve as principal liaison to the Sanford School Board of Visitors.
  • Work in concert with the Dean to provide engaging and dynamic Board Meetings and leadership volunteer activities.
  • Plan and schedule work for the Development & Alumni Relations staff ensuring proper distribution of assignments and adequate staffing, space and facilities for subsequent performance of duties.
  • Direct various personnel functions including, but not limited to, supervision, hiring, performance appraisals, promotions, transfers, professional development opportunities and vacation schedules.
  • Oversee all endowment agreements, ensuring compliance with University reporting requirements and donor stewardship.
  • Determine fiscal requirements for the Development & Alumni Relations Office; develop budgetary priorities; track progress and recommend adjustments as necessary.
  • Prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
In addition, ideal candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity with academic environment and Duke University.
- Experience managing, motivating and retaining a staff with multiple priorities and within the context of a complex university development system.
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skillsgenerally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Minimum 8 years of progressive fundraising experience and leadershipsuccess. Exposure to all facets of fundraising, including annualgiving, major gifts and successful relationship building with keyconstituencies. Experience with identification, cultivation andsolicitation of principal gift prospects ($1M+) preferred.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/21/2018
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