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As Cornell University prepares to publicly launch its campaign, the Assistant Dean will play a critical role in creating alumni engagement and fundraising strategies that build on the College's strong tradition of philanthropic giving and committed alumni base with the goal of meeting campaign dollar, donor and engagement goals. The Assistant Dean will lead and inspire a sophisticated staff of 7 across alumni relations and major gifts and serve as a strategic partner to the school's Dean, Rachel Dunifon, a thoughtful leader, who is highly supportive of fundraising and engagement activities.
The successful candidate will be an innovative, intellectually curious, collaborative and broad thinker who has demonstrated ability in securing major gifts. S/He will drive and inspire a culture of discovery as Cornell focuses on building out its constituency to its greatest potential.
The College is home to approximately 1,250 undergraduates, 200 graduate students and over 100 full-time faculty who study human life from scientific, social and design perspectives. The mission of the College of Human Ecology is to improve lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments.
Cornell provides exceptional benefits that include professional development, wellness programs, health care options, generous paid leave provisions, 12 holidays, employee education options, a retirement program, and Children's Tuition Assistance. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Sets campaign and annual fundraising goals in collaboration with the Dean, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, Sr. Associate VP of Cornell Development, and the Associate VP for Colleges and Units.
Provides professional support for the Dean and the Human Ecology's Dean's Advisory Council, serves as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team.
Leads the development of overall fundraising and alumni outreach strategies to include the Dean's involvement with prospects and donors to maximize support.
Prioritizes and coordinates Dean involvement in alumni affairs and development related events.
Promotes the College of Human Ecology to internal and external constituencies to effectively pair interests with prospective sources of external support.
Coordinates prospective initiatives with individual giving officers and other Alumni Affairs and Development colleagues.
Serves as chief liaison for department chairs, program directors, and faculty on development matters. Serves as a major gifts officer for 10-20 prospective donors/households with the capacity to give $250,000 or more.
Responsible for leading, directing and coaching a nimble team while providing continued feedback and performance evaluation, as well as ensuring adherence to division policies and best practices.
In collaboration with the AVP for Colleges and Units, develops and implements an overall strategic alumni engagement program in support of constituency and volunteer-leadership development.
Builds and stewards corporate relationships on behalf of the Human Ecology where applicable. Develops and oversees an annual budget.
Serves on division-wide committees and tasks forces that support the further development of Human Ecology's and University's alumni affairs and development program.
Bachelor's degree with more than 7-10 years of progressively responsible fund raising and leadership experience, including individual fund raising.
A strong record of major and principal gift fundraising experience which will lead to donor investment in priority areas.
Particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans, executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives, developing fundraising strategies.
Possession of outstanding organizational and communication skills, both written and oral and the ability to build collaborative relationships.
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.
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