Vice Dean for Advancement, School of Arts and Sciences

Job description

Job location: 3600 Market Street

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-13
Req: JR00029609
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Vice Dean for Advancement, School of Arts and Sciences

Job Profile Title

Vice Dean of Administration

Job Description Summary

The College, SAS’s undergraduate division, enrolls 6,500 students and is by far the largest undergraduate school at Penn. The School of Arts & Sciences houses 27 departments and nearly 500 faculty scholars with honors that include the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer,and Nobel Prizes. As Penn’s intellectual core, SAS enrolls nearly half the University’s students and is integral in the education of all undergraduates as well as graduate and professional students, lifelong learners, and working professionals. Undergraduate offerings include more than 50 majors, signature interdisciplinary programs, and distinguished dual-degree programs. The Graduate Division includes over 30 graduate groups and offers the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Today’s Arts and Sciences faculty are at the forefront of their respective fields, creating transformative new understandings about the world around us, from ancient philosophy to astrophysics to political elections. Fueled by their discoveries, these faculty instill in our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students’ insatiable curiosity, boundless creativity, and a passion for life-long learning that are preparation for impactful lives.

The School of Arts & Sciences is composed of three main divisions:
College of Arts & Sciences
The undergraduate division of Penn Arts and Sciences, the College is the academic home for more than 6,200 students and provides a liberal arts foundation for all Penn's undergraduates. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.
Graduate Division
The home of doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, with more than 30 graduate groups that award the Ph.D., as well as a number of programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
College of Liberal and Professional Studies
LPS is the home of lifelong learning at Penn, with options for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, summer, and online studies as well as customizable professional training with courses that span across discipline.

For more details on Dean Steven Fluharty’s vision for SAS please see the School’s most recent Strategic Plan. Today’s SAS faculty are at the forefront of their respective fields, creating transformative new understandings about the world around us, from ancient philosophy to astrophysics to political elections. Fueled by their discoveries, these faculty instill in our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students’ insatiable curiosity, boundless creativity, and a passion for life-long learning that are preparation for impactful lives.

As the largest undergraduate school at University of Pennsylvania, the School of Arts and Sciences(SAS) has been one of the world’s great homes for the study of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its distinctive academic excellence –at once rooted in tradition, forward-thinking, and outwardly engaged –was established by Penn’s forerunner, the College of Philadelphia, the first institution to pursue an arts and sciences curriculum emphasizing both the classical and the contemporary.

SAS is seeking a true advancement leader. The Vice Dean will spearhead both the philanthropic and communications functions of the School that generates up to $75 million in annual support.The ideal candidate will have a sincere and genuine interest in the breadth and depth of the School and be a sophisticated diplomat who can interact with a variety of donors, faculty, staff, and stakeholders. A proven manager who can work in a complex and collaborative environment, the Vice Dean will bring professional expertise and best practices to SAS. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of an advancement program, including closing major and principal gifts, working with senior leadership, managing marketing and communications work and successfully engaging various groups and constituencies. The ability to inspire a culture of philanthropy to successfully build and grow an integrated advancement program to its greatest potential is essential.

The Vice Dean will join a collaborative and collegial Dean's leadership team and participate in the academic, financial, and physical planning of the School of Arts and Sciences, while also serving as a member of the Senior Vice President's senior management team. Working closely with the Dean and members of the faculty, advisory boards, and volunteer groups, the Vice Dean manage and promote their active involvement in the fundraising process and orchestrate the use of their time and talent to advance the School's quest for external support.

Front and center in Dean Fluharty’s philanthropic funding priorities are undergraduate financial aid and endowed professorships.

Undergraduate Financial Aid
Penn offers an unparalleled education to the most talented applicants, regardless of means and sets the gold standard in higher education with the largest grant-based financial program in the country, distinguished by need-blind admissions for all applicants in North America, a commitment to meeting 100% of assessed financial need, and offering grant based financial aid packages. Since 2008, Penn has increased its financial aid budget by more than150% and 46%of undergraduates receive direct grant support from Penn.

Endowed Professorships
Endowed professors, at all levels, have the School’s strongest expression of support, and, through teaching and research, extend the School’s influence beyond campus. An endowed professorship is an indispensable tool for both recruiting distinguished faculty and retaining and rewarding current faculty who are among the best in their fields. Appointment to such a position provides support that moves current research forward and enhances the ability to secure future funding.

The Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professorships is one of the innovative ways that Penn has expanded the idea of endowed professorships. PIK Professors hold joint appointments in two or more schools and exemplify excellence in multidisciplinary scholarship and learning. PIK Professors are remarkable for their drive to solve complex, real-world problems, and deepen the University’s rich tradition of collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

To see 2020 university-wide accomplishments view Penn's 2020 Year in Review.

To learn more, call
Carmel Napolitano, Vice President
917-310-3586 or send nominations or cover letter and resume to [email protected]

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Job Description

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the University's Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, the Vice Dean provides strategic leadership for an advancement program that incorporates resource development, alumni and constituent engagement and marketing and communications for the School. The SAS Office of Advancement Office has a strong and collaborative working relationship with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The Vice Dean will be expected to foster a consultative partnership with all the central service areas.

Specific Responsibilities:

•Provide strategic oversight to the entire SAS advancement program, which includes marketing, communications, publications, development, and alumni relations activities Supervise and mentor a 36 member staff with four direct reports.

•Serve on the Dean’s senior leadership team; this includes collaborating closely with the Dean on all aspects of advancement; collaborate with the School’s leadership team and participate in broad oversight of the School, including establishing and monitoring annual and strategic goals.

•As a member of the University’s senior development management team, serve as an active participant and leader in planning and strategy and policy development for University-wide development and alumni relations activities.

•Serve as the lead fundraiser for the School and manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects.This includes staffing the Dean and other academic leadership in their fundraising activities.

•Manage and staff the School’s Board of Advisors; establish and execute a plan for engagement, including managing the recruitment effort to assure a diverse and engaged Board. General oversight for other volunteer boards including the Professional Women’s Alliance and the Ambassador Council.

•Develop and reinforce best-practice fundraising programs, within the context of a broader University development effort. Ensure that the SAS advancement staff works in conjunction with the University's overall development and alumni relations organization, draw on its support services,and integrate SAS initiatives with the University's overall fundraising effort.

•Oversee the SAS school-based public relations and communications program, including playing key role in addressing complex and difficult public relations issues for the School.•Responsible for the resource management, the planning, operating budget planning and performance associated with the School’s advancement program.


•A minimum of 10 years of successful fundraising experience, including a strong record of accomplishment soliciting major and principal gifts ($5 million and above) from individual donors. It is essential for candidates to also have experience in capital and endowment campaigns.

•Previous oversight of corporate and foundations relations, alumni engagement and communication programs is desirable, as is oversight of and participation in a successful campaign.

•Experience in an academic setting or a complex organization preferred; transferable experience in other institutional settings considered.

Essential skills include:

•Excellent management skills: the ability to set goals and performance standards, provide constructive feedback, and achieve established program goals. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

•Ability to work effectively in a large, complex institutional setting and develop and sustain productive and effective relationships with donors, faculty, colleagues, and departmental senior management.

•Intellectual curiosity and commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education essential as is the ability to articulate the case for support.

Other important skills and attributes include:

•Comfort with ambiguity and change.

•Demonstrated tact, sensitivity, maturity, and good judgment.

•Proven record of professionalism, entrepreneurialism, organization, and creativity.

Must be willing to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed; valid driver’s license required.

To learn more, call
Carmel Napolitano, Vice President
917-310-3586 or send nominations or cover letter and resume to

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Development and Alumni Relations

Pay Range

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 7/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time